Friday, November 25, 2011

Review of "Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith."

Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary, has written the most comprehensive textbook on apologetics to date with his newest book, Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith. Clocking in at 676 pages, the scope of Christian Apologetics is simply astounding. However, this also works as a double-edged sword. While Groothuis covers many topics, he doesn't cover any one topic with the depth some might one. In other words, what Groothuis has written is a standard introduction to apologetics which argues the case for God.

I like the way Groothius writes. He is clear, conversational and interesting. He covers difficult topics with ease and it is actually a joy to read this text. As one might expect, Groothius leans heavily upon philosophy in his arguments. The author, however, has a unique approach to apologetics in that he doesn't depend on just one method (such as presuppostionalism or evidentialism). I like that--it doesn't box Groothius in and gives the textbook much more diversity.

All in all, there is nothing unique in the content covered in this book. Rather, what is unique is the amount of topics covered in this work. This is the new one-stop textbook on apologetics and I can see it becoming the standard work in the classroom for years to come. Definitely pick up this work if you are in need for an excellent primer on apologetics, written on the seminary level.

*IVP Academic provided me a review copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.*

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