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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


"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

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ IVP Academic; 1st edition (July 27, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 752 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0830839356
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0830839353
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 2.35 x 9 inches
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I am a philosopher who serves as Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary and an affiliate faculty at Colorado Christian University. I have authored thirty academic papers published in journals such as Religious Studies, Academic Questions, 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, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Philosopher's Magazine, Philosophy Now, The Christian Research Journal, and many others.

I am the author of sixteen books:

1. Unmasking the New Age (InterVarsity Press, 1986). 150,000 copies in print.

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). Translated into Chinese.

11. Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2011). Translated into Korean.

12. Philosophy in Seven Sentences (InterVarsity Press, 2016)

13. Walking through Twilight: A Wife's Illness--A Philosopher's Lament (InterVarsity Press, 2017). Translated into Korean.

14. I Love You To The Stars (with Crystal Bowman), (Kregel, 2020). A children's book.

15. Christian Apologetics, 2nd ed. (InterVarsity Academic, 2022). Eight new chapters added from the 2011 edition.

16. Fire in the Streets (Salem Books, July, 2022). On Critical Race Theory.

I also co-edited the volume, In Defense of Natural Theology: A Post-Humean Assessment (InterVarsity Press, 2005) with James Sennett.


17. The Knowledge of God in the World and in the Word: An Introduction to Classical Apologetics (with Andrew Shepardson) Zondervan-Academic, December 2022).

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