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Christian Apologetics Past and Present (Volume 1, To 1500): A Primary Source Reader
 
 

Christian Apologetics Past and Present (Volume 1, To 1500): A Primary Source Reader [Kindle Edition]

William Edgar , K. Scott Oliphint , Aristides , Augustine , Justin Martyr , Athenagoras , Irenaeus , Tertullian , Thomas Aquinas , Origen , Athanasius , John Chrysostom , Boethius , Peter Abelard , Anselm , Raymond Lull , Girolamo Savonarola

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An unprecedented anthology of apologetics texts with selections from the first century AD through the Middle Ages. Includes introductory material, timelines, maps, footnotes, and discussion questions.


The apostle Peter tells us always to be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks us to account for our hope as Christians (1 Peter 3:15). While the gospel message remains the same, such arguments will look different from one age to another.


In the midst of a recent revival in the field of apologetics, few things could be more useful than an acquaintance with some of these arguments for the Christian belief through the ages. This first of two proposed volumes features primary source documents from the time of the early church (100-400) and the Middle Ages (400-1500). Featured apologists include Aristides, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, and Thomas Aquinas.


The authors provide a preface to each major historical section, with a timeline and a map, then an introduction to each apologist. Each primary source text is followed by questions for reflection or discussion purposes.


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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1581349068
  • Publisher: Crossway (2 Oct 2009)
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  • Language: English
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Anthology without much Commentary 12 Oct 2009
By Mike Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Reformed presuppositionalist scholars Edgar and Oliphint provide a sample collection of history's best apologetic works of the Christian church. The editors offer *primary sources of many of the most vital apologetic texts starting from the New Testament up to 1500 AD. It is a fascinating anthology and many top seminary professors claim that they will make use of this collection in the classroom. Included in this compilation are some essential writings of Aristides, Justin Martyr, Origen, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Savonarola.

This reviewer is an avid reader forasmuch as I consume every apologetic book I can obtain and this book disappoints me for two interconnected reasons:

1. The editors "let the texts speak for themselves" (one can find most of the documents in this assemblage on the internet without cost).
2. The editors (two of the brightest and most gifted presuppositional apologists of this generation) do not participate in much interaction with the sources they provide. One would desire to learn how the modern apologist can relate with the strengths and errors of the past greats. I desired a personal critique from these two brilliant men of letters, yet they only furnished a minuscule portion of their views. Supplying the historical texts at face value does not necessarily imply one cannot expound, evaluate, and comment at length on the documents provided. Thus I do not recommend this collection for those on a book budget.
*(translated in English).
God Does Exist!: Defending the faith using presuppositional apologetics, evidence, and the impossibility of the contrary
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but in many ways superficial and costly 18 July 2012
By Pastor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This Historical Anthology of Christian apologists Volume 1 is a decent attempt at a source book, but in the end falls short in many ways as a useful guide and tool. Here are a number of problems I found in using the book for Church History and Apologetics:

1. The introductory comments, while they are helpful to the book, are simply too short. There is more and far better information and analysis on each of the apologists to be found in Schaff's Church history and on Wikipedia for nothing, as well as is in more elaborate manuals of Church History.

2. The choice of apologists that are used as examples is quite poor. Or I should say, there are just too many important apologists that are not included in the book, such as: The Apostolic fathers, Hyppolytus, Eusebius, Lactantius, the Cappadocians, Patrick, Ambrose, Gregory the Great, John of Damascus, Alcuin, Gottschalk, Bernard of Clairvaux, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Thomas Kempis, Dante, Wyclif, Hus, Wessel Gansfort, etc... I know you can't include them all, but the book is really too slight for any level of instruction in Christian apologetics. It only includes 16 examples in the entire period of 1500 years from the New Testament to the Reformation. This has to be the most striking fault of the whole book! Only 16 Christian apologists taken from 1500 years of church history!!!! This must be a product of the dumbing down "No Child Left Behind" mentality of educational philosophy. My 13-14 year old kids read more extensively than what this volume includes.

3. The works that are included here are all easily accessible for free on the internet, without editing or condensing. In fact I have an outline of the history of apologetics that I use for Bible college level that is far more extensive than this, and it's for free. So to be honest, I have no idea why this book would be recommended by Evangelical and Reformed scholars. I am sure they have websites as well, and have written extensive outlines on the history of Apologetics. They should. They teach at the Seminary level! So what's the deal??? Why not just post the information for free on the internet! Its just an Anthology, with a few notes! There seems to be a whole lot of deceit amongst scholars today and alot of waste in Christian publishing. And as I said before, you can get this same material (and more of it) for free on the internet!

4. Who in the world would bother reading a condensed version of an apologetical treatise anyway??? The thought is repulsive to me!

5. My last point. These men (though they are good and godly men) should not have wasted their time on publishing an Anthology as this, but instead should have written an extensive documented history of Christian Apologetics on the period and beyond to replace the misguided one done by the Catholic scholar Avery Dulles. This is what is needed in the Church today, not a superficial Anthology!

Pastor Brett Woody
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great primary source book for apologetics studies. 9 Oct 2009
By PastoralMusings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Christian Apologetics Past And Present
Vol 1: To 1500

ISBN-10: 1581349068 ISBN-13: 9781581349061
Christian Apologetics is a primary source reader. Instead of giving to us an apologetic argument, the editors have simply allowed people from the first sixteen centuries of Christianity to speak to us concerning the Christian faith.
First of all, I must say that this is a very good approach. Too often we commit the sin of what C.S. Lewis called "chronological snobbery" and think that we should apply ourselves more to contemporary writings. Sadly, those who ignore the past are certain to commit many of the same errors that have already been made. They will also fall into many of the heresies of the past. It is wise to present the words of past apologists that we might learn from them.
Second, I must say that I believe that the average person is neither familiar enough with the past to know what they should read. Neither do they have the money to buy the complete writings of the past. Even the thirty-eight volumes of the early church fathers is quite expensive. It is also a daunting task to try to read them. It is nowhere near such a task to sit down and carefully read a source book such as this.
I especially appreciate the care that was given to presenting the reader with a short biographical sketch of each one whose writings were included as well as the historical background into which they spoke.
A great plus for the reader is the fact that this book is extremely well bound. This book oozes quality in workmanship and in content.
It would be difficult to recommend this book too highly. For someone who wants to learn about apologetics, and for the one who desires to learn much about theology, too, this book is a blessing.
Many thanks to Angie Cheatham of Crossway for providing me with this copy of Christian Apologetics to review.
5.0 out of 5 stars The book was in great condition and arrived on time. It is a textbook for one of my classes. 6 May 2014
By Rev. L. - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book in that one does not have to read a lot to get the necessary information. Well documented and an easy read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 Aug 2013
By Gene - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is informative. I would recommend it as a great study tool. We can never know enough for the crazy encounters we run into.
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