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Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics

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There is a widespread belief that reason and faith are incompatible and opposed to each other. Faith is viewed as subjective, emotional, a crutch for those who find the real world too hard. Though many of the world's finest minds hold this view, the Bible teaches that it is the fool who says there is no God.

Dr. R. C. Sproul clearly and simply argues that at its core Christ
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Hardcover, 206 pages
Published September 19th 2003 by Crossway Books (first published September 1st 2003)
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Chauncey Lattimer
This book is exactly what it claims to be - "An Introduction to Apologetics." R.C. Sproul admits that he only deals with two of many topics in the broad field of apologetics - the case for the existence of God and the case for the divine origin of scripture. The book begins with an examination of the apologetic task - "providing an intellectual defense of the truth claims of the faith." This is followed by a look at the "four essential principles of knowledge"- 1. the law of noncontradiction; 2. ...more
Lydia
Jul 15, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly what the title says, an introduction to apologetics. It includes several basic discussions, along with their historical significance and authors, as well as scriptural references to refute or back up the claims.

I should note that I listened to this as a book on tape rather than actually reading it, which is probably partially why it is only three stars (unfortunately that was the medium it was easiest for me to get my hands on). I tend to do other things while I'm listening to b

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Linda
Mar 01, 2013 Linda rated it it was ok
While I think the concept of Christian Apologetics is very interesting - and potentially quite relevant and helpful - this book is written in such high-level language that it is difficult to gain a full understanding.
Kristel
Mar 31, 2016 Kristel rated it really liked it
This was an easy to follow examination of The Law of Noncontradiction, The Law of Causality, the reliability of sense perception, natural theology and science. I really enjoyed the author's ability to explain philosophy so well in easy to understand language and examples.
Neal
Dec 25, 2007 Neal rated it it was ok
Sproul's apologetics are from a very classical stance in this book and possibly a bit too wooden for practicality. A very helpful book to set up categories for thinking about apologetics, but not very practical for having a thoughtful discussion with a non-believing friend.
Barbara
Jun 25, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent introduction to the principles of logic and reasoning. Now I understand better what people like Ravi Zacharias and Frank Turek are talking about.
I will probably listen to it again because so many points are covered.
Joe
Feb 17, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
If you want to know how to engage the culture with logical thinking that questions present day thinking that denies the existence of God, this is the book for you.
Jonathan Woodward
Oct 24, 2012 Jonathan Woodward rated it it was amazing
Hands down, the best book on the beginnings of basic apologetics. Get this book and read it, defend your faith.
Ms.Cogan
Apr 20, 2009 Ms.Cogan rated it it was amazing
Sproul does a faithful and helpful job looking at the philosophical arguments for Christianity. Helped me see the reasonableness of the Christian faith.
Jonathan
May 21, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Sometimes a bit thick to get through, but overall a good study, especially in teaching this to my peers in Sunday School.
Brandon H.
Jun 14, 2013 Brandon H. rated it it was amazing
A most excellent defense of the Christian faith. Also an intelligent argument given for the existence of God.
Mark Makary
Weak
Julio  Padilla Mozo
El libro muy entendible, muy razonable para cualquier lector, pero la última sección me dejó deseando más en sus argumentos. Sin embargo fue un gran libro para introducción.
Mike Hyatt
Nov 22, 2011 Mike Hyatt rated it really liked it
“Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics” by R.C. Sproul is intended to be "a primer on the two major propositions we must defend: the existence of God and the authority of the Bible." (pg. 19) To accomplish this task the book explores five areas:
1. The Four Essential Principles of Knowledge
2. Natural Reason and Faith
3. The Case for God’s Existence: Four Possibilities
4. God and the Philosophers
5. The Case for Biblical Authority
This book offers a good introduction for those who want
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Pastoralmusings
Dec 07, 2009 Pastoralmusings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Defending Your Faith is an amazingly well written book, as is practically every Sproul book that I've ever read.
R.C. Sproul is known for his teaching and his ability to take a complex subject and present it in a way that can be more easily understood. He has certainly done this with Defending Your Faith.
Though Defending Your Faith is subtitled “An Introduction to Apologetics” it is much more than that. It is a foundation for apologetics. The reasoning, the information, and the responses given to
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Bendick Ong
Nov 10, 2013 Bendick Ong rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
There are 3 approaches to beginning apologetics: asserting the (1) authority of scripture; (2) existence of God; and (3) veracity of Christ and the author focuses on (1) and (2).
This is a good book that approaches apologetic philosophically - to be specific, epistemologically. It starts with establishing the 4 main principles in epistemology and showing us how the Christian faith fulfills all. It then transits comfortably from the analogical use of language to the argument of natural theology v
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Jeremiah
Jun 16, 2014 Jeremiah rated it really liked it
This is a good basic introduction to classical Christian apologetics. Sproul's approach is philosophical (that is, he begins with some chapters on epistemology and formal logic and discusses the major shifts in thought brought about by Hume, Kant, and Neitzsche) but remains highly readable. That simplification comes at the cost, though, of feeling that the complex arguments in these philosophers' works really can't be reduced to a few pages of summary discussion and dismissal. Yes, it is an ...more
Joel Ortiz-Quintanilla
Sep 22, 2012 Joel Ortiz-Quintanilla rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book, that spoke about apologetics and what it means to defend your faith. Every moment of my life has always come down to what I believe in, and in the past I was ashamed to say I was Christian, yes I denied Christ, and one of the lowly reasons was that I could not back up why I believed in Christ. This book helps me to fight off those detractors that come my way. Those that want to make fun of my beliefs, this book helped me to understand more of my Faith, and how to back ...more
