Mapping Apologetics: Comparing Contemporary Approaches

Brian K. Morley (2015)

Overview

This book seeks to give a clear and concise description of various apologetic methods by consider...

Introduction

Apologetics seeks to address “the problem of belief.” In other words, it seeks to understand what...

Part 1: Foundational Issues

Part 2: Apologetic Methodologies

Chapter 3: Cornelius Van Til (Presuppositionalism) - Christianity is an intellectual commitment we cannot do withou

Van Til (1895-1987) taught briefly at Princeton and then at Westminster Theological Seminary in P...

Chapter 4: John Frame – We See Ultimate Truth From More Than One Perspective

John Frame (1939- ) teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and has sought to maintai...

Chapter 5: Alvin Plantinga – Belief In God Is An Immediate Awareness, and Belief in Christianity is a Gift of God

Plantinga’s method, which he calls “Reformed epistemology,” challenges the idea of needing proof ...

Chapter 6: E.J. Carnell, Gordon Lewis, and Francis Schaeffer – Christianity is logical, factual and viable

Edward Carnell (1919-1967) wanted to respond to evangelicalism’s isolationist and anti-intellectu...

Chapter 7: Introduction to Classical Apologetics – Prove Theism, Then Christianity

Classical apologetics uses a two step approach of initially proving theism and then specifically ...

Chapter 8: Richard Swinburne – Theism and Christianity are Highly Probable

Richard Swinburne (1934- ) taught at Oxford and created an innovative argument for Christianity b...

Chapter 9: William Lane Craig: God Is Proved By Theistic Arguments, and Christianity By Evidences

Craig (1949- ) seeks to engage apologetics in order to influence culture and make Christianity ‘a...

Chapter 10: Norman Geisler: Theism is Proved By What is Undeniable, and Christianity is Known From Evidences

Geisler advances his own method for apologetics by first significantly critiquing various approac...

Chapter 11: John Warwick Montgomery: Facts Point to Interpretations, and Critical Facts Point to Christianity

John Warwick Montgomery, who holds ten advanced degrees, is brought in to put the case forward fo...

Chapter 12: Gary Habermas: Christianity Can Be Proved By Widely Accepted Crucial Facts

Habermas is also an evidentialist and he chairs the Department of Philosophy at Liberty Universit...

Conclusion: Putting It All Together

Morley ends his book surveying different apologetic methods by thinking through four crucial area...

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