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Overview Presents a humble and relational approach to faith that addresses the questions the emerging generation is asking, encouraging teenagers leaving home for college to take their faith with them. Original.
Many teenagers leave home for college but don't take their faith with them. Popular writer and speaker Sean McDowell offers a solution for this problem: a new way of approaching faith that addresses the questions the emerging generation is asking and that incorporates a radically humble and relational approach.
An impressive list of contributors including Dan Kimball ("They Like Jesus but Not the Church"), Brian Godawa ("Hollywood Worldviews"), and Josh McDowell show that today's apologetics must employ...a clear connection with everyday lifean invitation for people to express their doubts and wrestle with tough questionsa culturally savvy understanding of the way secular people view Christiansan engaging methodology that captures the imagination before engaging the minda strong emphasis on the resurrection and how it changes everything
This resource is imperative for leaders who are ready to engage a new generation with the claims of Christ.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736925201 ISBN13 9780736925204
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More About Sean McDowell & David Kinnaman
Sean McDowell is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University. Sean continues to teach one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, he speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities and conferences.
Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over fifteen books including Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for Marriage, with John Stonestreet and Intelligent Design with William A. Demski. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double Master's Degree in Theology and Philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.
Sean McDowell has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Apologetics For A New Generation?
GREAT must read Feb 13, 2010
Sean McDowell represented on this book! It was GREAT
a must read for every believer
it will motivate your move towards evangelism and educate you in the area of apologetics. I was blessed by Sean and John's collaboration and the viewpoint on Relativism and Lee Strobel's interview and pretty much everything in the book was phenomenal!
Effective Apologetics for A New Generation Oct 14, 2009
Sean McDowell is one of a new generation of Christian apologists. He is the son of the wise and well-traveled writer Josh McDowell. It is not surprising that he produces a book that trains college and high school Christians in defending Christian truth in a winsome manner. He aims to help young people think about the big issues in life as he provides a simple and empathetic friendship-style approach for this age group. Apologetic advice and instruction come from Dan Kimball, Brett Kunkle, Josh McDowell, Brian Godawa, and other famous Christian scholars. The diverse authors work together to assist the reader in becoming an understanding, emotionally attractive, and intelligent witness for Christ. Difficult issues, doubt, and truth are carefully examined. Yes numerous winning answers are given, but the reader is smoothly taught how to think and how to engage the world in an effective and Christi-like approach by cultivating concern and love for the lost.
Jude 3 "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."
The Christian distinction of the Resurrection of Christ is unmistakably declared, analyzed, and defended with a clear and plain emphasis. This is a book that will not only educate young people, but it will move them, as it instills a confidence in the exclusive claims of Jesus Christ. If you desire to be a more capable and understanding witness of biblical truth, I suggest you buy this book.
The Necessary Existence of God: The Proof of Christianity Through Presuppositional Apologetics
A Fresh Outlook Sep 17, 2009
Great book! Perfect for those working or teaching in a Youth/College Ministry, this book gives a fresh outlook on how apologetics can be effectively integrated into our culture today.
With the recent cultural shift often referred to as postmodernism, there is now an increasing presence of relativistic and pluralistic thinking in the minds of our young adults; and due to a lack of apologetical training, they are ill-equipped to defend themselves against the intellectual harassment they are likely to encounter from intelligent students and professors at the university. Our youth groups have focused on entertainment and religious experience over sound thinking for far too long, and the effects are not pretty. That is why, according to a survey done by USA Today and the Barna Group, over 70% of our nation's youth are leaving the church after graduating high school.
Why? Because they aren't being taught good reasons to believe why Christianity is true. Their faith has been stripped of it's intellectual riches, and is nothing more than a subjective and existential "philosophy of life" to many. A philosophy that has no more of an impact in one's life than what color T-shirt they choose to wear on a given day. The desire to fit in and become "open minded" has backfired and left many of our youth "empty minded" instead. The unceasing thirst for solid evidence and sound reasoning that they long for has failed to be quenched, and has left them with a "brain-dead" faith that is likely to be easily abandoned in the face of intellectual and emotional pressure from their more "intelligent" peers. In short, for years parents have sent their kids to church, week after week; thinking that, one day, they will leave the home equipped to stand strong in the faith and change the world for Christ, but in fact the exact opposite has occured - the world has changed them.
With that, apologetics has come roaring back to the front lines, as it is needed now more than ever. Indeed, if we can't effectively communicate to our youth why Christianity is true and teach them how to defend common objections raised against it, then we are at risk of losing our next generation for Christ.
But in order to effectively combat this problem, a plan is needed. A new method to communicate timeless truth to a truthless world. This book, I think, succeeds in doing just that.
Fails Miserably by Established Rules of Apologetics Jul 28, 2009
When the very first word in the title is "Apologetics," and the blurb on the back reveals that the author is the son of a retired old-school Apologist, Josh McDowell, (Evidence that Demands A Verdict) the book must be held to certain minimum standards.
(a) The Apologist doesn't get to invent phony complaints about Christianity. That's called a straw man argument. The Apologist has to defend Christianity against REAL criticism.
(b) There are three obvious reasons to think Christianity is a simple con game.
(1) A man claims he has been appointed by God to deliver a message. The most famous example is Moses carrying the tablets with the Ten Commandments. Any man can CLAIM to be delivering a message from God. That's such an obvious con, it has to go to the top of the list.
Acts 1:6 The disciples asked, "Lord, will you now restore the Kingdom to Israel?" Jesus replied, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has kept in his own authority."
During the life of Jesus, Israel was under the control of the Roman Empire. Every Jew wanted to know when their God was going to restore their political independence. Jesus said, "God will not reveal this knoweldge to such as YOU."
(2) Faking demonic possession. If you live in a society where the spirit world of demons and supernatural entitiesis popular, as it was in 50 AD, how do you FAKE being an exorcist? You send one of your friends into a synagogue ina town like Capernaum. Your friend PRETENDS to be possessed. Right on cue, you enter and your friend shouts something like, "Leave us alone! Why are you following us? We know exactly who you are. You are Jesus of Nazareth, the Holy One of God. Have you come to destroy us?"
After that speech, the entire synagogue might believe the man is possessed and the demon is terrified of Jesus' power.
With a couple of good actors, a scam like this... fools a LOT of fools.
(3) Raising the dead. You announce that one of your friends has died, and before dawn on Thursday morning, he will be resurrected.
Before the sun comes up, Lazarus wraps himself in a burial cloth and hides inside a Tomb. It's dark. Far darker than most modern people have ever experienced. That kind of darkness is scary. At the first light of dawn, they roll away the stone and Lazarus comes out of the tomb.
That's how CON GAMES are done. Those are FACTS. I've seen exorcists (possibly Bob Larson) pull similar stunts on TV.
Unless the Apologist delivers a compelling argument, so that an intelligent skeptical person has a reasonable doubt about the "Raising of Lazarus" being a simple con game, the book FAILS.
Sean McDowell doesn't even try. One star, and it really doesn't deserve that many. In legitimate Apologetics, the author has to defend Christianity against REAL questions, not straw man arguments.
Reply to: Postmoderns want to know whether God exists, the Bible is historically reliable, and belief in Jesus' resurrection is rational.
Exactly. Is it rational to believe that a man was dead, and then came back to life? Unless you know that the Pharisees had been trying to introduce a "general resurrection of the dead" into Judaism for more than a century, and when the Temple was destroyed in 70 Ad, the major opposition vanished.... and suddenly, it became really cool to find a Jewish hero or martyr and say, "He came back from the dead. That proves the world is about to end." The Bible is not historically reliable. All of the accounts of resurrection were added long after the fact. The ones at the end of Matthew weren't added until Peter and Paul were dead, after 70 AD.
Apologetics Tools for Pastors to Postmoderns Jul 27, 2009
How should Christians do apologetics in a postmodern cultural context?
Some Christians that we shouldn't do apologetics at all, for postmodern people are not interested in truth claims. The contributors to this book disagree. They contend that postmoderns are interested in truth claims. They also contend, however, that biblical truth claims must be presented in a culturally relevant manner. In the words of Sean McDowell: "Apologetics for a new generation must be about winning people rather than winning arguments."
Apologetics for a New Generation majors in strategies for winning postmodern people. This does not mean that the book is devoid of apologetic arguments. Several contributors outline arguments that they find intellectually compelling. But the intended readership is not non-believers or spiritual seekers. Rather, it is pastors, evangelists, and lay Christians who desire better tools for answering the questions postmoderns ask.
Those tools include building relationships, engaging in conversation, utilizing storytelling and the arts, being sensitive to the emotional side of apologetic exchanges, and letting the questions postmoderns ask determine the apologetic agenda. Postmoderns want to know whether God exists, the Bible is historically reliable, and belief in Jesus' resurrection is rational. But they also want to know whether Christians are racists, homophobes, and misogynists. These are not questions apologetics training courses have traditionally addressed.
Who will profit from reading this book? Pastors and evangelists, first and foremost--especially pastors who work with high school students or college-and-career young adults. But any Christian who reads this will profit from its emphasis on presenting and defending the gospel in a winsome, intelligent, and creative manner.