2019 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year: Apologetics • 2018 The Gospel Coalition Book Award: Evangelism & Apologetics
Apologetics at the Cross describes a much-needed approach to defending Christianity that uses Jesus as a model and the letter of 1 Peter as a guiding text.
This is a guidebook for how to defend Christianity with Christ-like gentleness and respect toward those who persecute the faith, making you a stronger witness to the good news of the gospel than many other apologetics books that focus on crafting unbreachable arguments.
Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen first provide an introduction to the rich field of apologetics and Christian witness, acquainting students and lay learners with the rich history, biblical foundation, and ongoing relevance of apologetics. Unique in its approach, Apologetics at the Cross:
- Presents the biblical and historical foundations for apologetics.
- Explores various contemporary methods for approaching apologetics.
- Gives practical guidance in "how to" chapters that feature many real-life illustrations.
But their approach pays special attention to the attitude and posture of the apologist, outlining instructions for the Christian community centered on reasoned answers, a humble spirit, and joy; rather than anger, arrogance, and aggression. Chatraw and Allen equip Christians to engage skeptics with the heart as well as the mind.
Conversational in tone and balanced in approach, Apologetics at the Cross provides a readable introduction to the field of apologetics. You'll be informed and equipped for engaging a wide range of contemporary challenges with the best in Christian thought.
About the Authors
Joshua Chatraw (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the director for New City Fellows and the Resident Theologian at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. His books include Apologetics at the Cross, Cultural Engagement, Truth in a Culture of Doubt, and Truth Matters. He is a fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians and has served in both pastoral and academic posts during his ministry.
Mark D. Allen (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, D.Min. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as the Chair of Liberty University's Biblical and Theological Studies Department and the Director of the Greek Program. His Ph.D. from Notre Dame focused on Christianity and Judaism in antiquity and his dissertation dealt with Old Testament critical scholarship. Mark brings twenty years of church planting and pastoral experience.
Introduction - An Invitation to Apologetics at the Cross
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Chapter 1 - Apologetics in the Bible—Part 1
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Chapter 2 - Apologetics in the Bible—Part 2
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Chapter 3 - Apologetics within the Great Tradition—Part 1
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Chapter 4 - Apologetics within the Great Tradition—Part 2
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Chapter 5 - Making Sense of the Methods
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Chapter 6 - Taking People to the Cross through Word and Deed
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Chapter 7 - Cruciform Humility before God and Others
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Chapter 8 - Appealing to the Whole Person for the Sake of the Gospel
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Chapter 9 - Contextualization through the Lens of the Cross
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Chapter 10 - Preparing to Engage (not Spin) in Late Modernism from the Inside Out
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Chapter 11 - Engaging in Late Modernism
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Chapter 12 - Dealing with Defeaters
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Chapter 13 - Making a Case
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This course will give you an accessible and complete introduction to the field of apologetics. You’ll learn the rich history, the biblical foundations, and the ongoing practical relevance of apologetics for your own life.
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