A History of Apologetics
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A History of Apologetics

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Making the case for the Christian faith--apologetics--has always been part of the Church's mission. Yet Christians sometimes have had different approaches to defending the faith, responding to the needs of their respective times and framing their arguments to address the particular issues of their day. Cardinal Avery Dulles's "A History of Apologetics" provides a masterful...more
Published August 30th 2005 by Ignatius Press (first published April 1st 2005)
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[p. 367.] "In pressing the case for their discipline, apologists should keep in mind that it is neither necessary nor sufficient for salutary acts of faith. It is not necessary, for we all know people who have strong faith without having ever read a word of apologetics. It is not sufficient, because faith is a grace-given submission to the Word of God, not a conclusion from human arguments. Apologetics has a more modest task. It seeks to show why it is reasonable, with the help of grace, to acce...more
Mayowa Adebiyi
Only reason this is not 5 stars is simple because its a History book, you basically plough through. Interestingly starts off by recognising that the New Testament especially Luke and Acts has an Apologetic purpose -Strenghten believers, answer detractors.
Some reviewers on amazon, suspicious of a book from a Roman Catholic, have complained that it has an RC bias. I suspect this is a confusion with Dulles's use of catholic, both Ratzinger and St Augustine are 'Catholic' but not in the same way.
Trae Johnson
Book was assigned for Classical Apologetics class. The book traces the historical progression of apologetics, and in that, highlights the historical and philosophical climate that affected the apologetic approach and emphasis.
Kind of fast but a good who's who of apologetics.... The section on JPII is brief but telling....
There are few histories of apologetics, but this is a good one.
Matthew Sutton
excellent and scholarly.
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Avery Robert Dulles, S.J. (1918-2008) was a Jesuit priest, theologian, cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and served as the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University from 1988 to 2008. He was an internationally known author and lecturer.

Dulles was born in Auburn, New York, the son of future U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (for whom Washington Dulles...more
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