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Giveaway – No God But One (Nabeel Qureshi)

NGB1No God But One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam & Christianity is Nabeel Qureshi’s follow-up to his NYT Bestseller Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. Qureshi contrasts these two books by describing Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus as the heart of the story and No God But One the mind of his story; whereas the former is largely a testimony, the latter is a tremendous apologetic resource. No God But One is a fantastic book to help Christians understand the core tenets of Islam and the foundational differences between Islam and Christianity. As such, it’s both a must-read for Christians  seeking to grow in their understanding of Islam and their ability to engage their Muslim friends in spiritual conversation, as well as for Muslims who are questioning their faith and asking questions about Christianity.

As a former Muslim, Qureshi has a rare insider’s perspective. As an apologist on the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries speaking team and a New Testament Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University, he is well-equipped with first-rate training on the subject matters pertinent to No God But One. These two factors combine to make the book a superb resource on the differences between Islam and Christianity. The arguments are robustly defended and winsomely presented, and Qureshi’s passion for the gospel and for his kinsmen according to the flesh to come to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is pervasive throughout the book. This really is a book that every Christian with a passion for evangelism/apologetics should read, but especially those with a burden to see Muslims come to faith.

Zondervan and the No God But One publicity team have sent me a number of copies to give away, and I’m excited to give away three copies on my blog. Instead of running one giveaway and selecting three winners, I’m going to run three separate giveaways in succession. Whenever I post announcing a winner, that post will also be the way to enter the subsequent giveaway. I will also post a full review with the last giveaway.

The book officially releases on August 30. Check out the website for an overview about the book, quotes, a video, as well as some sweet preorder offers.

Giveaway Details:

***Giveaway is now closed and winners will be announced shortly.

Each of the following gets an entry, just comment saying you did it (comment separately for each method for them to count as separate entries). This first giveaway will close this Friday at noon EST, at which time I will choose a winner from the comments using a random number generator. Giveaway open to residents of the contiguous US.

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Thanks to Zondervan for the Advance Reader Copy and giveaway copies!

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Fool’s Talk (Os Guiness)

Today’s post is a guest review by Nate Pickowicz, planter/pastor of Harvest Bible Church in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter and check out more of his writing at Entreating Favor.

Os Guiness. Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014. 270 pp. $22.00.

Fool's TalkBeing relatively unfamiliar with Os Guinness’ work, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but very quickly, I came to realize that he has established himself as an authority in the area of philosophy and Christian apologetics. Early on, he admits that Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion is the culmination of many decades of work, and it shows. Frankly, I was overwhelmed and astounded with the breadth of his knowledge and his ability to size up cultural phenomena and see issues as they really are.

At the forefront, Guinness clearly states the problem and the point of the book: “We have lost the art of Christian persuasion and we must recover it.” (p. 17) Further, he cites the recent problem where “apologetics has lost touch with evangelism” (p. 18) and argues that they must be merged; the goal is not to win arguments, but people.

Guinness puts forth twelve chapters, each with a distinct aspect of the problem coupled with solutions. In truth, each chapter felt like it could have been expanded into its own book. His solutions were often multi-faceted and simply cannot be boiled down to a step-process; he argues that it is more of a methodological artform (pp. 33-38).

As an apologist, Guinness argues against the popular dismissal of apologetics by Christians today, who themselves would argue against apologetics and for evangelism alone. He addresses the charge head-on and he’s convincing, noting that we need to be able to defend what we believe (pp. 49-51).

For the majority of the book, I tracked with Guinness. Even though there were aspects of his theology I found troubling, his insights into culture, atheism, and the need for defending the faith was incredibly helpful. In fact, his teaching on “The Way of the Third Fool” in chapter 4 was brilliant!

Toward the end, however, it became clear that something was wrong; two things, actually:

First, Guinness never deals with the gospel, nor the need for Jesus Christ. His assessment is that every person is leading an unfulfilled, unexamined life (p. 232) and must ultimately come to a place of realization that he/she must find “a better answer” (p. 237). Guinness places the responsibility for salvation squarely on the shoulders of what he calls “the seeker” (p. 231). He writes, “Everything depends on the invitation and challenge to the searcher to start moving.” (p. 232) He even seems to present Christianity as one option of many—a menu of religions—and our job is to help them make an informed choice to follow Jesus.

