- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Paternoster; 2nd Edition edition (January 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932805346
- ISBN-13: 978-1932805345
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faith Has Its Reasons: Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith Paperback – March 1, 2006
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"I know of no better analysis of Christian apologetic systems than Faith Has Its Reasons. It is comprehensive and rigorous, yet eminently readable. However, the book's greatest virtue is its ability to locate the importance of apologetics in the life of the church as well as in the personal faith of the individual believer."
"Ken Boa is one of the most gifted writers and scholars in the Christian world. This is a brilliantly done apologetics reference. The title tells it allour faith is not an unreasonable faith." -- Charles W. Colson, Prison Fellowship, Washington, DC "I know of no better analysis of Christian apologetic systems than Faith Has Its Reasons. It is comprehensive and rigorous, yet eminently readable. However, the book's greatest virtue is its ability to locate the importance of apologetics in the life of the church as well as in the personal faith of the individual believer." -- Francis J. Beckwith, Author of David Hume's Arguments Against Miracles "Applying the principle of 'unity in diversity' to apologetic systems, this book integrates the best insights of each approach. In challenging readers to maximize the stunning reasons for faith in concert with the magnetic power of transformed hearts, Faith Has Its Reasons charts the right course for the future of apologetics." -- David K. Clark, Author of Dialogical Apologetics
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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. Therefore you get to struggle with the real issues at hand...the issues that divide apologetic systems and with what their proponents struggle with. The simplified straw man arguments for and against each system is avoided. Some may rate this resource with a low ranking simply because their preferred method is not lifted up above all others, but thatis not the point of the book (thankfully). Strengths and weaknesses of each system are presented and examined.
One more side note: the price of the kindle version is a steal. Currently it is under $8 which is about a third as expensive as the book. Great deal.
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. The authors clearly hold to the view that great Christians can and have held to each apologetical method, and the authors have properly resisted any attempt to use apologetical method as a litmus test to judge the level of anyone's Christian walk. This is very refreshing, and is definitely a step in the right direction. While properly pointing out where certain thinkers in each camp have strayed from acceptable evangelicalism (Barth and his errant view of Scripture, Pinnock and his god of limited omniscience, etc), they affirm the value of each apologetic method and the thinkers who hold to each view.
At the end of the book, the authors attempt an integration of each method which I found helpful and balanced. The authors properly note that pure integration may not be possible, and might not be desirable either. I felt that the biggest strength of their integration approach was the belief that each apologetic method is useful for reaching certain people who hold certain objections or presuppositions, and that these apologetic approaches can be integrated somewhat with certain methods being more emphasized than others based upon the beliefs and views of the person we are in dialogue with.
The only weakness of the book is that while it does attempt to deal with tangible objections such as in the inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, and the problem of evil, readers who are looking for comprehensive apologetic responses to these issues may not be satisfied by what's here. This is a book that deals with apologetic method, and while it does show how each method generally responds to these kind of objections and issues, the reader will not really find a systematic treatment here, although I should stress that what is covered in these areas is very helpful.
But since this is not really the thrust of the book, I do not see it as a weakness of the book worthy of demoting the 5 star rating I've given it. This is a thoroughly researched book which in my view, presents the best contemporary treatment of apologetic methods in a spirit of Christian love that will hopefully serve as a model for further development of respectful apologetic method in the future. A well done book that is highly recommended.
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