Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today by John G. Stackhouse

Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today

byJohn G. Stackhouse

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Is it still possible, in an age of religious and cultural pluralism, to engage in Christian apologetics? How can one urge one's faith on others when such a gesture is typically regarded with suspicion, if not outright resentment? In Humble Apologetics John G. Stackhouse brings his wide experience as a historian, philosopher, journalist, and theologian to these important questions and offers surprising--and reassuring--answers. Stackhouse begins by acknowledging the real impediments to Christian testimony in NorthAmerica today and to other faiths in modern societies around the world. He shows how pluralism, postmodernism, skepticism, and a host of other factors create a cultural milieu resistant to the Christian message. And he shows how the arrogance or dogmatism of apologists themselves can alienate ratherthan attract potential converts. Indeed, Stackhouse argues that the crucial experience of conversion cannot be compelled; all the apologist can do is lead another to the point where an actual encounter with Jesus can take place. Finally, he shows how displaying an attitude of humility, instead ofmerely trying to win religious arguments, will help believers offer their neighbors the gift of Christ's love. Drawing on the author's personal experience and written with an engaging directness and an unassuming nature, Humble Apologetics provides sound guidance on how to share Christian faith in a postmodern world.

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John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. His previous book, Can God Be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil (OUP, 1998) was named one of Christianity Today's books of the year.
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Title:Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith TodayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.59 inPublished:July 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Stackhouse has done the most extraordinary thing: he has made apologetics winsome. You will find that this book convinces you not only by the clarity of its arguments but by the gentle humility of its author. When I started this book I assumed I would hate it. When I got done with it Idiscovered it had renewed my love for our faith."--M. Craig Barnes, Senior Pastor, National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.