But Guinness never directly deals with the gospel, other than to note the term sporadically. He uses gospel-like language (he repeatedly refers to “the incarnation, the cross and the Holy Spirit” (185) but does not explain it) but never addresses why a person needs Jesus Christ. He’s fond of talking about the faith “journey”, noting that at the point of belief,

The journey changes. It is no longer a journey toward meaning. Instead, the journey itself is made into the meaning. Better to travel hopefully, it is said, than to arrive. The search is its own reward. The search for meaning becomes the meaning of the search, and the search goes on and on without end.” (p. 250)

And so, the goal of the Christian life is the search for meaning, which never ends?! He says nothing about the holiness of God, the righteous standard of God, the law of God, the Fall, the sinfulness of man, the need for an atoning sacrifice, the wages of sin being death, or of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross! Apart from a brief few paragraphs on the notion of repentance (43), Guinness is silent with regards to the need for sinners to repent or else suffer judgment.

I humbly ask: What good is a book about apologetics if the gospel is never defined or explained? In Fool’s Talk, the Christian faith is reduced to a mere moralistic spiritual journey by which “seekers” find a greater meaning to life.

This leads to the second major problem: Guinness’ definition of “Christian” is too broad. Certainly, one cannot judge the inner contents of the heart of another, but the parameters by which we mark out the Christian faith must never be wider than what the Bible defines (cf. Matt 7:13-23; 1 Cor. 15:3-4).

Guinness makes frequent references to Christian believers throughout his book, but frankly, I was shocked at who he included on his list. For example, he writes

The Christian faith has always been a distinguished line of brilliant, creative persuaders, such as Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Swift, Soren Kierkegaard, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis ad Malcom Muggeridge.” (p. 178)

In another place, Guinness fawns adoringly over the “moral courage” of Pope John Paul II (p. 204), even juxtaposing him positively against other errant Protestant, Catholic, and evangelical groups (p. 210).

But, Sayers? Kierkegaard? Pope John Paul? These are Guinness’ examples of faithful Christians? It has yet to be seen if many of the believers on his list affirm the biblical gospel. Oddly enough, he singles out D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as an “attack[er] of apologetics” (p. 214); no other mention is given to him or any other Conservative Protestant believer. In fact, Guinness loads up his book with quotes and anecdotes from philosophers, yet cites only 45 New Testament Scriptures in 270 pages!

What is perhaps the most painfully ironic bit is that Os Guinness titles his book Fool’s Talk—a reference to God speaking through Balaam’s ass (p. 60). However, I cannot help but think of 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. The apostle Paul calls Christians “fools” because the truth of the gospel is unfathomable to the deceived and unbelieving world. And to profess “nothing… except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (2:2) is perhaps the most boisterous foolishness.

However, Guinness abdicates his responsibility as a Christian apologist to declare the “foolish” truths of God—that humankind has sinned against a holy God (Rom 3:23) and that the wages of that sin is eternal death (Rom 6:23); that sin is undeniable and must be confessed to be forgiven (1 John 1:8-10), and that true confession of sin and belief in Christ lead to salvation (Rom 10:9-10); that apart from trusting in Christ alone, no one will see the Father (John 14:6; Eph 2:8-9); that unbelievers will be judged (2 Thes 1:7-10), but God’s wrath is satisfied because of Christ’s propitiatory and substitutionary death on the cross (Rom 3:25; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb 2:17; 1 John 2:2). Guinness doesn’t even hint at any of this.

In the end, Fool’s Talk does not represent “the foolishness of God” displayed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It presents a gospel that says that people can choose to follow Jesus merely as a way of life, and by doing so may find true meaning. He writes,

When people take that step of committed faith and set out with us to be followers of Jesus, our task as Christian advocates is over, and from then on they join us as sisters and brothers on the long way home.” (p. 252)

But up to this point, no semblance of the gospel has been given. In fact, Guinness’ gospel is one that swings the gate open so wide, every person in history who claims the name of Jesus is labeled “Christian” regardless of how actively they have undermined the authority of Scripture or mocked Jesus Christ.

