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ISBN-13: 978-1885767295 ISBN-10: 1885767293 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press; 1 edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885767293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885767295
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Doug Wilson is the pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho and editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine. He is the author of Easy Chairs, Hard Words, Reforming Marriage, and the co-author of Angels in the Architecture.

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Douglas Wilson is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). After his stint in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of Idaho, where he obtained an MA in philosophy.

As one of its founders, he has served on the board of Logos School, a classical and Christian school (K-12), since its inception. He is also a Senior Fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He is the author of numerous books, including Reforming Marriage, The Case for Classical Christian Education, Letter from a Christian Citizen, and Blackthorn Winter. He is also the general editor for the Omnibus textbook series. His blog can be found at www.dougwils.com.

All his favorite authors begin their names with initials--C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, H.L. Mencken, J.R.R. Tolkien, N.D. Wilson, and P.G. Wodehouse. The one exception is Nancy Wilson, a favorite author to whom he has been married for over thirty-four years. They have three children and fifteen grandchildren.

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You can read this book in an hour.
Phineas M. Hanks
This book would also be a great introduction to the subject of apologetics for teens.
L. Siabour
An excellent, accessible, readable book on conversational apologetics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chang Yuon on May 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much because of its brevity as well as its readability. It introduces the application of pressupositional apologetics through series of dialogues with the "Evangelist". Much like in Pilgrim's Progress, Evangelist meets interesting characters each with different objections to Christianity.
Let me just name a few topics that are covered: Existence of God, Problem of Evil, Evolutionism, Antinomianism, Legalism, and Roman Catholicism. Doug Wilson manages to even address practical issues like Marriage! What¡¯s great about this book is that it lays down clearly what Reformed Christians believe without getting too technical.
Although I would highly recommend this book to anyone, my only regret is that this book could have done much more. At times, I felt like the dialogues just ended too abruptly leaving the reader hanging. Therefore, in some ways length of this book is its weakness as well as its strength. I felt that much more could have been discussed in each dialogues. Maybe even tell the reader, for instance, what Antinomianism is before the dialogue begins. In fact, I think there is an error in the table of content regarding Antinomianism (topics of John and Bill should be switched). You see, I wouldn't have known that if I weren¡¯t already familiar with the subject.
I¡¯m just hoping there¡¯s going to be a sequel. =)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Russ on November 25, 1998
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This book is in the form of dialogues between a Christian and various people who have other world views (e.g., feminist, agnostic, pantheistic, etc.). Each dialogue is short and gets right to the point of showing the illogic of the other world view compared to the Christian world view. Outstanding!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "mailforbev" on March 5, 2001
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As a fairly new Christain and a student at a secular university, I would very strongly recommend reading this book. Apologetics is a daunting word to most (is was to me!) and this book is a gracious gift from God to those of us who want to learn more about the questions others have about the faith but in a very practical, conversational-type of manner. I just ordered it for a sweet friend of mine who is eager to learn more and I hope more Christians pick it up, to use the resources God has given to articulate better, why we can rest in our knowlegde of God.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
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Never before has apologetics been so easy to read and understand. Read this book, and then read Cornelius Van Til's excellent works.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Apologia on March 12, 2002
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Wilson lays easy to understand solutions against different worldviews. Page 44 is one of my favorite parts of this book:
"Your earlier chain of reasoning, and your statement just now, indicate that you believe in the validity of reason."
"That is correct."
"Why is that?"
"What do you mean, 'Why is that?'"
"Do you believe in the theory of evolution?"
"I certainly do. Science has settled the matter beyond question."
"So you believe that all we see around us is the result of time and chance acting on matter?"
"I do."
"And that nothing exists unless it is the result of this process?"
"Correct."
"So this is what lies behind my earlier question. Why do you believe in the validity of reason? How can time and chance, acting on matter, produce reason?"
This leaves many atheists virtually speechless or mute on the subject. You should make an effort to get Wilson's debate with Dan Barker. Furthermore, if you search any web enginge, you're liable to find Wilson's debate with Farrell Till and Theodore M. Drange.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By No one of consequence VINE VOICE on October 14, 2004
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Kudos to the author for an excellent primer on Christian apologetics. This semi-allegorical book is designed to equip the "average" Christian to understand the major criticisms of his faith, and how to refute them logically, lovingly, and effectively -- without needing a seminary degree!

The narrator relates his observations of Evangelist, who travels the road leading to the City, i.e. heaven. He meets a series of people traveling in the opposite direction, toward the Abyss which awaits at the other end of the road. Each mistakenly believes, however, that he is headed in the right direction. When Evangelist gently notes their error, each proceeds to explain to him why they are correct and he is wrong. Each dialogue is based on a different critique of Christianity, whether it be antinomianism, existentialism, or hypocrisy within the church, to name just a few. Each conversation ends with the traveler continuing on his way, with new ideas and implications to think about.

There are thirteen such encounters in all, each presented in a concise, easy to read chapter. The arguments follow a smooth logical flow, and the reasoning presented in each chapter is incisive. In short, this book enables the lay reader to quickly grasp and use some powerful tools to "be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear." This is an incredibly practical resource which can easily be read in one sitting. However, I definitely intend to re-read it when the opportunity arises. I commend this book to the reading of every committed believer in Jesus Christ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Holmes on August 23, 2007
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I was a little surprised at first by how lean this book is - there's one page of ... not explanation, really, but setup, and then a series of isolated vignettes. And that's it. No conclusion, footnotes, afterward, nothing.

The vignettes, though, are gold - gentle but powerful reasoning between "Evangelist" and various folks who are headed the wrong way on the road. "Evangelist", of course, is Wilson, doing what he does so well - jousting with opponents in the hope that they will lay down their weapons and join him at the Table.

I can best describe Wilson's style of argumentation as "insisting that folks take responsibility for what they are saying, with all the implications." As in real life, it ends with either 1. opponent thoughtfully walking away, considering new thoughts, or 2. continued disagreement, but with everything out in the open, or 3. spluttering indignation and stubborn persistence in the opponents, who are now bereft of their veneer of reason. Whatever the outcome, the vignettes are a great read, and great examples of evangelism by conversation.
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