Alister 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. the man is brilliant. Mere Apologetics: How To Help Seekers & Skeptics Find Faith is his latest of many books.
very early in the book, from the introduction, McGrath writes: “Apologetics is not to be seen as a defensive and hostile reaction against the world, but as a welcome oppurtunity to exhibit, celebrate, and display the tresure chest of the Christian faith.” (pg 11)
this is a marvelous way to think and talk about apologetics. for too long, sadly, i believe Christian apologetics has been viewed as…
1. a way to defend our faith from attacks.
2. a way to throw our faith in people’s faces and prove we’re correct.
there is a healthy dose of each of the above to Christian apologetics. but when these two elements dominate the conversation or manifestation of Christian apologetics, we’re not helping anyone or our faith.
McGrath is an excellent writer and giant theological mind. this is a great book to get started into the study of apologetics or a refresher on the topic.
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