But this is not the gospel of Christ or the apostles or the Scriptures, nor is it a gospel worth defending.

Thanks to IVP Academic for the review copy!

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The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (Michael Licona)

Michael R. Licona. The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2010. 718 pp. $45.00.

resurrection liconaThe bodily resurrection of Jesus is a foundational tenet of the Christian faith. As such, it’s frequently addressed in apologetics books. In the biblical studies guild this topic also receives an enormous amount of attention, being considered the “prize puzzle of NT studies.” With approximately 3,400 scholarly journal articles and books on the topic of the historicity of the resurrection from 1975-2010 alone (19), can a new tome on the topic really contribute anything new? Indeed, it can. In The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach Michael Licona has accomplished something rather remarkable and largely unprecedented by providing a rigorous examination of the approach taken by historians outside of the biblical studies guild and then applying the methodology to an examination of the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. The result is a historiographical examination that is impressively expansive and rigorous on any count, but especially noteworthy and possibly unprecedented on a biblical subject.

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Book Review – Urban Apologetics: Why the Gospel is Good News for the City (Christopher Brooks)

Christopher W. Brooks. Urban Apologetics: Why the Gospel is Good News for the City. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic, 2014. 176 pp. $16.99.

Urban ApologeticsI have had a passion for apologetics for as long as I’ve been a Christian; this is probably mainly due to the fact that I was a staunch atheist my whole life prior to the Lord radically saving me during my undergraduate studies. I had to wrestle immediately with all the intellectual problems I had personally had with theism in general and Christianity specifically, and coupled with my immediate passion for evangelism, I soon found that my own inquiries were very helpful for my witnessing relationships. I didn’t realize at the time that this is because I was in a highly intellectual environment (which had been my general context my whole life). I know how to navigate conversations with explicitly non/anti-Christian people who bring up the expected objections concerning cosmology, the veracity of Scripture, the deity of Christ, etc…but how do you do evangelism in a context in which most profess to be Christian, where intellectual/philosophical objections are generally absent but a whole host of Lordship issues are present that have you wondering whether someone’s really “saved”?

Given this background, I’m sure it’s entirely obvious why I gravitated toward this new book, Urban Apologetics. Every book I’ve ever read on apologetics, every lecture I’ve ever heard on the topic, every conversation I’ve had on apologetics has had an academic bent, addressing the defense of the Christian faith from classical, evidential, and presuppositional perspectives. Urban Apologetics is entirely unique, as Carl F. Ellis Jr. notes in the foreword: “Traditional apologetics has largely remained silent on many forms of controversy and unbelief associated with contemporary realities of the ‘hood.’ Urban Apologetics is a welcome contribution to filling this gap” (8). Christopher Brooks wrote this book to debunk the myth that there’s no audience for urban apologetics  and no space for urban apologists in the conversation, and to “bring about a greater connection between urban Christians and those who do the work of apologetics and theology” (15). He wrote this book both for urban Christians desiring to evangelize their own communities, and those outside that culture who desire to reach inner cities with the gospel.

For those of us who are entirely foreign to life in the inner city and the unique challenges and objections to Christianity therein, the following is very illuminating:

Certainly, there is a need for Christians who are trained in the academic disciplines of theology, archeology, and textual criticism, but the vast majority of situations one encounters in urban ministry settings have to do with the moral reservations many struggle with concerning their faith. In the inner city, there is a collective heart cry that questions if God is just and if He can be trusted. There is also the brute utilitarian skepticism that questions the viability and workability of Christian ethics. Simply put, many have come to the harsh conclusion that if it doesn’t work, then no matter how smart and systematic our answers are, they are a waste of time. This means the message urban apologists present to their audiences must be biblical, relevant, and workable.

