Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World

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Timothy R. Phillips, Dennis L. Okholm
InterVarsity Press, Sep 20, 2009 - Religion
Evangelicals are beginning to provide analyses of our postmodern society, but little has been done to suggest an effective apologetic strategy for reaching a culture that is pluralistic, consumer-oriented, and infatuated with managerial and therapeutic approaches to life. This, then, is the first book to address that vital task. In these pages some of evangelicalism's most stimulating thinkers consider three possible apologetic responses to postmodernity. William Lane Craig argues that traditional evidentialist apologetics remains viable and preferable. Roger Lundin, Nicola Creegan and James Sire find the postmodern critique of Christianity and Western culture more challenging, but reject central features of it. Philip Kenneson, Brian Walsh and J. Richard Middleton, on the other hand, argue that key aspects of postmodernity can be appropriated to defend orthodox Christianity. An essential feature are trenchent chapters by Ronald Clifton Potter, Dennis Hollinger and Douglas Webster considering issues facing the local church in light of postmodernity. The volumes editors and John Stackhouse also add important introductory essays that orient the reader to postmodernity and various apologetic strategies. All this makes for a book indispensable for theologians, a wide range of students and reflective pastors.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
THE PRAGMATICS OF POSTMODERNITY
24
FROM ARCHITECTURE TO ARGUMENT Historic Resources for Christian Apologetics
39
THE APOLOGETICS OF MODERNITY
57
SCHLEIERMACHER AS APOLOGIST Reclaiming the Father of Modern Theology
59
POLITICALLY INCORRECT SALVATION
75
APOLOGETICS BETWEEN MODERNITY AND POSTMODERNITY
99
ON BEING A FOOL FOR CHRIST AND AN IDIOT FOR NOBODY Logocentricity and Postmodernity
101
THE CHURCH IN A POSTMODERN SETTING
171
CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS IN THE AFRICANAMERICAN GRAIN
173
THE CHURCH AS APOLOGETIC A Sociology of Knowledge Perspective
182
EVANGELIZING THE CHURCH
194
Notes
209
Bibliography
230
Name Index
234
Subject Index
235

THE APOLOGETICS OF POSTMODERNTTY
129
FACING THE POSTMODERN SCALPEL Can the Christian Faith Withstand Deconstruction?
131
THERES NO SUCH THING AS OBJECTIVE TRUTH AND ITS A GOOD THING TOO
155
List of Contributors
237
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Until his death in 2000, Phillips (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) was associate professor of historical and systematic theology at Wheaton College, where he was instrumental in starting and organizing the annual Wheaton College Theology Conference. Besides coediting several scholarly books, he was coauthor (with Dennis L. Okholm) of Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity.

Okholm (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) teaches in the department of theology and philosophy at Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University. Previously he was associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and an oblate of a Benedictine monastery (Blue Cloud Abbey, SD). He has coauthored and coedited several books, including two collections of papers presented at the annual Wheaton Theology Conference and Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity (all in partnership with Timothy R. Phillips).

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