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R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.

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Sproul, a fixture in modern Christian apologetics, addresses the superstructure of the apologetical system, dealing with just two questions while laying down the structure that presuppositional apologetics should take. Discussing myriad issues along the way, Sproul gives logical defense to the concept of the existence of a God and to the validity of scripture. But rather than confronting them directly, he builds the case by a masterful exposition of both the apologetic method and the logical fallacies of the unbeliever's thought system. Tracks are roughly 10 minutes apiece, and Robertson Dean gives an intelligent and intelligible reading, drawing listeners in and keeping their attention while conveying deep philosophical ideas in a way that makes them easy to understand without oversimplification. S.M.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (September 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433503158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433503153
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Fla. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He can be heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and around the world, and on RefNet 24-hour Christian internet radio. Dr. Sproul has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, has spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and has written more than ninety books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also serves as general editor of The Reformation Study Bible.

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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mention the word Apologetics to your average Christian and know what happens? At best, you get that deer-in-the-headlights gaze as a response. At worst, you're told that Apologetics has to do with being sorry. Granted, if Christian Apologetics were about being remorseful, Dr. R.C. Sproul (Sr.) would write a read-worthy book on the subject. Truth be told, Sproul couldn't be boring if he tried. Christian Apologetics, however, is about providing a rational defence of Christianity's truth claims.

If you are a Christian and feel yourself lacking when your friends or family or colleagues challenge what you believe, you could scarcely find a better primer on how to respond than what is offered in _Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics_. The book consists of twenty-three chapters. But - and this is important - each chapter is little more than five pages in length. Combine the chapter length with Sproul's readable style and unique ability to communicate complex Christian truth claims clearly, and what you have is a palatable and helpful book. As a testimony from my own experience, I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it.

After dealing with some preliminaries (e.g. the biblical mandate for Christian Apologetics, the inability of Christian Apologetics to convert a non-Christian apart from the Holy Spirit, etc.), Sproul lays out the four pillars of knowledge, namely, the law of non-contradiction, the law of causality, the basic reliability of sense perception, and the analogical use of language. In so doing, Sproul points out that non-Christians have to undermine at least one of these pillars when denying Christian truth claims. Some very helpful examples from the history of philosophy are proffered.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Carter on February 2, 2006
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Outstanding! For any and all, christian and non-christian that hold to the notion that faith and reason are opposites of each other, I highly recommend this book. I have always been a christian however this book revealed truths to me that have stimulated a new and revitalized reason for believing. It also has revealed to me the half-truths that permeate the philisophical world and has helped me understand where many of the false notions and concepts dealing with the existence of God originated.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Nelson on October 11, 2010
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This is an excellent introduction to apologetics that places the bulk of the emphasis on the philosophical arguments typically used against theists. Essentially this is apologetics that focuses to begin with not on Scripture, but on epistemology. How do we know what we can know? This has been a critical arena for non-theists seeking to discredit the possibility of a God without the necessity of dealing with any particular god.

Sproul deals with the major epistemology topics of the law of noncontradiction, causality, the reliability of sense perception as a means for gathering knowledge, and finally the analogical use of language. He then moves on to an overview of key voices on the topic of natural reason and faith. He then moves on to offer the four basic explanations for why there is *stuff* - you, me, the earth, the universe, lemurs, what-have-you. Does *stuff* really exist at all or is it an illusion? If *stuff* is really there, did it get there by chance or by it's own causation? Could it have always been there in one form or another? Or does the fact that *stuff* exists necessitate an uncreated creator that is the source of all the *stuff* we know about today?

Afterwards there are several chapters dealing with key philosophers in the modern period who contributed powerfully (generally in the negative sense) to the discussion of the existence of God. Each is examined in light of the four major issues of epistemology to determine whether they are rationally sound or not. And finally Sproul deals with the reliability and authority of Scripture.

It is this last topic that seems to be the most briefly and inadequately treated, perhaps because Sproul expects that it will be more familiar to his readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Our old house on March 5, 2014
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Sproul's "Defending Your Faith" is the book I most frequently refer to when a student wishes to learn more about Apologetics when that is not his/her primary discipline.

"Start here," I recommend, "then come back if you want to know more and I'll direct you to other writers."

Simply put, this is a great book for introducing people to the study of Apologetics. The writing is of a level that it does not insult the reader's intelligence yet it also looks at the subject from a high enough point of view that the reader avoids getting overwhelmed. Sproul's trademark "western civilization lens" and Reformed Theology is of course at work, but for this teacher who usually deals with students coming from a western civilization-influenced background, that's fine, and the Reformed Theology background is easily covered by letting the student know what he/she is going to be reading on the front end.

Is this the definitive, end-all authoritatively detailed textbook on Apologetics? Of course not, and one should not expect to purchase that type of book for the price one spends on "Defending Your Faith." But it IS a very valuable addition to Apologetics studies and I recommend it.
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