(Brooks 21)

Urban Apologetics proceeds to give an introduction to several issues in the context of the inner city: ethics, abortion, sexuality, family, religious pluralism, and social justice. Brooks illuminates the situation in the inner city, provides a biblical view of the issue, and gives suggestions for engaging the issue in an inner-city context. While the issues highlighted are more prevalent in the inner city, they are generally relevant everywhere in our culture. Therefore, while this book is especially helpful for those seeking insight into how to connect with people for the sake of the gospel the inner city, it’s enlightening for all as a primer on the cultural/ethical issues of our day.

My only quibble with this book actually has to do with the title, and maybe this is just because of my cultural background (intellectual, “white suburbia”) and the issues I’ve always associated with apologetics. While I think all the insight and issues addressed in this book are helpful, I see them as issues of biblical ethics and worldview, not apologetics. I firmly believe in the importance of the social/cultural issues highlighted in Urban Apologetics and the need for Christians to be able to speak biblically and convincingly on these issues, engaging not just the mind but also the heart. I believe all the issues addressed can and should be connected to the gospel. However, I just think that labeling the book with “apologetics” is misleading because issues of sanctity of life, sexuality, etc. are discipleship issues for Christians, not barriers you have to get over in order to share the gospel with someone (this is ignoring the dimension of cultural engagement and only speaking from the perspective of apologetics and evangelism. this is also not saying that these cultural/ethical issues should be ignored if they come up in evangelism). Apologetics should exist for the purpose of evangelism, and a biblical ethic/worldview cannot be formed before someone is born again and indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

Again, I think this book is very helpful for Christians who are familiar with traditional apologetics but are looking for an introduction to addressing the cultural/social issues of our day, and especially for those looking for a window into the inner city. I also recognize that perhaps my discomfort with labeling this book and these issues with “apologetic” has to do with my personal tradition and convictions in the area of apologetics and theology. For those who disagree with me, please know that my heart is to keep the main thing the main thing, and for the gospel to not be lost in our apologetic endeavors. Then again, traditional apologetics has this problem too; you can talk theodicy theoretically until you’re blue in the face, and never actually share the gospel and call someone to repentance. So in the end, may our goal in all our apologetic endeavors be for the sake of the “simplicity” of declaring the gospel, for faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of Christ.

Thanks to Kregel Academic for providing a copy of this book for an honest review!

Purchase: Amazon

 

Book Review: The Wrong Jesus (Greg Monette)

Greg Monette. The Wrong Jesus: Fact, Belief, Legend, Truth…Making sense of What You’ve Heard. Carol Stream, IL: NavPress 2014. 288 pp. $14.99.

wrong jesusJesus has been a hot topic this year, with the release of Ehrman and Bird et al.’s dueling Christology books this past March bringing about a flurry of blog debates on matters pertaining to historical Jesus and early Christology. All the interaction I’ve seen with the two books have come from academic-types. When the assertions of Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God become popularized among the masses (as is typical with his trade books which have a tendency of become NYT bestsellers), how will the average person in the pew be able to separate truth from error? How can they be equipped to offer a historically responsible rejoinder to the attacks on Christology? Greg Monette’s The Wrong Jesus is a very accessible introduction to the historical Jesus that both addresses perennial apologetics issues in relation to Jesus as well as tackles some of the topics that have come into the spotlight as a result of Ehrman’s latest book.

Monette begins by sharing  a little of his own story of growing up in a devout Christian home and almost losing his faith in college when he took what he thought would be easy courses related to Jesus and the New Testament. I had a similar experience, where I excitedly signed up for a Christian origins and New Testament course at my secular university months after becoming a Christian. Little did I know that everything I was just starting to believe about Jesus and the Bible was going to be challenged week in and week out.

This book was written to help you have an honest and secure foundation in Jesus of Nazareth and understand how taking the time to rethink what you know about him can literally change your life as you discover where faith and history collide. I’m convinced that by doing this, you’ll avoid creating (and keeping) a portrait of the wrong Jesus and instead will have a healthy view of the real Jesus – a portrait that stands up under historical scrutiny and discovery.

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Book Review – From God to Us (Norman Geisler and William Nix)

Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix. From God to Us: How We Got Our Bible. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2012. 416 pp. $21.99.

