The vibrant and persuasive arguments of C. S. Lewis brought about a shift in the discipline of apologetics, moving the conversation from the ivory tower to the public square. The resulting strain of popular apologetics-which weaves through Lewis into twentieth-century writers like Francis Schaeffer and modern apologists like William Lane Craig, has equipped countless believers to defend their faith against its detractors.
uses Lewis's work as the starting point for an absorbing survey of the key apologists and major arguments that inform apologetics today. Like apologists before him, Markos writes to engage Christians of all denominations as well as seekers and skeptics.
His narrative, "man of letters" style and short chapters make Apologetics for the Twenty-first Century easily accessible for the general reader. But an extensive and heavily annotated bibliography, detailed timeline, list of prominent apologists, and glossary of common terms will satisfy the curiosity of the seasoned academic, as the book prepares all readers to meet the particular challenges of defending the faith today.
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I believe every believer should be prepared to give a defense for the hope that is in us, with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15). Unfortunately, a majority never do this. While reasons vary from person to person, the bottom line really boils down to disobedience. So what should a believer do? I think the power of the Holy Spirit in us will guide us and lead us in our discussions when those opportunities arise, and we will be equipped with an ability to share our hope.
There are some individuals that seem to be particularly gifted in this area, and spend their lives dedicated to the field called 'apologetics'. Many believers (at best) aren't familiar with that term , or what is involved in giving a defense of the faith, once for all delievered to the saints. A few (at worst) take it the extreme and defend the faith (or their brand/version of it) with venomous defensive attacks against others.
Louis Markos' work, Apologetics for the 21st Century, is an excellent primer for those who know very little about apologetics but will also prove to be a great read for those very familiar with 'evidentialist' and 'presuppositional' apologetics (if you don't know there terms, don't worry about it for now!)
About half of the book provides an overview of apologists from the late 19th and 20th centuries. It is a great overview of individuals I was familiar with, such as C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton, and those I wasn't as familiar with, such as Francis Shaeffer and Dorothy Sayers. A final chapter on Josh McDowell closes out the first section of the book.
The last section of the book examines multiple areas of apologetics being defended today, ie. the existence of God, the authority of Scripture, the resurrection and exclusivity of Jesus, neo-gnostics, the new atheism, post-moderns and intelligent design. As these topics are addressed, Markos pulls together a wide range of current apologists and develops clear and well articulated defenses.
I would recommend this book to those interested in the field of apologetics whether they knew nothing or thought they knew everything. Again, I believe every believer should be ready to give a defense for the hope in them, and this work does well at helping put together biblical truths in a way to communicate those truths.
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