I need to confess I’ve stayed away from Modern Western Apologetics for a number of years. I found they tried to answer questions no-one was asking and answer questions to convince the convinced. It was in a moment of weakness that I agreed to review Mere Apologetics by Alister McGrath and I am so glad I did.
The book is written as an introduction to apologetics by a master of it. McGrath is a teacher who is passionate about having his students understand. At times when I read I was wishing I had him as my teacher when I studied apologetics.
He skillfully outlines the different ways apologetics can and are used and I began to see the reason for my dislike of how I’ve seen it used most often. I also agreed with his analysis of how it can be best used in various situations. Apologetics is not evangelism, but it goes hand-in-glove with it. I think I said,“Amen!” out loud on the bus when I read his call to love instead of argue people to the faith.
Mere Apologetics is written to introduce people to the field of apologetics. It’s a good tool to regularly think about your faith and how to better explain it to those who ask. This book will help you.
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