From God to UsWhen I first became a Christian, the first thing I investigated was the historical validity of the Bible. As an atheist, I had always seen the Christian Bible (and the sacred texts of all religions, for that matter) as akin to a novel, or to Greek mythology – an anthology of fictional tales. But now, if the Bible was going to be the foundation of all my beliefs and the guide to all my actions, I needed to be convinced of its historical reliability. I don’t know how common my former view of the Bible is among atheists is, but what I do know is that many feel that the 66 books we currently have in our Bible was just chosen by a council of bishops in the 4th century to suite their own agenda; that through thousands of years of translation and transmission, what we have now is nothing like what was originally written down (akin to the game of “telephone”).

Christians and non-Christians alike have many questions about the Bible. A robust understanding of the supernatural inspiration and historical reliability of the Bible will strengthen the Christian’s own faith as well as help us answer the prevalent attacks against its credibility. From God to Us is an excellent resource for this endeavor. Comprising 21 chapters organized into four parts (inspiration, canonization, transmission, and translation), this book provides a very comprehensive look at the Bible, addressing in one volume topics that are usually only addressed separately.

Much of the material in part 1 is usually covered in the doctrine of Scripture section of a systematic theology; the end starts getting into apologetics, and part 2 continues with information about the Bible in an apologetics book; the information in part 3 is usually not presented at a popular level and is a great introduction to textual criticism for the layman; and much of the material in Part 4 is not usually covered in popular-level books either (although there are many books that address modern English translations and helps one choose an English Bible). In other words, you typically have to read five books in order to get the breadth that this one book covers concerning the Bible.

There’s a bit of repetition amongst the chapters and quite a bit of summarizing. I personally did not enjoy this, but I can see how this might benefit some readers since it is a longer book that does get a bit technical. There were also a few places where I felt the authors made a leap in logic and a few minor points here and there where I was unconvinced by the arguments. But overall this is a very strong book. I think this is a book every Christian should own, especially if you’re passionate about apologetics and/or you want to know more about the Bible’s origin, history, and development. Some might struggle to read through the whole book cover-to-cover. But it is well worth it, because you will finish the book with a greater confidence in the Bible as the authoritative, inspired, historically credible Word of God. You won’t waver in the midst of the attacks on the credibility of the Bible, and you will be equipped to defend it. This book would probably also serve as a good reference book for those who do not wish to read it straight through.

Purchase: Amazon

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Book Review – Truth Matters (Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock, & Josh Chatraw)

Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock, and Josh Chatraw. Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic,2014. 208 pp. $12.99.

Introduction
truthMany, many years ago, just months after I became a Christian, I took a Christian Origins and New Testament course at my undergraduate institution, Case Western Reserve University. I was ecstatic that my secular university was offering a course related to my newfound faith; little did I know that what awaited me was going to attack everything I was just starting to believe in. As I reflected on this years later, I was profoundly grateful to the Lord for preserving my faith, for veterans in the faith had abandoned biblical Christianity as a result of this course. The Lord is truly amazing, for not only did He preserve my faith through that course, but He also used it to stir within me a great appetite and hunger for academic study of the Bible and theology.

Anyway, one of the texts we used in that course was a book by Bart Ehrman – New Testament professor, New York Times bestselling author, and one of the most influential voices attacking the Christian faith and the veracity of its foundational truth claims. Just how influential is Bart Ehrman? Well, at the inaugural Cross Conference this past December I got to see just how staggering his influence among Christian college students is. I attended a “Deck” session on apologetics issues with the legendary Darrell Bock, who started the session with a little survey. The result: all of the students who had taken a course related to the New Testament or Christian origins at a secular university used a book by Ehrman in the course.

Prior to that session it had been announced that the first 300 to arrive would receive a free advanced copy of a forthcoming book by Darrell Bock, Andreas Kostenberger, and Josh Chatraw called Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World. Kostenberger is one of my favorite New Testament scholars and Darrell Bock ranks pretty high on my list as well, so I sprinted to that session and got myself the free book.

