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Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Groothuis
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The Christian worldview proposes answers to the most enduring human questions. But are those answers reliable?

In this systematic text, Douglas Groothuis makes a comprehensive apologetic case for Christian theism—proceeding from a defense of objective truth to a presentation of the key arguments for God from natural theology to a case for the credibility of Jesus, the incarnation and the resurrection. Throughout, Groothuis considers alternative views and how they fare intellectually.

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"Douglas Groothuis does Christian apologetics the way it needs to be done, situating apologetics within a Christian worldview and answering the troubling questions that people are actually asking--questions to which they need answers if faith is going to be a live option. His book draws on many years of teaching and writing about apologetics, distilling the most effective arguments in defense of the Christian faith." (William A. Dembski, author of The End of Christianity)

"Christian Apologetics is an outstanding book that I wholeheartedly endorse. It is one of the most thorough, insightful and well-written apologetics books I have read in a long time. Groothuis has the rare ability to write in a way that is understandable to the nonspecialist and yet rigorous enough to challenge the apologetic connoisseur. I wish every Christian would read this book carefully and then pass it on to a skeptic for discussion, interaction and dialogue." (Sean McDowell, author of Apologetics for a New Generation)

"Groothuis is a leading evangelical thinker and Christian Apologetics is a monumental result of decades of study and reflection. Breathtaking in scope, clear in style, this book is now the go-to text in the field. I know of nothing like it, and I enthusiastically recommend it to all who want to learn to give an answer for the hope that is within them." (J. P. Moreland, author of The God Question)

"Christian Apologetics is a full-scale defense of the Christian faith that is accessible, relevant and wise. This book not only reflects the work of a seasoned apologist; it is written with passion and conviction. I heartily recommend it!" (Paul Copan, Palm Beach Atlantic University)

About the Author

Douglas R. Groothuis (Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oregon) is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He has also been a visiting professor or adjunct faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (Colorado Springs extension), Metropolitan State College of Denver, Westminster Theological Seminary (California campus), University of Oregon, New College Berkeley and Seattle Pacific University. His articles have been published in professional journals such as Religious Studies, Sophia, Theory and Research in Education, Philosophia Christi, Themelios, Think: A Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Christian Scholar's Review, Inquiry and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has written several books, including Truth Decay, In Defense of Natural Theology (coeditor), Unmasking the New Age, Jesus in an Age of Controversy, Deceived by the Light, The Soul in Cyberspace, and, in the Wadsworth Philosophers Series, On Pascal and On Jesus.

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  • Publisher: IVP Academic (July 11, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "nothing like it" October 4, 2011
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I love apologetics and to say I have a few books on the topic is a vast understatement. And yet now as I look over my collection there is no one book which I have which covers the depth of apologetics and arguments as this book does. The only books which might come close is Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Baker Reference Library) and Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, but yet those books are different. Geisler's Encylopedia of Christian Apologetics is a dictionary and not is not one coherent argument for the Christian Faith, while Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview is more general in providing foundations for the Christian worldview by exploring topics like what is philosophy, general ontolgy, philosophy of time, ethics, different models for the trinity and the like. Groothuis's Christian Apologetics is focused on making the case for the biblical case and he does an astonishing job at this, rather than providing a general education on philosophical issues. Read more ›
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Case for Christianity August 23, 2011
A magazine for writers contained an announcement of a new book titled "Composition Number One." The pages of the book were unnumbered, unbound and could be shuffled randomly like a deck of playing cards. The reader was instructed to arrange the pages haphazardly in any order. "From there the story would unfold," the instructions said. This book is a striking symbol of the unbeliever's worldview. There is no ultimate order or intelligent organization; besides causation, induction are just the products of an unguided Big Bang. However professor Douglas Groothuis winsomely argues that the Christian worldview provides consistent order, reason, and a basis for causation; the good professor patiently helps the reader understand the chief arguments of Natural Theology and the evidence for Christian theism. Other worldviews, if they remain within the parameters that their foundation supplies, ultimately do not succeed; moreover Naturalism will only yield a cosmos that is perpetually chaotic, because it cannot supply the sovereign required for order guaranteed by providence.

Many skeptics aim to live a life of order and reason; they seem to have blind faith and believe in the impossible. It is contrary to intuition and seems impossible for order to come from unguided chaos.

