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The Battle Belongs to the Lord: The Power of Scripture for Defending Our Faith [Kindle Edition]

K. Scott Oliphint
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Book Description

Apologetics is often considered the hobby of intellectuals, a philosophical "side dish" to Christian truth. But we all need to defend our faith and apply the truth to the concerns of our day.

Often the Bible is left out of this task. We’re told that what we need are strong reasoning skills, not revelation. But "it is the Bible that we need, and must open, if we are going to think about and prepare to do apologetics," says Scott Oliphint. "To refuse to use the only weapon that is able to pierce to the heart, is to fight a losing battle." In clear, biblical terms he explains the issues involved in defending the faith and guides us in that effort. Readers will be encouraged to reason from Scripture, confident that the battle belongs to the Lord.

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About the Author

K. Scott Oliphint (M.A.R., Th.M., Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of apologetics at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia. He has written numerous articles on apologetics and is coauthor of If I Should Die Before I Wake: Help for Those Who Hope for Heaven.

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  • File Size: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing (November 14, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00597T5NC
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctrine the way it should be May 22, 2006
Every so often I read a book which simultaneously plugs a lot of holes in my knowledge and creates a lot of new ones. Every so often I read a book that increases my confidence in the Bible and the gospel but also makes me question where my trust really lies. The Battle Belongs to the LORD (BBL) is one of those books. As the subtitle may suggest, this book is about apologetics. I went through a phase, in my early twenties, of reading all the apologetics books that I could get. I thought that if I knew all the arguments for topics such as God's existence and Christ's resurrection I would be a better evangelist. After about three years I turned my back on apologetics due to what I perceived to be its utter failure to convince people about the truth of the gospel.

If I am being really honest I always knew that I had not really thought about the whole issue of apologetics biblically. I had read plenty of books but spent little time in God's word, so when I read the start of the preface to BBL I got a rekindled interest - "This book is meant to be an introduction - and a beginning - to a lifetime of defending and commending the Christian faith. Its goal is to point you to biblical principles that will provide a foundation for that task." I purchased the book on the strength of this statement.

Oliphint goes on to say that "[t]he purpose of this book is to get us to open our Bibles again when we think about apologetics." This stands in great contrast to the prevailing thought on apologetics which is that "reason, not revelation, is the proper source of truth for our apologetics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Should Be in Everyone's Library December 4, 2003
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This book goes a long way in rooting apologetics or the defense of the Christian faith firmly in Scripture and the Triune God of Scripture.
The author has taken passages of scripture and demonstrated their apologetical import. In so doing, he shows us the necessity of every Christian to be a student of Scripture. Apologetics, we are shown, is not a matter of "method", but of being able to rightly divide the word of God and properly placing our faith in Him as we defend.
This book is written in a very winsome, pastoral manner making it accessible to even the most "novice" or young Christian.
After reading this book, you will walk away encouraged in your faith and grateful that you have been called into such a battle. Your faith will be strengthened because you will be better acquainted with the God of your faith. You will be motivated to share and defend the gospel of Jesus Christ, for His sake. Your appetite for the study of scripture will be whetted, as the author unfurls in each chapter the robust depth of passages we might otherwise believe we are familiar with. And finally, any lack of confidence and/or competence will be allayed as you will be convinced that the battle belongs to the LORD and the outcome is assured.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Foundational Apologetics Text June 16, 2005
K. Scott Oliphint, associate professor of apologetics at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, has produced a helpful book for guiding Christian apologists in their defense of the faith. While there is much to commend here -including a gratifying emphasis on the priority of persuasion in apologetics, and a wonderful appendix addressing the recurrent question of the Holy Spirit and apologetics-yet the most impressive feature of this volume is its portrayal of apologetics as scripturally mandated and scripturally determined.

From cover to cover, Oliphint makes it clear that apologetics does not hang by the slender thread of a single verse, but is actually rooted in multiple passages in multiple contexts. Similarly, while showing apologetics to be part of the very warp and woof of biblical revelation, so he also helps us to see how we must allow the Bible to control and direct our apologetic encounters. In this way, Oliphint seeks to rejoin what has too often been separated.

Predominantly expositional in style and distinctly Presuppositional in outlook, The Battle Belongs to the Lord explores a number of foundational passages for apologetics and teases out their implications for our defense of the faith today. Clearly written, easy to read and intended as an introductory text, this volume would be a suitable primer for undergraduate classes studying apologetics. In addition, it may profitably be given to those uncomfortable with or discouraged by apologetics on the grounds that it is too philosophical and too speculative.

While I would argue that some themes deserved further development and some assertions ought to have received a more nuanced and guarded explanation, nonetheless, I am happy to commend this title as a good introduction to reformed apologetics and one of too few books that explicitly weds our defense of the faith to the Word of God and to the work of His Spirit.
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K. Scott Oliphint is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written three books and numerous scholarly articles. See

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