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Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World

Timothy R Phillips (Ed)Dennis L Okholm (Ed)

Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World

Timothy R Phillips (Ed)Dennis L Okholm (Ed)

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Evangelicals are beginning to provide analyses of our postmodern society, but little has been done to suggest an effective apologetic strategy for reaching a culture that is pluralistic, consumer-oriented, and infatuated with managerial and therapeutic approaches to life. This, then, is the first book to address that vital task.

In these pages some of evangelicalism's most stimulating thinkers consider three possible apologetic responses to postmodernity. William Lane Craig argues that traditional evidentialist apologetics remains viable and preferable. Roger Lundin, Nicola Creegan and James Sire find the postmodern critique of Christianity and Western culture more challenging, but reject central features of it. Philip Kenneson, Brian Walsh and J. Richard Middleton, on the other hand, argue that key aspects of postmodernity can be appropriated to defend orthodox Christianity.

An essential feature are trenchent chapters by Ronald Clifton Potter, Dennis Hollinger and Douglas Webster considering issues facing the local church in light of postmodernity. The volumes editors and John Stackhouse also add important introductory essays that orient the reader to postmodernity and various apologetic strategies.

All this makes for a book indispensable for theologians, a wide range of students and reflective pastors.

- Publisher

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About "Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World"

Evangelicals are beginning to provide analyses of our postmodern society, but little has been done to suggest an effective apologetic strategy for reaching a culture that is pluralistic, consumer-oriented, and infatuated with managerial and therapeutic approaches to life. This, then, is the first book to address that vital task.

In these pages some of evangelicalism's most stimulating thinkers consider three possible apologetic responses to postmodernity. William Lane Craig argues that traditional evidentialist apologetics remains viable and preferable. Roger Lundin, Nicola Creegan and James Sire find the postmodern critique of Christianity and Western culture more challenging, but reject central features of it. Philip Kenneson, Brian Walsh and J. Richard Middleton, on the other hand, argue that key aspects of postmodernity can be appropriated to defend orthodox Christianity.

An essential feature are trenchent chapters by Ronald Clifton Potter, Dennis Hollinger and Douglas Webster considering issues facing the local church in light of postmodernity. The volumes editors and John Stackhouse also add important introductory essays that orient the reader to postmodernity and various apologetic strategies.

All this makes for a book indispensable for theologians, a wide range of students and reflective pastors.

- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Timothy R Phillips (Ed)

Timothy R. Phillips (PhD., Vandervelt University) served as associate professor of theology at Wheaton College prior to his death in October 2000 at the age of 50. He co-edited The Nature of Confession: Evangelicals and Postliberals in Conversation, More Than One Way?, Care of the Soul, Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianityand Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World. He was instrumental in starting and organizing the annual Wheaton College Theology Conference.

Dennis L Okholm (Ed)

Dennis L. Okholm, (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) teaches in the department of theology and philosophy at Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University. Previously he was associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and an oblate of a Benedictine monastery (Blue Cloud Abbey, SD). He is also co-pastor of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California. He has co-authored and co-edited several books, including two collections of papers presented at the annual Wheaton Theology Conference- Evangelicals & Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics and The Nature of Confession: Evangelicals & Post-liberals in Conversation, along with Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World and Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity (all in partnership with Timothy R. Phillips). He is a member of numerous societies and boards and received a grant to work on a book-length project on the seven deadly sins.

Table Of Contents

  • part I Definitions: Apologetics And Postmodernity
  • 1. Introduction
  • timothy R. Phillips And dennis Okholm
  • 2. The Pragmatics Of Postmodernity
  • roger Lundin
  • 3. From Architecture To Argument: Historic Resources For Christian Apologetics
  • john G. Stackhouse Jr.
  • part Ii The Apologetics Of Modernity
  • 4. Schleiermacher As Apologist: Reclaiming The Father Of Modern Theology
  • nicola Hoggard Creegan
  • 5. Politically Incorrect Salvation
  • william Lane Craig
  • part Iii Apologetics Between Modernity And Postmodernity
  • 6. On Being A Fool For Christ And An Idiot For Nobody: Logocentricity And Postmodernity
  • james W. Sire
  • part Iv The Apologetics Of Postmodernity
  • 7. Facing The Postmodern Scalpel: Can The Christian Faith Withstand Deconstruction?
  • j. Richard Middleton And brian J. Walsh
  • 8. There's No Such Thing As Objective Truth, And It's A Good Thing, Too
  • philip D. Kenneson
  • part V The Church In A Postmodern Setting
  • 9. Christian Apologetics In The African-american Grain
  • ronald Potter
  • 10. The Church As Apologetic: A Sociology Of Knowledge Perspective
  • dennis Hollinger
  • 11. Evangelizing The Church
  • douglas Webster
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index
  • List Of Contributors

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  • Catalogue Code 81475
  • Product Code 083081860X
  • EAN 9780830818600
  • Pages 238
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date May 1995
  • Dimensions 227 x 152 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.363kg

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