"It is imperative that Christians defend and commend Christianity ardently, knowledgably, and wisely" (p. 647).

Professor Groothuis lodges his apologetic methodology within the great Classical tradition as he extends his defense into the realm of Evidentialism as well. He contends that the Christian worldview answers difficult questions that many in contemporary culture are asking.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, but at least it's comprehensive November 10, 2011
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When I got this book, I misread "comprehensive" to mean "decisive." I expected this book to really cover all the bases in a thorough and convincing way. But it appears that by "comprehensive," is mean simply "covering a wide selection of topics."

It seems to me that there are only two reasons to write a book like this. Either you have something new to contribute to the subject, or you think you can present the subject more clearly and persuasively than others. This book does neither of those things. This book is just a rehash of all the other standard apologetic arguments you see from William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, and all the big names in mainstream Christian apologetics. There's very little new information if you're already familiar with standard apologetics. The book is no improvement over past presentations either. In fact, I would say that other treatments are more clearly and persuasively argued than this one.

The one advantage of this book is that it is comprehensive. It takes all these various subjects that you might have to find in a variety of other sources and combines them all into one book. So as a beginning text on apologetics for people who are completely new to the field, this book is an excellent place to start. The comprehensiveness is a bit of a drawback because although it covers a wide range of topics, it doesn't cover any of them in great detail. The over all case for Christianity comes off as weak as a result. This is coming from somebody fairly well read in apologetics who thinks that the case for Christianity is very strong. I just don't think this book makes a strong case due to a lack of thoroughness.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars however I gave it a bad mark due to it's deceptive nature in the same...
I'll be fair, it's a comprehensive collection of arguments and with the title apologetic it's not trying to deceive the reader, the intent is clear, however I gave it a bad mark... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brendan Everingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome content!!!
Published 3 months ago by Cherestine Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
For school!
Published 3 months ago by David Tunison
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive is the word to describe this book
Dr. Groothuis has put together a very strong case for the Christian position. It's length (over 700 pages) could certainly intimidate some potential readers,but all in all I think... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Animal death and suffering before the fall?
This book is a decent reference book for many areas of Christian apologetics. The illusion, based on the massive thickness of this book, is that the book would be exhaustive on at... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tony
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, but not a casual read
This book was actually the main text in my seminary apologetics class, and while quite thorough, it is definitely not a casual read, and Groothuis actually contradicts himself in a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jay Shelton
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Presentation of Apologetics
The field of apologetics and the subject contained therein seems to be an ever expanding array of subjects. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael C. Boling
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked Groothius' book on apologetics
Groothius includes a wide spectrum of apologetics arguments from philosophy. He also has a good argument for Intelligent Design as he integrates Scripture with the way science... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas Stiles
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stand this book!
It was required reading in one of my seminary grad classes! I felt like I was reading a dictionary... with other people's definitions in it instead of Websters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ResaHJ
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for anyone engaging the Christian faith.
Just finished a thorough and meticulous reading of Christian Apologetics by Douglas Groothuis. It truly is a comprehensive and compelling case for the Christian faith. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joseph Satkowski
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More About the Author

I am a philosopher who serves as Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary and as an Affiliate Faculty at Metropolitan State College of Denver. I have authored two dozen academic papers published in journals such as Religious Studies, Inquiry, Sophia, Philosophia Christi, Think, and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. I have also published dozens of articles in magazines such as Christianity Today, Books and Culture, The Christian Research Journal, and many others.

I am the author of eleven books:

1. Unmasking the New Age (InterVarsity Press, 1986)
2. Confronting the New Age (InterVarsity Press, 1988)
3. Revealing the New Age Jesus (InterVarsity Press, 1990)
4. Christianity That Counts (Baker Books, 1994)
5. Deceived by the Light (Harvest House, 1995)
6. Jesus in an Age of Controversy (Harvest House, 1996)
7. The Soul in Cyberspace (Baker Books, 1997)
8. Truth Decay (InterVarsity Press, 2000)
9. On Jesus (Wadsworth, 2003)
10. On Pascal (Wadsworth, 2003)
11. Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2011)

I also co-edited the volume, In Defense of Natural Theology: A Post-Humean Assessment (InterVarsity Press, 2005) with James Sennett.

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