Evghenii Sologubenco
Aug 01, 2015 Evghenii Sologubenco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics
One of the better works for the beginning apologist. A well presented outline of laws of logic and reason. Further the author gives an overview of explanation of reality and gives a logical outline of arguments for the existence of God. The last section on reliability of Bible as authoritative work of God is built upon previous arguments. His approach to apologetics is thus taking a starting point from arguments for God's existence and necessity. He touches on important figures in philosophy and ...more
Christen
Mar 10, 2010 Christen rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning more about the rules of logic at the beginning of this book. I was even agreeing with the author that based on the rules of logic, if anything exists, than something must be eternal. However, when Sproul rejected the universe as being the eternal thing, I found him to be disingenuous. He indicated that we could reject the universe itself because science can't yet explain the mechanism of the big bang theory. But then he says we should embrace God as the eternal thing and says ...more
Noel Burke
Sep 14, 2015 Noel Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been working on this one for quite some time now, but wanted to go ahead and note completion of this one. Sproul does an incredible job of articulating weighty concepts for the lay person to understand. The goal of apologetics revolves around three major questions. First, the existence of God. Second, the authority of Scripture. Third, the deity of Christ. If these can be explained and defended then you have done the work of an evangelist. Sproul mentions that there are thousands of ...more
Keith Martin
The argument was convincing for the existence of A god but fell short in its proof for the God of the Bible. The author's treatment of Scripture seemed like an afterthought as it was quickly glossed over at the end of the book. He initially dismissed circular arguments for the reliability of Scripture but then argued for the authority of the Bible by using the Bible itself. It is not helpful to say the Bible is historically accurate, just read this book by FF Bruce, now let's see what the ...more
Rob
Oct 31, 2011 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sproul discusses proofs of God's existence and support for the authority of the Bible. He dips into the history of philosophy, especially into epistemology, and calls for integrity when reasoning about the existence of God. In particular, he opposes the naturalist's appeal to uncaused events as an explanation of how the universe began; for out of nothing, no thing comes. Sproul also appeals to the definition of an event, saying that it implies being caused by something else. Finally, Sproul ...more
Shep
Feb 09, 2010 Shep rated it liked it
This book is in many ways more of an introduction to philosophy and logical reasoning than all out apologetics. Sproul comes from a more Thomistic classical standpoint, whereas I stand on a more Kuyperean / Van Tilian transcendentalist standpoint, but he provides a good starting place for those interested in classical apologetics. As always is the case with Sproul, the book is easy to read and highly accessible to the layman. Indeed, I wish more presuppositionalists would write as clearly and as ...more
Paul
Feb 14, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
This book was my introduction to Apologetics. As a Christian, I can't believe I'd not heard of this term before. Sproul does a wonderful job of academically outlining the logical reasoning behind the existence of God. More Christians should understand these arguments and argue your faith on equal terms with any academic. Faith does not have to be blind, and can be succinctly argued as R.C. Sproul so eloquently does. A great read... and easily counters the monotonous argument of Dawkins God ...more
Betsy
Jul 11, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it
I would highly recommend this book. Why do you believe what you believe? Because it's the Work of God? Guess what? The Quran and Book of Mormon claim the same. Is the Bible true, is it still applicable today? Is it sacred scripture? If so, how to you respond to those who try to undermine it or twist it to say what makes them comfotable? Especially fellow Christians? I pray that if I'm wrong about any beliefs that the Holy Spirit would convict me of such.
Philip
An excellent book of Christian apologetics. I consider R.C. Sproul one of the premier leaders in contemporary Christian thinking. The author takes philosophical systems that have opposed Christianity over the centuries and applies rationality, reason, and logic to expose their fraudulence. An excellent resource to encourage and equip a Christian and a must read for anyone who thinks Christianity is lacking in rationality.
R.P. Bosman
Boek richt zich op twee peilers: het richt zich op het bestaan van God en de goddelijke oorsprong van de heilige Schrift, de bijbel. Als deze twee 'aangetoond' kunnen worden dan zouden we de 90% van de weg van de apologetiek hebben afgelegd volgens Sproul.

Boek is af en toe niet makkelijk om te lezen. Het laatste gedeelte vond ik het interesants. Hier legt hij een sterk verband naar de Bijbel. Leuk boek als je geiteresseerd bent in apologetiek.
Robert E Sturgeon
I don't subscribe to RC Sproul's doctrine of salvation (Reformed, Calvinist), myself being of the school of Free Grace. To be fair though, this book isn't about soteriology. Dr. Sprouls apologetics however, are among the most solid you'll read. If you want to develop a solid defense for the existence of God and for the authority of the Canon, Dr. Sproul's philosophical stance is among the finest.
Jesse
Aug 02, 2009 Jesse rated it did not like it
I put this in the "read" category, I didn't finish reading it, and I am not going to. This book is terrible. It's horribly written, presumptuous, and doesn't deliver what it claims it will. I rarely, if ever, don't finish a book but I just can't read another page. My husband did finish it and he said it doesn't get better and it's not worth reading.
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Dr. R.C. Sproul was born in 1939 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He is president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and the founder and chairman of the ministry that began in 1971 as the Ligonier Valley Study Center in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. In an effort to respond more effectively to the growing demand for Dr. Sproul’s teachings and the ministry’s other educational resources, ...more
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