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

Douglas Groothuis
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Book Description

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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"I found this to be an excellent resource and a must-have for the library of anyone with any interest in defending the faith--from beginner level to advanced. . . . I commend Groothius for providing such a useful resource that many will benefit from for years to come." (Devin Pellew, Christian Apologetics Journal, Spring 2013)

"Groothuis offers as clear and as convincing a short exposition of the ontological argument as I have read. . . . As well as Christian apologists, students of the philosophy of religion should find this a useful book." (Paul Richardson, England On Sunday, January 22, 2012)

"Christian Apologetics is undergirded throughout with solid scholarship, razor-sharp reasoning, and copious footnotes. . . . The thoughtful layperson will be guided along the author's line of reasoning in logical progression. . . . By applying cogent insights in the book, the church can truly turn the world upside down for the glory of God." (Robert Velarde, Christian Research Journal, Vol. 34, No. 06)

"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 (PhD, 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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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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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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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Uneven May 31, 2012
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This book is written by a philosopher, and it shows. The sections about philosophical arguments for and against theism are interesting, well written, and understandable. It appears, at least to a lay person, that the author is engaging with some of the best thinkers and their arguments.

The sections on biblical apologetics (including the authenticity and historicity of the NT, the Resurrection, Jesus' claims, etc.) are OK but not outstanding, basically recapitulating the standard arguments. I suppose it's useful to have those arguments in one place, but the author does not appear to deal with the conflicting views or evidence in the depth that you would expect from a scholar. You might get the impression from reading these sections that Dr. Groothuis has silenced all his opponents, but I don't think this is necessarily true.

The sections related to science are a problem. The chapter on cosmology is not bad though suffering from somewhat the same problem of being written by a non-expert (as far as I know). The chapters on evolution and intelligent design, however, are truly embarrassing for a book of this caliber. It would honestly be better just to drop them from the book entirely, since they're simply a rehash of the intelligent design view, engaging very little with the meat of the debate. This is not good apologetics.

When contrary, evolutionary arguments are presented, it's usually via the works of the ID writers. Judging from the rest of the book, I don't think that the author intentionally presents quotes out of context but in these chapters, with a gold-mine of quotes drawn from the ID archives, it is the rule.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those of you who hate it, I challenge you to attempt to read ...
This is the most well referenced book I have ever read. If anything in it strikes you, you will know directly where to go to dig into the concept even deeper. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Hope
5.0 out of 5 stars it was like Groothuis read my mind and address it within the ...
Wow, this book is absolutely incredible. VERY well written and comprehensive! Every time I thought of a contrasting argument, it was like Groothuis read my mind and address it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matt Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend it. The class was taught by the author ...
Wow. Highly recommend it. The class was taught by the author himself. This is a comprehensive read, a bit much to "gather in" during the 16-week course. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph C Prince
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 8 months ago by Brendan Everingham
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Published 9 months ago by Cherestine Baker
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For school!
Published 9 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 10 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
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Presentation of Apologetics
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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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