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New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics [Hardcover]

By Gavin McGrath (Editor), W. C. Campbell-Jack (Editor) & C. Stephen Evans (Consultant)
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The New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics is a must-have resource for professors and students, pastors and laypersons--in short, for any Christian who wishes to understand or develop a rational explanation of the Christian faith in the context of today's complex and ever-changing world. Packed with hundreds of articles that cover the key topics, historic figures and contemporary global issues relating to the study and practice of Christian apologetics, this handy one-volume resource will make an invaluable addition to any Christian library. Editors Gavin McGrath and W. C. Campbell-Jack, with consulting editor C. Stephen Evans, have divided the dictionary into two parts: Part one offers a series of introductory essays that set the framework for the dictionary. These essays examine the practice and importance of Christian apologetics in light of theological, historical and cultural concerns. Part two builds on these essays to present numerous alphabetized articles on individuals, ideas, movements and disciplines that are vital to a rational explanation of the Christian faith. Both essays and articles are written by leading Christian philosophers and theologians. Together, they form an indispensable resource for Christians living in today's pluralistic age.

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The New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics is a must-have resource for professors and students, pastors and laypersons--in short, for any Christian who wishes to understand or develop a rational explanation of the Christian faith in the context of today's complex and ever-changing world. Packed with hundreds of articles that cover the key topics, historic figures and contemporary global issues relating to the study and practice of Christian apologetics, this handy one-volume resource will make an invaluable addition to any Christian library. Editors Gavin McGrath and W. C. Campbell-Jack, with consulting editor C. Stephen Evans, have divided the dictionary into two parts: Part one offers a series of introductory essays that set the framework for the dictionary. These essays examine the practice and importance of Christian apologetics in light of theological, historical and cultural concerns. Part two builds on these essays to present numerous alphabetized articles on individuals, ideas, movements and disciplines that are vital to a rational explanation of the Christian faith. Both essays and articles are written by leading Christian philosophers and theologians. Together, they form an indispensable resource for Christians living in today's pluralistic age.

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New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics by Gavin McGrath, W. C. Campbell-Jack & C. Stephen Evans has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 09/01/2007 page 101
  • American Reference Bks Annual - 01/01/2007 page 538


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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   779
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.16" Width: 7.16" Height: 1.93"
Weight:   3.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830824510  
ISBN13  9780830824519  


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An Amazing Resource!  Jan 11, 2007
This is, to put it quite simply, an amazing resource. This is one of the few books that I simply have to recommend to anyone who is even slightly interested in the topic. In my opinion really all Christians should have this book, if not just to have a resource to keep themselves moderately informed of the changing apologetics landscape, and its historical backgrounds. Filled with hundreds of articles on topics ranging from the Kalaam cosmological argument, to Leibniz, Hegel, Logical Positivism, Naturalism, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, Apologetic Methodology, etc... and essentially any topic one could think of in relation to the subject of apologetics, this is an absolute must-buy for anyone interested in apologetics and meta-apologetics (that is, how to do apologetics itself). Whether you are the jaded veteran or the bright eyed beginner, this book really does a fantastic job of outlining the basic components of any given topic, while not getting bogged down in the particulars, and hence does a startlingly good job of balancing between accessibility and depth of information.

What sets this book apart from, say, Norman Geisler's similar offering, is the fact that it benefits strongly from a multiple contributor standpoint. Where Norman Geisler's apologetics encycopedia was (despite being a solid effort by one man) obviously over-reliant on one man's point of view (which happens to be decidedly neo-thomistic in its framework, which makes Geisler's critique heavily steeped in "classical" apologetic method) this book has a number of different contributors who represent numerous different backgrounds (e.g. not just theology and philosophy, but biology, chemistry, physics, and all of their sub-disciplines, along with a host of different ideas on apologetic methodology itself) which gives the book a very welcome inter-disciplinary approach. Among some of the notable contributors are of course, W.L. Craig, W. Dembski, Del Ratszch, Alister McGrath, Veli-Matti Karkainnen, J.P. Moreland, John Frame, and a host of others. If you are considering buying this book, but are still undecided, I can tell you that overall this book is well worth the somewhat steep price. It is a welcome contribution to the field of apologetics, and will, undoubtedly, be used for years to come.
 
An In-Depth Apologetics Guide For Casual Reading  Dec 25, 2006
When you see the words dictionary on any work you think of an A-Z guide to various subjects and words. While this is true of this work, the work itself is actually good enough to read while casually reading say before bed or work. The NEW DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS easily helps the reader to grasp what is apologetics and then turns to helping the Christian defend their faith from atheism to Zoroastrianism.

The work includes more than fifty leading theologians, teachers, and apologist. The overarching premise is found in 1 Peter 3:15 where we are told to "always be prepared to make a defense [Greek: Apologia]to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you" (ESV). This work helps the Christian defend their faith in the midst of postmodern and often illogical thinking.

An excellent work that I highly recommend for all disciples of Jesus.
 
A five-star resource  Jul 24, 2006
Apologetics seeks to do several things: present the attractiveness of the Christian faith; demonstrate the reasonableness of Christianity; and clear up misconceptions and faulty understandings about Christianity. This task has been going on now for two millennia. As a result there have been a lot of apologists and apologetic methods over the centuries.

Thus the need for a dictionary such as this. It covers in one volume almost all of the main Christian thinkers, philosophers, apologists and writers who have sought to defend the Christian faith. These range from Irenaeus, Augustine and Aquinas, to Lewis, Schaeffer and Guinness.

It also features most of the objections, rivals and criticisms of the faith, be it the problem of evil, Marxism, Islam, the New Age, philosophical naturalism, scientism, nihilism, and much more.

The various schools and methods of apologetics are addressed here (evidentialism, presuppositionalism, etc.), as are the major contemporary issues impacting on the faith, such as postmodernism, information theory and globalization.

All the major apologetics topics are featured here, such as, miracles, the resurrection of Jesus, the arguments for God's existence, science and faith, the problem of suffering, scepticism, competing truth claims, and religious pluralism.

All together there are some 400 short articles covering a wide range of material, from Abelard to Zoroastrianism. Around 200 international experts have penned these articles, most averaging around a page and a half in length. In addition there are five longer introductory articles dealing with issues such as the role of apologetics, types of apologetic systems, and the relationship between apologetics and theology.

In nearly 800 pages most important aspects of apologetics are covered. And each article has a helpful bibliography to take the reader into further study. The only thing comparable to this is the Baker Encyclopedia on Christian Apologetics which appeared in 1999. Interestingly, unlike other volumes in the Baker Encyclopedia series, that volume was penned by just one author, Norman Geisler. While Gesiler has been a leading Christian apologist and author for many decades now, some might argue that a number of experts can more properly do justice to such a wide field of thought than just a single author.

I happen to have a very high regard for the work of Geisler, and if anyone can pull off a single-author dictionary on apologetics, it would be him. But it is good to see Geisler's work supplemented by this important reference work.

If forced to choose between the two, I would just slightly recommend the IVP Dictionary as your first option, but if your book space and budget allows, get both. The job of defending the faith is an on-going task, and the articles in this dictionary make for an excellent starting point for every believer who wants to sharpen his or her own thinking, and more effectively stand up for the faith.
 

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