Faith Has Its Reasons: An Integrative Approach to Defending Christianity (An Apologetics Handbook)

Faith Has Its Reasons: An Integrative Approach to Defending Christianity (An Apologetics Handbook) Ever Since The Apostle Paul Addressed The Stoic And Epicurean Philosophers In Athens, Relating The Christian Worldview To A Non Christian World Has Been A Challenge And Despite Peter S Charge To Be Ready To Make A Defense To Everyone Who Asks You To Give An Account For The Hope That Is In You Peter , Most Christian Laypeople Have Left Apologetics The Defense Of The Faith To The Ecclesiastical Pros Faith Has Its Reasons Is A Study Of Four Different Models Of How Apologetics Should Be Done, An Assessment Of Their Strengths And Weaknesses, And A Proposal For Integrating The Best Insights Of EachKenneth Boa And Robert Bowman Have Assembled A Wealth Of Information About What Christians Believe And How To Present That Faith To An Unbelieving World Remarkable Both In Its Depth Of Content And Ease Of Accessibility, Faith Has Its Reasons Gives Christian Laypeople The Tools To Address Such Critical Questions As Why Is Belief In God Rational Despite The Prevalence Of Evil In The World What Facts Support The Church S Testimony That Jesus Rose From The Dead Can We Be Certain Christianity Is True How Can Our Faith In Christ Be Based On Something Secure Than Our Own Understanding Without Descending Into An Irrational Emotionalism

Kenneth Ken Boa is engaged in a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking He holds a BS from Case Institute of Technology, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, a PhD from New York University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford in England.

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  • Paperback
  • 658 pages
  • Faith Has Its Reasons: An Integrative Approach to Defending Christianity (An Apologetics Handbook)
  • Kenneth D. Boa
  • English
  • 09 April 2019
  • 9781932805345

10 thoughts on “Faith Has Its Reasons: An Integrative Approach to Defending Christianity (An Apologetics Handbook)

  1. says:

    An excellent, and perhaps unparalleled, comparison of apologetic methods One of the only apologetic books that includes fideism in its survey of apologetics Although I think there is a version of fideism closer to C.S Lewis than to Kierkegaard, the book nevertheless deals fairly and charitably with all four positions evidentialist, classical, Reformed and fideist Boa concisely deals with the points of contention between the schools, but also shows how one can integrate views, even if one school dominates one s approach.

  2. says:

    What this book does wonderfully is provide an amazing overview of the history, arguments, and developments of the four main views of apologetics classical, evidentialism, presuppositional, and feidism If you need an overview of these types this book is one of the best resources I ve read for that purpose The authors also do a good job of articulating a fair representation of each view and the explanation power of each.It is not flawless however It s critiques of presuppositionalism don t seem to really be negatives which is a minor point since that s the position I favor The biggest flaw, however, is one of the main reasons for the book It suggests an inclusive view of each of the four views and shows that the use of all of them for particular purposes is the best approach However, with their approach in mind they seek out support However, it appears that an appeal to John Frame s view of a tiered approach where the presupposition is developed first and the other three views can be used with intellectual honesty seems to win out The authors fail to go back over and think about what critiques folks in the presuppositional camp would make.That being said, I would highly recommend this book as a big overview on the four views of apologetics This book and the Five Views from the CounterPoint series would be primary Final Grade A

  3. says:

    The purpose for this text as articulated by its authors, Kenneth D Boa and Robert M Bowman is to contribute toward an understanding of these different apologetic methods that will enrich all Christians in their defense of the faith and enable them to speak clearer and with relevant voices to our present day and beyond Boa xiii In an effort to accomplish this task, Boa and Bowman begin the text with a summary of apologetic history and then conduct a thorough examination of four separate apologetic methodologies classical, evidentialist, reformed and fideism The authors treat the four methodologies equally by examining their histories, exploring their methods and positions on important issues, offering a practical example of the methodology in action and subjecting each to twelve separate metapologetic and apologetic questions Admirably, the authors conclude their study with an examination on how the different methodologies may be integrated I was impressed by the authors summary of the challenges postmodernism presents apologists Boa and Bowman define postmodernism as a philosophical movement that believes truth is subjective Boa 162 This definition is followed up with the following example, When the space shuttle Challenger exploded, no one would have been satisfied had NASA issued a statement claiming that the cause of the accident was different for different people Boa 163 This may be an oversimplified treatment of postmodernism but the example helped clarify the matter for me This is an important issue that needs to be understood by all who seek to form a meaningful apologetic Another unique aspect of this text is the authors use of fictional dialogue to demonstrate a practical example of each apologetic methodology in action While the scenarios seemed a bit contrived, they served their purpose well For instance, in response to the problem of evil, the fictional reformed apologist says, But how do you determine what is evil and what is not Calling things evil assumes that there is a standard of good that transcends the world or human race God Boa 325 This example of the transcendent argument for God clarifies the issue much better than a simple definition would Most of all, I appreciated the authors notion that a good apologetic is situational As of late, I have pondered thoughts of concern over apologists who place their allegiance to methodology above the needs of the unsaved Thus, I was elated when the authors wrote, apologists should use common sense and try to match their apologetic to the person with whom they are speaking Boa 515 Further, the authors suggest that an apologetic is only useful if it serves to move the unbeliever closer to accepting Christianity Boa 516 A chart offered on page 517 provides a practical example of how an apologist may use a variety of methodologies in response to questions unbelievers may ask on their journey to faith While this skill of blending methodologies may be beyond my current abilities, it is validating to know that Boa and Bowman share my concerns.In summary, this text serves its purpose well Upon reading it, I feel much better prepared to continue my study of apologetic methodologies and to integrate their practice into my daily witness of Christ This book should be read by anyone who has an interest in the subject of apologetics and wishes to be brought up to speed regarding current apologetic debates and the issues that face all who hope to engage in the task.

