Christian Apologetics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-09-30
  • Publisher: Ivp Academic

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2012Christianity TodayBook Award of Merit winner!The Christian worldview proposes answers to the most enduring human questions. But are those answers reliable? In this systematic text, Douglas Groothuis makes a comprehensive apologetic case for Christian theism--proceeding from a defense of objective truth to a presentation of the key arguments for God from natural theology to a case for the credibility of Jesus, the incarnation and the resurrection. Throughout, Groothuis considers alternative views and how they fare intellectually.

Author Biography

Douglas Groothuis (Ph.D., philosophy, University of Oregon) is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary and teaches philosophy at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He is the author of ten books, including Truth Decay, Unmasking the New Age, On Jesus, On Pascal and In Defense of Natural Theology (coeditor and contributor). He has published two dozen academic articles in journals such as Religious Studies, Think, Inquiry, Sophia and Philosophia Christi.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Apologetic Preliminaries
Introduction: Hope, Despair and Knowing Realityp. 15
The Biblical Basis for Apologeticsp. 23
Apologetic Method: Evaluating Worldviewsp. 45
The Christian Worldviewp. 73
Distortions of the Christian Worldview-Or the God I Don't Believe Inp. 95
Truth Defined and Defendedp. 117
Why Truth Matters Most: Searching for Truth in Postmodern Timesp. 139
Faith, Risk and Rationality: The Prudential Incentives to Christian Faithp. 155
The Case for Christian Theism
In Defense of Theistic Argumentsp. 171
The Ontological Argumentp. 185
Cosmological Arguments: A Cause for the Cosmosp. 207
The Design Argument: Cosmic Fine-Tuningp. 240
Origins, Design and Darwinismp. 266
Evidence for Intelligent Designp. 297
The Moral Argument for Godp. 330
The Argument from Religious Experiencep. 364
The Uniqueness of Humanity: Consciousness and Cognitionp. 389
Deposed Royalty: Pascal's Anthropological Argumentp. 418
Jesus of Nazareth: How Historians Can Know Him and Why It Mattersp. 438
The Claims, Credentials and Achievements of Jesus Christp. 475
Defending the Incarnationp. 507
The Resurrection of Jesusp. 527
Objections to Christian Theism
Religious Pluralism: Many Religions, One Truthp. 567
Apologetics and the Challenge of Islamp. 599
The Problem of Evil: Dead Ends and the Christian Answerp. 614
Conclusion: Take It to the Streetsp. 647
Hell on Trialp. 653
Apologetic Issues in the Old Testamentp. 662
Glossaryp. 677
Bibliographyp. 680
Name Indexp. 732
Subject Indexp. 739
Scripture Indexp. 748
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