- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (August 30, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310590914
- ISBN-13: 978-0310590910
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Intellectuals Don't Need God and Other Modern Myths Paperback – August 17, 1993
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Intellectuals Don't Need God is for people who are not convinced by the arguments of classical, rationalistic apologetics, for people who feel that Christianity must have a broader appeal that to reason alone if it is to be persuasive to non-Christians. Alister McGrath shows convincingly that reason is only one of many possible points of contact between the non-Christian and the gospel. In today's world, nonrational concerns -- such as a sense that life lacks focus, an unconscious fear of death, a deep sense of longing for something unknown we don't have but know we need -- are much more effective points of contact for apologetics. In this book, Dr. McGrath (who is both a theologian and a scientist with a Ph.D. in microbiology) combines the clarity of a brilliant scientific mind with a deep commitment to Christ and to reaching non-Christians. Intellectuals Don't Need God is for anyone who has questions about the validity of Christianity as well as for students, pastors, and lay leaders. Anyone who works with students and young people especially needs to read this book. As McGrath says, 'apologetics is not about winning arguments -- it is about bringing people to Christ.'
About the Author
Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McGrath, a longtime professor at Oxford University, now holds the Chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including Christianity’s Dangerous Idea; In the Beginning, and The Twilight of Atheism. He lives in Oxford, England and lectures regularly in the United States.
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It does not focus on the evidences of Christianity, although it does contain some of that. This book is more about how to interact with another person in an apologetics discussion. As the author states, 'The science of apologetics needs to be complemented by the art of apologetics." Written by Dr. Alister McGrath, one might expect more hard core science since McGrath has a doctorate in microbiology, but in this volume, he addresses the art side more.
Two things that Dr. McGrath really stresses are listening before responding and personalizing the approach to the individual. Both of these are very much needed. He compares apologists to physicians in that they both need to have a strong bedside manner or else their knowledge and skills in other areas will not be effective.
There are many very helpful areas in this book including the need to explore the presuppositions of the listener(s) and the need to use images, stories, etc., rather than just sticking with arguments, reason, etc.
Dr. McGrath does explore some of the arguments and evidences for Christianity, but these are not the main focus. For that reason, this would probably not be a great introductory apologetics work, but it is a very good one to supplement some others.