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Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics Paperback – June 22, 2003
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Ronald K. Tacelli, S.J., is associate professor of philosphy at Boston College and has published articles in the Public Affairs Quarterly and Downside Review.
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Now at last comes this pocket-sized abridgement, by the original authors.
Today all too many Catholic apologetics books assume you're discussing the faith with evangelicals who are well-versed in Scripture. But the reality is that the non-religious (ranging from vaguely spiritual new-agers to uninformed agnostics to functional atheists) are at least as common in our society as "Bible Christians".
This is a perfect intro for Christians that need to respond with logic to objections and concerns about fundamental beliefs (God, moral law, miracles, the problem of pain, Jesus Christ). It's also great for those who want to see how classic Catholic reasoning "stacks up" to the modern world.
This volume has 15 short, concise chapters written to answer the following questions:
2. Faith & Reason
3. Arguments for the Existence of God
4. The Nature of God
5. Creation and Evolution
7. The Problem of Evil
8. The Divinity of Christ
9. The Resurrection
10. The Bible: Myth or History?
11. Life After Death
12. Heaven and Hell
14. Christianity and Other Religions
15. Objective Truth
And it has a concluding page called `The Bottom Line'. Each of these chapters is full of information to help you know your faith deeper if you are a Christian, or to help you understand the claims of Christianity if you are not.
This is a great resource, either for writing essays, for research, or for personal growth. It will give you all the basics of the Christian faith in one compact little book. Check it out. Like all of Kreeft's other works I have reviewed, I would have to highly recommend this book.
Both Catholics, Kreeft and Tacelli recognize that the laity are just as likely to be challenged by the atheism of indifference as they are a finger-wagging fundamentalist or evangelical.
Somewhat sadly, Catholic readers also will find useful arguments for conversations with self-identified Catholic theologians and modernists who use highly-nuanced language to explain away binding truths of the Faith like the concrete, physical reality of the Resurrection.
I had already bought a Kindle and several books before I realized that if the content is not "optimized for Kindle" it is largely useless, if it is not fiction. It is useless because you cannot navigate the chapters and sections of the book; you can only "go to" the beginning or the end of the book, or "search" for an individual word. Non-fiction books really need a "live" Table of Contents.
If is is non-fiction, and not optimized for Kindle, I consider it useless and a waste of money.
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For me, not an easy readable handbook but great wisdom and Church building base.Published 16 months ago by lynds
Would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about apologetics. Handy little book to have. Would recommend it.Published on December 27, 2013 by Rose Flaman-trehas
This is a great summary of the evidences of the Christian faith. Once you read this, it's just going to whet your appetite for more!Published on November 3, 2013 by LisaQ92