Intellectuals Don't Need God & Other Modern Myths: Building Bridges to Faith Through Apologetics

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Zondervan, 1993 - Religion - 241 pages

Rethinking Effective Apologetics for the Present Age.

Christians have always had to defend their faith against all kinds of criticism and misunderstandings, but these attacks change overtime, and the strongest arguments of the famous classical apologists who preceded us are not necessarily the strongest today.

Intellectuals Don't Need God is written to today's faithful apologists who are trying to commend Christianity in terms of its relevance to everyday life and not just its inherent rationality. Its focuses are:

  • Understanding and overcoming the barriers of faith in today's culture.
  • Presenting the points of contact between daily life and spiritual longing.
  • Demonstrating the apologetics of today in action.

Theologian and scientist, Dr. Alister McGrath (author of the ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Winning biography of C. S. Lewis) shows convincingly that appeal to reason is only one of many possible bridges between the non-Christian and the gospel. In today's world, cerebral and emotional concerns--such as a sense that life lacks purpose or a deep sense of longing for something unknown--are often more effective starting points for modern apologetics.

Dr. McGrath combines the clarity of a brilliant scientific mind with a deep commitment to Christ and to reaching non-Christians. Intellectuals Don't Need God is for apologists and seekers alike--for both those defending and questioning the validity and value of Christianity.



Creating Openings for Faith
The Theological Foundations of Effective Apologetics
Points of Contact
From Assent to Commitment
Overcoming Barriers to Faith
What Keeps People from Becoming Christians?
Intellectual Barriers to Faith
A Clash of Worldviews
Apologetics in Action
From Textbook to Real Life

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Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McGrath, a longtime professor at Oxford University, now holds the Chair in Science and Religion at Oxford. He is the author of several books on theology and apologetics, including Christianity's Dangerous Idea and Mere Apologetics. He lives in Oxford, England and lectures regularly in the United States.

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