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"Look carefully. Listen closely. Do you see? Do you hear? There are a million signposts pointing toward the specific truth of God in Christ. I've seen many of them. But God is speaking to you too. Look and see. Listen and hear."

In this accessible and engaging work, veteran apologist Jim Sire gives us eyes to see the myriad "signals of transcendence" all around us that poin
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Published July 14th 2014 by IVP Academic
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Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is everything.
Therefore there is a God.
Either you see this or you don't.

This epigraph at the beginning of James W. Sire's latest book captures the "apologetic" for the Christian faith that Sire proposes. In the course of the book, he rings the changes on this syllogism, substituting for "everything" the terms "literature" and "the music of Johann Sebastian Bach" among others.

What he addresses here are the limits of reason to "prove" the existence of God or indeed to convince someone of the
Ian Caveny
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Apologetics Beyond Reason was one of a handful of books that I received as a gift concluding my time as a full-time staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. It's title is similar to a book that I've been milling about with in the back of my hand - one that I'm tentatively calling The Apologetic of Beauty, or something like that - and it represented, in many ways, a fundamental claim that we take to be true in Humanities scholarship: that is, that Cartesian Rationalism is a poor foun ...more
David Bruyn
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it

Sire makes the useful case for transcendence found in intuition, in the arts, and in personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Eschewing the rational apologetics of most books in this vein, Sire argues that 'signals of transcendence' are everywhere & ultimately point us to Christ. Focusing primarily on poetry & literature, he goes through several 'arguments' from Christian, non-Christian, & even anti-Christian sources to demonstrate how each leads one towards God in their own way.

I use quotes around 'arguments' because, as I said, this is not a work of purely rational apologetics. Strict empiricists may not find this bo
Leah Marie Wilson
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
When I came across Apologetics Beyond Reason, I was ecstatic to find Sire was proposing a literary apologetic. Unfortunately, his proposed apologetic seemed to fall flat. Throughout the book, I felt he was grasping at a less formulated theory that was a slapdash of Tolkien and Lewis. At times, Sire's argument felt strained and didactic. Finishing his argument for an apologetic starting from ontology through an aesthetic experience, Sire seems to argue from an epistemological defense through reas ...more
Patrick Conley
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sire begins with a premise of arguing from places that are not the typical apologetic starting points. A person who loves literature and serious art will enjoy this book. His premise was a bit hard for me to follow. However, he beautifully brings it together in a narrative selection near the conclusion.
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was pivotal in pulling me out of a year of doubt and insecurity about my beliefs. I can't name any one point Sire made that proved God's existence to me or single-handedly saved my faith or anything like that - indeed, the book as a whole didn't do anything nearly so dramatic - but after finishing it, I suddenly felt solid again. I still had questions, but I was asking them confidently, not fearfully.

I think this book just fit with how my mind works. Sire's arguments from literature an
Aaron Carpenter
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
"Signals of transcendence" - this is Sire's term for an apologetic that does not rest upon the typical lines of evidence for God's existence. Cosmological, ontological, and moral arguments yield place to aesthetic experience, specifically as found in art and literature. How literature is an argument for God's existence and the fundamentals of Christianity, especially when penned by deists and atheists, is exactly what Sire aims to show.
He does so in a book that could be called humble, honest, me
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gostei muito deste livro. Não por concordar com tudo o que o autor propõe. Afinal, sou um pressupocionalista (do tipo racionalista, diria Sire). Contudo, Sire é um grande apologista e escreve com maestria e beleza. Neste livro, somos convidados a considerar os "sinais de transcendência" que nos cercam. ...more
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This was a refreshing take on Apologetics. Sire points to "signals of transcendence" within the human experience. These can be found in art, music, and literature. Sire does a good job of clarifying some of the intangible qualities of the process of intuiting God's existence. The book is also deeply personal, containing a number of details about Sire's own development of faith.

I was not persuaded by all of his arguments, nor was I really impressed by some of his theological claims (God's trivial
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James W. Sire was a Christian author, speaker, and former editor for InterVarsity Press.

Sire was an officer in the Army, a college professor of English literature, philosophy and theology, the chief editor of InterVarsity Press, a lecturer at over two hundred universities around the world and the author of twenty books on literature, philosophy and the Christian faith. His book The Universe Next D

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