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Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God (ConversantLife.com®) Paperback – March 1, 2009
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“The compilation of noted speakers and authors in Apologetics for a New Generation on pertinent topics that face this and our next generation is absolutely outstanding. It is a must read for every parent, youth worker and teacher out there.
“No person who is serious about affecting the lives of young people for Christ should be without the insight and wisdom contained in this book. I'd love to see it as required reading in every youth group/small study group across the nation. Our Christian young people need not only to believe in Christ, but be able to defend their faith in Christ and this resource is a definite beginning for this use. Thanks Sean for a job well done.”
―Dr.Timothy L. Heaton, Professor of Education, Cedarville University
“Apologetics meets postmodernism. Sean gives me a renewed sense that apologetics really does matter. I will recommend this book to every youth pastor I know.”
―Ryan Snuffer, DMin, director, The Christian Resource Center
About the Author
Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean’s website, www.seanmcdowell.org, offers his blog, many articles and videos, and much additional curriculum.
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Although there is plenty of solid information relating to arguments for the Christian faith in it, the emphasis is on presenting the case in a loving manner. As McDowell (Sean) says, 'People still don't care how much you know if they don't know you care'.
There are a number of great concepts presented here including two different types of apologetics - 'The tough minded and the tender minded'. The first is the type most commonly addressed in print. It consists of the use of logic, hard evidence, and arguments. The second type has more of an emphasis on emotional and subjective approaches. Although the first type is my preference, the other certainly has its place and the various authors presented here do a great job of making that case.
The need for apologetics is critical. Surveys have revealed that upwards of seventy percent of Protestant young people walk away from the church between the ages of 18 and 22. Much of this has to do with the failure of the church to train young people in the numerous evidences and arguments for Christianity in an effective manner. This book may be a partial antidote to that.
I would encourage every youth leader and young Christian to read it. Actually, it would be better if every Christian absorbed it and acted on the advice given.
Apologetic advice and instruction come from Dan Kimball, Brett Kunkle, Josh McDowell, Brian Godawa, and other famous Christian scholars. The diverse authors work together to assist the reader in becoming an understanding, emotionally attractive, and intelligent witness for Christ. Difficult issues, doubt, and truth are carefully examined. Yes numerous winning answers are given, but the reader is smoothly taught how to think and how to engage the world in an effective and Christi-like approach by cultivating concern and love for the lost.
Jude 3 "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."
The Christian distinction of the Resurrection of Christ is unmistakably declared, analyzed, and defended with a clear and plain emphasis. This is a book that will not only educate young people, but it will move them, as it instills a confidence in the exclusive claims of Jesus Christ. If you desire to be a more capable and understanding witness of biblical truth, I suggest you buy this book.
The Necessary Existence of God: The Proof of Christianity Through Presuppositional Apologetics
Some Christians that we shouldn't do apologetics at all, for postmodern people are not interested in truth claims. The contributors to this book disagree. They contend that postmoderns are interested in truth claims. They also contend, however, that biblical truth claims must be presented in a culturally relevant manner. In the words of Sean McDowell: "Apologetics for a new generation must be about winning people rather than winning arguments."
Apologetics for a New Generation majors in strategies for winning postmodern people. This does not mean that the book is devoid of apologetic arguments. Several contributors outline arguments that they find intellectually compelling. But the intended readership is not non-believers or spiritual seekers. Rather, it is pastors, evangelists, and lay Christians who desire better tools for answering the questions postmoderns ask.
Those tools include building relationships, engaging in conversation, utilizing storytelling and the arts, being sensitive to the emotional side of apologetic exchanges, and letting the questions postmoderns ask determine the apologetic agenda. Postmoderns want to know whether God exists, the Bible is historically reliable, and belief in Jesus' resurrection is rational. But they also want to know whether Christians are racists, homophobes, and misogynists. These are not questions apologetics training courses have traditionally addressed.
Who will profit from reading this book? Pastors and evangelists, first and foremost--especially pastors who work with high school students or college-and-career young adults. But any Christian who reads this will profit from its emphasis on presenting and defending the gospel in a winsome, intelligent, and creative manner.