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Book Review: Magnificent Obsession (David Robertson)

David Robertson. Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus Is Great. Christian Focus Publications, 2014. 240 pp. $14.99.

magnificent obsessionIn 2007, David Robertson wrote a response to Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion entitled The Dawkins Letters. Robertson’s latestbook Magnificent Obsession began as a response to the late Christopher Hitchens’s book God is Not Great, but morphed into something more. “It is really my answer to the question I was asked by the leader of an atheist society at a Scottish university: ‘Okay, I admit you have destroyed my atheism, but what do you believe?’” (13) Robertson writes that he can give many reasons why he is a theist, but only one as to why he is a Christian: it is because of Jesus Christ. This book was written for the “seeker” – a non-Christian who is open to the possibility of the tenets of Christianity being true and searching for ultimate truth. Structured in the format of ten letters written to a hypothetical seeker named “J”, this book seeks to challenge the assumption that there is insufficient evidence for God as well as to show why God/Christ is great. “J” is a conflation of people Robertson has chatted/corresponded with about these matter, and every question addressed is one Robertson has received from a real person.

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Book Review: The New Answers Book 4

Ken Ham ed. The New Answers Book 4. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2013. 414 pp. $14.99.

answersYoung Earth Creationism is growing increasingly unpopular; it’s not just derided as foolish by non-Christians, but by many Christians as well. According to Ken Ham in the introduction of this new book from Master Books (a division of New Leaf Publishing). many Christians (and especially Christian leaders) are playing right into the hands of the atheists. Ham notes a professed atheist who seeks to recruit religious people to help her atheist group by finding common ground with them and allying with them to promote the understanding of evolution. Satan is working “from within the Church to lead generations of people away from the truth of God’s Word and the gospel” (11). This might seem overly dramatic at first, but it is true; we can already see the progression down the slippery slope from compromising on the foundations of the creation account in Genesis – from “Christian leaders” denying the reality of hell to those denying an historical Adam. What’s next? Original sin? The Virgin birth? Bodily resurrection? We need to be equipped to answer objections to YEC, not just to those outside of the church but even to our brethren within. And this book is a fantastic resource to this end.

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Book Review: Covenantal Apologetics (K. Scott Oliphint)

K. Scott Oliphint. Covenantal Apologetics: Principles & Practice in Defense of Our Faith. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. 288 pp. $19.99

Introduction
cov apI’ve been an apologist for almost as long as I’ve been a Christian (informally, of course; and unknowingly at first). You see, I had been an atheist my entire life up until March 30, 2005 when the Lord sovereignly saved me and transformed me into a “Jesus freak” through one encounter. I almost immediately began to search and read and think arduously about the foundational truth claims of theism in general and Christianity in particular; my mind needed a lot of convincing and renewing. In the process, I found that my personal research sometimes proved very helpful in evangelism. Of course, there were also times when I grew increasingly frustrated when the non-Christian remained unconvinced and the conversation seemingly went nowhere.

Fast forward a few years, and I had become a card-carrying Calvinist (that’s another story for another time); and you can’t be Reformed for long without encountering Van Tillian presuppositional apologetics. And that was when I realized that I hadn’t been “doing apologetics”, but that I had been doing classical and evidential apologetics. So, of course, I got a book on presuppositional apologetics; but I was left unconvinced. The method to me seemed circular in theory and untenable in practice, and so I continued in my classical/evidential apologetic ways. But the issue kept gnawing at me; I felt like a “bad Calvinist” for not being presuppositional (because I started to realize that, contra the other methods, this is the one in line with Reformed theology), and so I had it in the back of my mind to give it another chance. And that was when K. Scott Oliphint‘s Covenantal Apologetics arrived on the scene.

In this book Oliphint lays out a  presuppositional approach to apologetics with language, terms, and concepts that are more accessible and translates “much of what is meant in Van Til’s own writings from their often philosophical and technical contexts to a more basic biblical and theological context” (26, emphasis original). He makes the case for replacing the label “presuppositional” with “covenantal” and also moves beyond principle to practice by providing many sample dialogues and explaining the principles in action.

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