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Faith Has Its Reasons: Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith Paperback – March 1, 2006
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This book is extremely useful for a number of reasons. It's obvious strength is its thorough treatment of four major apologetic methods; classical, evidential, presuppositional, and fideist. This book is the best in print in dispassionately presenting each view, its strengths and weaknesses, and how each view interacts with various apologetic issues and objections. The reader will gain a solid working knowledge of apologetic school of thought to reflect upon and possibly incorporate in their own approach to apologetics.
Second, this book provides one of the best summary level examinations of many prominent Christian thinkers throughout church history. Anybody who wants a good summary treatment on the thinking of folks like Pascal, Kierkegaard, Van Til, Clark, Kuyper, Barth, Craig, Plantinga, Geisler, Aquinas, and many others will find it here.
Third, their demonstration of how each apologetic system interacts with key issues such as science, theology, the Bible, Jesus Christ, etc is very informative. I found these examinations to be very insightful, since it impressed upon me the reality that evangelical Christianity is not at all monolithic in how it views the relationship of apologetics to these vital issues. Through this diversity of thought, I have found my own approach to apologetics expanded and challenged in a very healthy way.
Lastly, the authors truly invoke a spirit of Christian love throughout this book.Read more ›
The reason why I like "Faith Has Its Reasons" is that the authors make it very difficult to see where their biases lie. They cover the major ways apologetics is practiced (classical, evidential, Reformed, fideistic, and integrative) and give reasons used by its adherents to support their particular positions. What's interesting to me is how, in so many cases, I was able to agree with plenty presented in each position. It seems very clear to me that those from the different camps are (were) dedicated Christians who read the same Bible I do and worship the same God and Jesus. It's just that we don't quite see eye-to-eye on the exact process of how we are to "have an answer."
It should be pointed out that there is little difference between classical/evidential (the authors even point to William Lane Craig as a hybrid of the two positions) and Reformed/fideistic. When I went to seminary, I was taught that much of the conflict came between Carnell and Van Til; while that might be too simplified, the disagreement these men had really seems to be a dividing line between what could easily be lumped into two camps rather than five.
I'm not sure that this book will change the way you view apologetics, but it certainly will give you a clearer understanding of why, say, a Reformed thinker might shudder when someone says Geisler or Aquinas.Read more ›
While this book is not the book that I would recommend as a first apologetics book ( unless you have a good theology background) to read, it is a thorough overview to those wishing to understand at a more complete level. What will you find? Bowman and Boa have produced a remarkably fair overview of several schools of thought in apologetics as well as many of the chief apologists in each. Four major schools of apologetics are carefullyexamined and positives and negatives are summarized in each broader section. Three or four specific apologists are then given chapters as their system is examined...
That is very helpful.
A fifth category, an integrative category, is also included (for instance, John Frame is found here, rather than in the presuppositional school because he differs from Van Til on several key points). Oh, you may not find your favorite current apologist on their spectrum, but you will find their mentors and come away knowing not only what, but why each proposes his or her views. This is vastly superior, in my view, than the "Five Views" books that are available ( one on Apologetics) because that approach can leave you foggy to the nature of the differences, as each author tries to put forward their best synopsis of their view...often leaving out controversial. Points that they don't or can't defend. So sometimes you get charactatures of views, but are left with little real light.
This book has depth. It is a meaty overview that delves more deeply into the subject than simple cursory matters.Read more ›
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Excellent work on Christian apologetic method. This work is large but is an easy read that is very accessible to laymen and seminarians.Published 21 months ago by Richard Clark
Excellent learning aide.
Had immediate impact on my preaching and study. Highly recommended for the pastor and teacher of God's word.
Boa and Bowman Jr. here investigate the four primary apologetic approaches that have developed over the years: classical, Reformed, evidential, and fideist. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by paulregent.blogspot
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Rob Bowman is an excellent apologist. His treatment in this book is an ideal introduction to the serious Christian and the interested outsider..Published on July 19, 2013 by FishFoodBooks
This is a great read that is useful for gaining an understanding of four major approaches to apologetics, namely, Classical, Evidential, Reformed (Presuppositional), and Fideism. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Jacob Allee
Ok, so there are great books that deal with issues within apologetics, but if you want a book about Christian Apologetics itself, there isn't any better book out there. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Tyrone Myers
I would have to say this book covers all you would need to know, so if you are reading this review buy it.Published on May 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer