Amid the pluralism and secularism of Western culture, Christian apologetics has experienced a renewal of interest. In Apologetics at the Cross, Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen provide an introduction to the field, acquainting students and lay learners with the rich history, biblical foundation, and ongoing relevance of apologetics.
Unique in its approach, Apologetics at the Cross presents the biblical and historical foundations for apologetics, explores various contemporary methods for approaching apologetics, and gives practical guidance in "how to" chapters that feature many real-life illustrations. With their respectful approach, which pays special attention to the attitude and posture of the apologist, Chatraw and Allen equip Christians to engage skeptics with the heart as well as the mind.
Conversational in tone and balanced in approach, Apologetics at the Cross provides a readable introduction to the field of apologetics. Readers will be informed and equipped for engaging a wide range of contemporary challenges with the best in Christian thought.
Joshua Chatraw (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the director for New City Fellows and the Resident Theologian at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. His books include Apologetics at the Cross, Cultural Engagement, Truth in a Culture of Doubt, and Truth Matters. He is a fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians and has served in both pastoral and academic posts during his ministry. Mark D. Allen (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, D.Min. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as the Chair of Liberty University's Biblical and Theological Studies Department and the Director of the Greek Program. His Ph.D. from Notre Dame focused on Christianity and Judaism in antiquity and his dissertation dealt with Old Testament critical scholarship. Mark brings twenty years of church planting and pastoral experience.
Part 1---Introduction Chapter 1---An Invitation to the Practice of Apologetics Chapter 2---An Apologetics of Glory Versus an Apologetics of the Cross Chapter 3---The Pastor as an Apologist: The Need to Recover the Past Chapter 4---The Need for Apologetics: A Lesson from the Trenches Part 2---Approaches: Historical, Contemporary, and Biblical Chapter 5---Where to Begin? A Survey of the Various Approaches Chapter 6---A Way Forward Chapter 7---Getting on with the Task: A Lesson from the Trenches Part 3---Knowing Your Context Chapter 8---The Western World Chapter 9---The Rest of the World Chapter 10---Why Knowing Your Context is Vital: A Lesson from the Trenches Part 4---Apologetics as Loving Your Neighbor: Issues of the Heart and Mind Chapter 11---The Importance of Tone: Loving our Neighbor or Winning an Argument? Chapter 12---Dealing with Defeat Chapter 13---Building a Case Chapter 14---Loving Others Through Apologetics: A Lesson from the Trenches Part 5---More Lesson from the Trenches Chapter 15---A Survey of How to Answers the Most Commonly Asked Questions Chapter 16---Summary and Conclusion