  4. says:

    Great overview of the main approaches to apologetics I love the way this book is laid out Here are some detailed thoughts Faith Has Its Reasons sheds valuable light in explaining the four major approaches to apologetics, comparing them among each other, and pointing out their respective strengths and weaknesses The authors are aware that their summaries might be taken as over idealizing or putting apologists into categories in which they do not completely belong But the survey nature of the book makes these categorizations both necessary and helpful The book s central thesis might be obscured during its objective and thorough exposition of these various approaches, but it is made clear near the end An apologetic is valid and valuable if it provides the basis for a non Christian moving at all closer to embracing the Christian faith 10412 Thus, perhaps the greatest value of the book lies in its suggesting ways to move beyond metapologetical narrow mindedness, showing with the help of Frame s perspectivalism how to locate these approaches in their normative, situational and existential contexts, and how they can complement, rather than conflict with, each other.Since a major purpose of the book is to provide an overview of the four main approaches to apologetics, and suggest the complementary ways in which different approaches to apologetics can be fruitfully related to each other, the authors do not advocate a single approach to the function and relationship of reason to faith In keeping with their favoring of an integrationist approach to leverage movement toward Christianity, the authors would most likely view reason and faith as complementary aspects of the apologetic task.The authors themselves would most likely espouse the view that evidence is a tool to leverage movement toward Christianity, but that whether it is used must depend upon the mental and or emotional commitments of the person who is on the receiving end of the apologetic effort For example, if the person objects to Christianity based on specific data that he thinks contradicts Christianity, then an evidential approach which marshals scientific and historical evidence would probably be most effective 10427 On the other hand, if the person is stubbornly skeptical, then evidences will have little or no sway with him, and the apologist would be wise to use elements of Reformed apologetics instead 10427.

  5. says:

    One hopes the worldview phase among academic evangelicals is beginning to die out It was fun while it lasted, but it distracted hundreds from useful endeavors That said, among apologetics and worldview books, this one is decent It has several new approaches and is fairly useful.Like others, he summarizes the different approaches to apologetics Evidentialism, Thomism, Presuppositionalism, and Hippie Fideism He is fair and usually impressive in how he handles each school While some of these schools overlap, they capture the different nuances.Cons Boa suggests that one choose an apologetics methodology based on the Myers Brigg indicator test This is beyond laughable One chooses a methodology based on truth factors, not psychology Still, an interesting if humorous suggestion.

  6. says:

    Excellent book showcasing the major apologetic approaches i.e Classical, Evidential, Reformed and Fideism.The strengths and weaknesses of each approach is analysed even handedly.The authors conclude and recommend that an integrative approach be adopted This is not a fifth way that is superior to the other approaches, but an ongoing process that is required The appropriate approach must take into account the person s cognitive and experiential background and disposition.

  7. says:

    Kenneth Boa and Robert Bowman do an excellent job of providing a guided tour of the history of apologetics in church history They also offer some helpful tips in the concluding chapters on how to integrate the various approaches to apologetics This book is somewhat lengthy, and difficult reading at times, but worthwhile if you are interested in such things.

  8. says:

    A good, comprehensive overview of four, major apologetic methods The authors survey the positions, famous proponents, and strengths weaknesses The authors conclude that effective apologetics will make use of all four positions Recommended for anyone who is interested in learning about the discipline of apologetics, and the diversity within apologetics.

  9. says:

    A thorough, helpful, and critical look at various apologetical methods of defending Christianity It was particularly useful in helping me sort through my own biases, methods, weaknesses, and strengths in how I present the reasons for my trust in Jesus I will undoubtedly read parts of this again and again.It s worth noting that this book is free via PDF parts from Ken Boa s website.

  10. says:

    This book does an excellent job of helping the Bible student to understand the different methods of defending the Gospel He makes a good case for tying these methods to an individuals theological foundation.

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