Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Snap: Douglas Groothuis' "Christian Apologetics"

This is the latest "gateway" apologetics book to hit the market, and it doesn't look half bad. I'd like to be more specific, but the bulk of it -- in line with Groothuis' own expertise -- is philosophical in orientation, covering such issues as postmodernism and the theistic proofs. Beyond that the nuts and bolts type apologetics I do is covered in only 2-3 chapters -- one written by Craig Blomberg.

Appropriate to a gateway book, there is not much depth here, but there is enough that I'd definitely put this one in the basket with Strobel's as "best in show." The one drawback for some: It's a monster in size, and therefore not easy reading. It may have been well served as 4 volumes, and it's presentation style is not that of a reference book as its size implies. Still and all, count this one as recommended.

4 comments:

  1. So how does this book compare to the earlier book you reviewed by James Beilby?

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  2. More nuts and bolts whereas Beilby was more of a "justification for the practice" kind of deal.

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  3. Ever considered William Lane Craig's On Guard? You can preview the first chapter of the book at OnGuardBook.com.

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  4. First I've heard of it...looks interesting, but I'd need the money to get it. (IVP sends me books free to review. That's why I had this one and Beilby's, and another coming next week.)

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