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Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith by [McGrath, Alister E.]
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How to engage unbelievers with intelligence and imagination

Throughout history there have been great and articulate defenders of the faith. But with the new challenges of scientific atheism we see in our day, there is a need for a fresh and flexible approach to apologetics. Rather than supplying the fine detail of every apologetic issue in order to win arguments, Mere Apologetics teaches a method that appeals not only to the mind but also to the heart and the imagination.
After discussing the biblical basis for and historical uses of apologetics, McGrath offers various approaches to sharing your faith with others. He outlines pointers to faith, such as our innate sense of longing for justice, our appreciation for beauty, the order we see in the physical world, and much more. He also shows how there are many right ways to share your faith--through explanations, arguments, stories, and images--and helps you decide which works best for your personality and your audience.
"Apologetics is not to be seen as a defensive and hostile reaction against the world," says McGrath, "but as a welcome opportunity to exhibit, celebrate, and display the treasure chest of the Christian faith." If you long to commend your faith to those outside the church, Mere Apologetics will show you how to do so gracefully and effectively.

"This is a fresh, clear, and practical introduction to apologetics from someone who doesn't just talk about the subject but actually does it brilliantly. It is especially helpful because it avoids the fruitless wrangling between apologetic schools that stops many people from getting on with the task. "--Os Guinness, author of Long Journey Home

"Mere Apologetics helps readers work out their own way to effectively communicate and defend the gospel. An excellent text for courses in apologetics. A great read for both beginning and experienced apologists."--Jim Sire, author of The Universe Next Door

"Over the years I have found Alister McGrath to be an insightful, wise guide on many topics. So I am pleased to recommend his book on apologetics. It is foundational, practical, and creative as well as faithful to Scripture. A fine resource indeed!"--Paul Copan, author of Is God a Moral Monster?

Alister E. McGrath is professor of theology, ministry, and education and head of the Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture at King's College, London, and president of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including the award-winning The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind. A former atheist, he is respectful yet critical of the New Atheist movement and regularly engages in debate and dialogue with its leaders.

About the Author

Alister E. McGrath (DPhil and DD, University of Oxford; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts) is professor of theology, ministry, and education, and head of the Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture at King's College, London, and president for the Oxf

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0801014166
  • Publisher: Baker Books (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T4D2N8
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This book is an excellent introduction to apologetics. 'Apologetics aims to convert believers into thinkers, and thinkers into believers', (p.11), is one of McGrath's precise descriptions on this subject that offers a clear understanding of what apologetics aims to accomplish.

Since we now live in an age where the antagonists of the Christian faith are no longer content on deriding the faith but actually want to dismantle it, the need for good apologetics is as urgent as ever.

McGrath points out that apologetics has nothing to do with 'saying sorry about something' but rather comes from the Greek word 'apologia' which means 'defense'. We find the term in 1 Peter 3:15 '... Always prepared to give an answer [apologia] to everyone who asks you to give the reason [logos] for the hope that you have...'(NIV).

Apologetics relevance is not just that it defends the faith, but it also aids the believer in understanding the gospel much more deeply, as we enrich our minds (Matt 22:37; Rom. 12.2).

Apologetics involves defending, commending and translating the Christian faith. McGrath stresses that apologetics is not evangelism, and is inadequate without it (p. 23).

The issues someone engaged in apologetics will face depends very much on the culture within which he or she is operating. In Western Europe the main challenge the apologist faces is whether God actually exists. This is closely followed by questions on why does God allow suffering.

McGrath is not a proponent of offering stock answers to common questions, as several other Christian apologists do. While he obviously appreciates the need to be prepared with answers, he advocates that it is essential we
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McGrath brings scholarship to bear on the question, "How can normal Christians talk to normal non-Christians?" And the answer that he gives is superb. He is drawing on the conceptual analysis of CS Lewis, I think, but he has updated Lewis' apologetic approach for this moment in history. I believe that Lewis would love this contribution and that this should be at the top of your wish list if you want to engage with the people around you about the big questions of life and faith.

Some may fault this book for not being an analytic philosophy of religion text - I noticed another reviewer did so. But that is just like faulting tennis for not being chess. It just seems opportunistic and closed minded. The same review also alleges a 'controlling strategy' is employed, and I suspect this is because flaws in human nature or feeling are described. This is just ridiculous as a line of criticism; since you can point out a hole in the bottom of the boat, and suggest a solution, without asking that someone accepts the solution because they see the hole - even if it also happens to be true that they should - preferably as quickly as possible!

I would encourage you to buy two, you will want to give one of these away. It is a timely book that urges an integrated apologetic approach, that is drawn from wells of experience and academic learning and research. Enjoy!
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This book has definitely given me food for thought. It's very well written, setting out various styles of apologetics and explains how to construct & pitch answers suitable to your audience and where they're coming from.

My only criticism would be that much of the book is quite "wordy" and meant I had to re-read certain passages to grasp the meaning. I also needed to look a few words up but maybe that shows more about me than the book!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn more about the art and science of Christian apologetics.
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As always with Alister McGrath he sets out with a clear vision of what he wants to say and does it well. Lots of useful pointers for any preacher, outreach worker, evangelist or in fact anyone who regularly shares matters of faith or gets into discussion with others about Christianity. Buy it!
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We all want others to know the Christian faith but so often we do not know how to do it. Not only has our world largely forgotten the faith, it often does not want to know or is even antagonistic to it. We fear being challenged about some obscure area of faith, or being rejected out of hand. Mere Apologetics is a book designed to help us. [NB Apologetics is not apologising, but ‘persuading people that Christianity makes sense’ (p71), from the Greek word apologia = defence.]
Alister McGrath does this not by providing set answers to the kind of questions people ask, but by helping us see for ourselves what is reasonable about our faith and encouraging to explain all this, especially with the use of our own personal stories. These stories have a weight in this post-modern era that they did not have in the days when Mere Christianity by CS Lewis was written. (That book you may have read years ago and this book pays homage to it, hence the title). We are urged to offer our faith not from a position of arrogant knowledge but more in the manner of one beggar showing another beggar where to get bread.
Alister gives us a series of pointers to faith, which are not proofs, but aspects of the world which can be viewed as sympathetic to a belief in God, such as the nature of creation, a longing for justice and a homing instinct for God – three times he shares this quote from Augustine of Hippo “you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”
For many the Christian faith is like a black box, all mystery inside.
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