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Excellent discussion book, but weak in certain areas,
This review is from: Handbook of Christian Apologetics (Paperback)
This is an excellent book for discussion groups (includes great, thought-provoking discussion questions at the end of each chapter) and an excellent overview of Christian apologetics with a good list of recommended reading in the appendix. Also, the chapters on Hell and Heaven are perhaps the best I've read (even though the information in these chapters is based mostly on quotes from C.S. Lewis) On the downside, being that the authors are both professors of philosophy, I would have expected more information about reasoning, logical fallacies and the nature and limitations of proof. I think the majority of apologetic problems can be dealt with if people understood what consistutes a valid argument to begin with as well as the common fallacies BOTH believers and skeptics fall for. Also, some of the objections they grapple with in the book are dismissed a little too easily --- especially with the arguments for God's existence. While many of their replies may be effective for someone with little philsophical knowledge, they are often too simplistic for answering more sophisticated and philosophically-informed objections. This is a great introductory book, but readers seriously interested in apologetics and in answering intellegent objections to the Christian faith, will need to dig much deeper into these issues.
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Initial post: Dec 1, 2009 11:09:20 PM PST
J. Siemens says:
Any suggestions for futher books?
Posted on Jan 21, 2012 11:12:24 AM PST
Chase F. says:
Fair review, but I must remind you that the title of this book is "Handbook of Christian Apologetics," not "Handbook of Christian Logical Proofs." If you want logical proofs or logical reasoning, then read more Kierkegaard.
In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 8:40:24 AM PDT
I agree - what other books would you suggest?
Posted on Dec 2, 2015 7:51:20 AM PST
Did you read William Lane Craig's books?
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