This is a call for a new understanding of apologetics, moving away from appeals to trans-cultural rationality, arguing for a new form of cross-cultural dialogue. Christian apologetics is in crisis. Old concepts do no longer hold and post-modern development pose...
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This is a call for a new understanding of apologetics, moving away from appeals to trans-cultural rationality, arguing for a new form of cross-cultural dialogue. Christian apologetics is in crisis. Old concepts do no longer hold and post-modern development pose new questions. Benno van den Toren argues for an apologetic witness that is an exercise in cross-cultural dialogue aimed at persuading our conversation partners of the relevance of a life centred on the reality revealed in Jesus Christ. Some significant steps have been made toward the development of such a new apologetic practice. The aim of this book is to provide theological and philosophical basis for a new paradigm for Christian apologetic dialogue with our post-modern and multi-cultural world and to work out its practical relevance.
Revd Dr Benno van den Toren (Ph.D., University of Kampen) is Dean of Faculty & Tutor in Doctrine at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Benno is from the Netherlands, studied theology in Utrecht, Oxford and Kampen where he did his doctoral research on apologetics, Karl Barth, and postmodernism.
After working as a pastoral assistant and with the Dutch evangelical student movement, he moved with his family to French-speaking Africa, where he taught systematic theology for eight years at the Bangui Evangelical School of Theology.
During those years he published in Dutch, English, and French, mainly on the nature of Christian doctrine and ethics in a multicultural world. His most recent publications are A Pocket Guide To Christian Belief and Reasons for My Hope: Questions and Objections from Non-Christian Friends
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- Preface; Chapter One: Two Converging Challenges For Christian Apologetic Witness; Chapter Two: Postmodern Criticism Of Modern Western Apologetics; Chapter Three: Theological Appreciation Of Modern Western Apologetics. Chapter Four: Christian Anthropology For Understanding Apologetics; Chapter Five: Surprised By Reality; Chapter Six: Contextual Apologetics; Chapter Seven: Cross-cultural Persuasion; Chapter Eight: Reaching The Reasons Of The Heart; Bibliography.