Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith
In the first sentence in the Acknowledgements section, Douglas Groothuis says, “Christian Apologetics comes out of my Christian life and all who have contributed to it. Since this book is as close to a magnum opus as I will ever have, I should like to thank as many people as possible who, in one way or another, contributed to its existence.”
This volume is certainly weighty, coming in at 752 pages; so it does feel like a magnum opus. The reader gets the sense almost immediately that Groothuis is attempting to be as comprehensive as possible. At several points throughout the book Groothuis admits that he cannot cover any particular topic in any depth as he would like. But my feeling is that he covers each topic adequately.
The book has a practical feel to it. That is apparent from his statement that “Christian Apologeitcs” comes out of his Christian life. It flows from his conversations with real people. Groothuis does not speak from the ivory tower, but from the street level. His learning has been applied to the real world.
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In the Christian apologetic task, this book falls under the cumulative case approach. Several lines of evidence are marshaled in an attempt to lead the seeker from non-belief, to general theism, to belief in the unique aspects of Christianity. Given that this is his goal, I think Groothuis succeeds very well here. Christian Apologetics could be thought of as a very useful book. As I stated above, it is very practical in nature. That is not to say that it is not theoretical, but just that the theoretical aspects are balanced well with how this might play out in particular apologetics conversations.
Apologists of the Van Tillian stripe will not agree with his approach, yet I think that even the most strident presuppositionalist will find useful content within…
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