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The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context Paperback – July 1, 2013
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"A fresh perspective on the nature of Christian witness"
"This book is quite accessible and passionately committed to Jesus Christ and his work in our world. Penner shows us that the modern age is ending and that the apologetics attached to that age cannot sustain lives of discipleship and witness to the gospel. But the real work of this book is to show us the way forward in faithfulness with a passion that makes us alive in Christ and fully present in the world for its redemption. This is an edifying work that builds us up in the hope and love of the gospel."
--Jonathan R. Wilson, Carey Theological College, Vancouver
"Speaking as a Roman Catholic and something of a Thomist, I welcome Dr. Penner's meticulous and persuasive exposure of the kind of rationalistic apologetics that unwittingly make Christian faith quite unbelievable. A pleasure to read!"
--Fergus Kerr, University of Edinburgh
"In this book Myron Penner challenges many of the intuitions and assumptions that have shaped traditional Christian thought and invites us to rethink them for the sake of the gospel. In doing so he offers a fresh perspective on the nature of Christian witness that has the potential to spark a revitalization of the church and its proclamation of the good news revealed in Jesus Christ."
--John R. Franke, Yellowstone Theological Institute, Bozeman, Montana
"Penner's devastating critique of what passes for the 'defense' of Christianity in the evangelical worldview in today's increasingly hostile intellectual environment should be a rousing wake-up call for all seminary professors and students as well as pastors. Penner dissects the obsolescence, morbidity, and structural dysfunctionality of standard evangelical models of apologetics like a skilled forensic analyst. At the same time, he offers an alternative that makes eminent sense in present-day culture while coming across as highly credible from both a philosophical and biblical standpoint."
--Carl Raschke, University of Denver
About the Author
Myron Bradley Penner (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is pastor of Trinity International Church in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. He previously taught at Prairie College and Graduate School and served as a human development worker. He is the editor of Ch
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All along Penner is seeking to distinguish his "postmodern" apologetic from that typified by William Lane Craig and Craig's "modern" apologetic which Penner finds wholly "unedifying", "objectifying" and essentially "violent". Penner follows Kierkegaard. I understand Penner's points and generally resonate with them with regard to the demeanor and general goals of pursuing discussion.
As I finished chapter 5 something happened. While I had been sympathetic with Penner's concerns (and still am) it dawned on me. "What would this book be like if Penner had done for Craig what he says we should do with others? Has Penner "understood" Craig and sought to "be at his disposal" or has he just done an "objectifying", "violent", and "modernist" take down of Craig?
What causes me to ask this is when Penner notes that Craig actually makes statements reminding his students to be seeking to "win the unbeliever" not the argument and they simply are not good enough for Penner. He quibbles with the use of the word "unbeliever" as still too objectifying for him. So what would Penner say about Paul's comments in Titus about "Cretans"? He could ascribe them to a "Deutero Paul" instead of the "Real Paul" but that sounds a bit "modernistic." I believe Penner is basically correct about Paul the Apostles stances for engagement, but Paul doesn't seem to quibble with words quite so much as Penner.
So my question is has Penner employed a modernist objectifying method to pursue his postmodernist end? I did resonate with his over all concerns but what allows him to justify his attack of Craig when seemingly the approach he outlines for others to pursue would condemn this project as it is structured?
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