22.2.12

"Mere Apologetics" by Alister E. McGrath



Alister E. McGrath.  Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith. Baker Books, 2012. 208 pgs. 

What does it mean to help others find faith? What is evangelism? Apologetics? And how do we take part in these activities effectively? Throughout history there have been many great defenders of the faith but now, in the face of modern challenges, McGrath argues for a more flexible and deeper approach. Hence this book. Mere Apologeitcs, as an introductory level text, seeks to answer some of the basic questions of apologeitcs, such as those listed above, while getting down to the level of methodology in terms of how we defend our faith. Other topics include: the theological basis for apologetics, pointers to faith, and gateways of apologetics. 

As an introduction to apologetics Mere Apologetics is one of the best I have read. McGrath does indeed lay out a flexible approach to defending the faith while fitting a stunning amount of useful information into a small book. On top of that, McGrath makes sure to do what every introductory text should do: point the reader on. Each chapter concludes with a list of books for further reading, and these books are very well selected. 

Conclusion: 5 Stars. Recommended. Unless you already know all this stuff, perhaps because you have read all of McGrath's recommended additional reading, you can't go wrong here. 









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