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Apologetics, the defense of the Faith, shows why our Christian faith is true—but it’s much more than that. Apologetics isn’t just the province of scholars and saints, but of ordinary men and women: parents, teachers, lay ministry leaders, pastors, and everyone who wants to develop a stronger faith, to understand why we believe what we believe, to know Our Lord better, and ...more
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Published May 24th 2017 by Emmaus Road Publishing
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Kirk
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A timely book. A needed book for the Church. The changes in our culture in the last few decades demand we think more deeply about the way we “defend our faith”. Ms Ordway points her finger in exactly the direction that needs to be followed. As a person who has worked in arts circles as a follower of Christ for the last two decades where imagination is important I think she precisely articulates not just “how” but “why” the Church needs to intentionally cultivate the imagination. We are more than ...more
Dan Lawler
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fantasy and the Gospel

Nowadays, says author Holly Ordway, the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ consists of mere jargon-words with no substantial content and not much meaning to non-believers and believers alike. While the rational arguments of apologetics are necessary for indoctrination ("the most important tasks for the apologists is catechesis and formation inside the Church," Location 472), the evangelization of new converts requires the re-imaging of Biblical truths in a way that mak
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Gary Geraci
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book for aspiring Catholic artists and writers

Your art, my art, our art, is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and are the brushstrokes in God’s current and final Masterpiece. Thank you for this inspiring book and I loved your Sonnets at the end of each chapter. Now I’m off to make more brushstrokes...
Curby Graham
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently a student of Dr. Ordway at Houston Baptist University. She heads up the Cultural Apologetics Dept. This is a wonderful book on the role of imagination in apologetics. While not ignoring the need for sound arguments and debate, apologetics has been lacking in areas such as art, architecture, literature and music. Dr. Ordway is a Roman Catholic but instructs mainly Evangelicals at Houston Baptist. That is the kind of ecumenicalism that Christianity is in need of today. A must have f ...more
David
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
An primer on an unexplored field of apologetics

Dr. Ordway poses several insightful questions about the effectiveness of the Evangelical Christian as an apologist to a post-christian culture. Then she brings to bear on those questions the factors of using creative, imaginative and not overtly Christian tools to dialogue with the culture.
Her examination and discussion these matters proof effective at raising other questions: who is equipped to do this? What is the expected results? How can such a
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Kevin Lucia
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent look at how creating art - and not art whose meanings are explicit, but art which requires thoughtful interpretation - is a necessary means of not only expressing faith, but also defending it. This book will require a re-read - some heavy theological and apologetic lifting - but the idea that we aren't called upon to create art which is blatantly proselytizing, but called upon to create art which leads audiences/viewers/readers into thoughtful reflection and interpretation, was extr ...more
Audra Gayle
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago, I read Dr. Ordway's memoir Not God's type, and she introduced me to imaginative apologetics. As an avid reader, this field of study fascinated me. If you're interested on how literature and arts can be used as a way to point others to Christ, this book is for you. Be advised: Dr. Ordway is writing from a Catholic perspective. This doesn't bother me at all, but I just want you to be aware that you might not agree 100% on every point. ...more
Kyle
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ordway makes a strong case for an integrated approach to apologetics that is both rational and imaginative, tapping into both intellectual and emotional objections and explanations for faith. She draws heavily from Lewis throughout, and while coming from a distinctly Roman Catholic perspective, Christians of the Protestant tradition should find much of value here for our own approach to apologetics.
Michelle
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having only studied Apologetics as a reasonable/propositional defense, I found Ordway’s charge to integrate reason and imagination compelling. Through my literature studies this year, I can attest to the powerful way art gives meaning to truth. I especially enjoyed the chapters on language and how we can use imaginative Apologetics to recover lost meanings for some words.
Eric
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, accessible approach to apologetics. Makes a strong case for the integration of truth, beauty and goodness in appealing to the human heart. A fine synopsis of why and how to remove obstacles to the Faith.
Bob Perry
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insightful. Well said. Thought-provoking. Anyone who considers themselves to be some kind of Christian apologist (which should be every Christian) needs to read this book!
David Bruyn
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Disappointing

Helpful thoughts on imagination begin but never really take flight. Far too dogmatically Romanist to be helpful to most Protestants.
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Holly Ordway is the Fellow of Faith and Culture at the Word on Fire Institute, and Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (Word on Fire Academic, 2021), Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach
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“The problem is that, all too often, people think they already know what Christianity is—and they don’t particularly want to hear any more about it. Many people have only a vague idea of Jesus, one that’s frankly not interesting enough to be worth bothering about; for them, Christianity is just one more option on the spiritual menu, and an outdated one at that.” 1 likes
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