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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1995 Books of the YearReasonable, concise, witty and wise, Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli have written an informative and valuable guidebook for anyone looking for answers to questions of faith and reason. Topics include: faith and reason the existence of God God's nature how we know God creation and evolution providence and free will miracle Voted one of Christianity Today's 1995 Books of the YearReasonable, concise, witty and wise, Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli have written an informative and valuable guidebook for anyone looking for answers to questions of faith and reason. Topics include: faith and reason the existence of God God's nature how we know God creation and evolution providence and free will miracles the problem of evil the Bible's historical reliability the divinity of Christ the resurrection life after death heaven and hell salvation Christianity and other religions objective truth Whether you are asking the questions yourself or want to respond to others who are, here is the resource you have been waiting for.


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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1995 Books of the YearReasonable, concise, witty and wise, Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli have written an informative and valuable guidebook for anyone looking for answers to questions of faith and reason. Topics include: faith and reason the existence of God God's nature how we know God creation and evolution providence and free will miracle Voted one of Christianity Today's 1995 Books of the YearReasonable, concise, witty and wise, Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli have written an informative and valuable guidebook for anyone looking for answers to questions of faith and reason. Topics include: faith and reason the existence of God God's nature how we know God creation and evolution providence and free will miracles the problem of evil the Bible's historical reliability the divinity of Christ the resurrection life after death heaven and hell salvation Christianity and other religions objective truth Whether you are asking the questions yourself or want to respond to others who are, here is the resource you have been waiting for.

30 review for Handbook of Christian Apologetics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I started out reading this book like a normal book and made it about halfway through doing that. However I realized that it was just a bit to heavy reading to continue that process, especially since it isn't a normal read. It is pretty academic and so for the second half of the book I skimmed the content and read sections that really appealed to me. I think this is a great book for anyone interested in apologetics or studying theology, etc... It will go back on my shelf as an excellent reference I started out reading this book like a normal book and made it about halfway through doing that. However I realized that it was just a bit to heavy reading to continue that process, especially since it isn't a normal read. It is pretty academic and so for the second half of the book I skimmed the content and read sections that really appealed to me. I think this is a great book for anyone interested in apologetics or studying theology, etc... It will go back on my shelf as an excellent reference book to be taken down and read for specific chapters or sections as my studies and/or writing needs. Highly recommended if you are into this sort of thing. It is probably too dull and academic if you are not really into the subject matter.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    My advice to the reader: As with any apologetics piece, this handbook contains theory and philosophy galore. Be prepared to spend some time with it. If you keep an open mind while reading (no matter what "level" of Christian you are) then you will gain a lot of insight from Kreeft and Tacelli's arguments. However, those looking for faults within the arguments will find as many as they want. This does not discount Kreeft and Tacelli's logic, only perhaps their writing style, which at some times i My advice to the reader: As with any apologetics piece, this handbook contains theory and philosophy galore. Be prepared to spend some time with it. If you keep an open mind while reading (no matter what "level" of Christian you are) then you will gain a lot of insight from Kreeft and Tacelli's arguments. However, those looking for faults within the arguments will find as many as they want. This does not discount Kreeft and Tacelli's logic, only perhaps their writing style, which at some times is patronizing and at some times is eye-opening. Catholics and Protestants alike will find the majority of this apologetics handbook useful; only the last chapter deals with the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism. I recommend this for any curious person looking to understand more about the logic of Christianity. I encourage you to accept Kreeft and Tacelli's premises then mull them over on your own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pearlie

    I read this book under our church's Reading Programme 2009, and I am so glad I picked it. It is an excellent compilation of the main topics of Christian apologetics. I find it an excellent read, and amongst the sections that stood out for me was this from the chapter on "The Bible: Myth or History?": "This book is about rational, logical, objective apologetics, not about subjective psychological motivations. But it's important to know what is really going on in the soul of the person to whom apo I read this book under our church's Reading Programme 2009, and I am so glad I picked it. It is an excellent compilation of the main topics of Christian apologetics. I find it an excellent read, and amongst the sections that stood out for me was this from the chapter on "The Bible: Myth or History?": "This book is about rational, logical, objective apologetics, not about subjective psychological motivations. But it's important to know what is really going on in the soul of the person to whom apologetic arguments are addressed, and to know the irrational forces behind unbelief ... all arguments against all the doctrines of Christianity are rationally refutable. Having said that, the most important task remains still undone. Arguments destroy ignorance and irrationality, but the real enemy is sin. Sin can be destroyed only by sanctity, prayer, faith, hope, charity, the blood of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit." (p.203) And I thought this statement so true and creatively constructed: "God did not design the Bible to be a dark puzzle for bright scholars but to be a bright lamp for travelers through a dark world." (p.213) If you need a succinct book that tells you all the major points of Christian Apologetics without going too much into the varied details, this book is for you. It will do well as both an introductory level material as well as a handy reference book on Christian Apologetics. Each chapter comes with quite an extensive list of "Questions for Discussion", and this makes it good for use in a group study. It comes highly recommended -- in fact, a must-have and a must-read for every believer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Ibrahim ♥

    At first I was excited about this book, as well as any other book that falls in the genre of "Christian apologetics". It turns out that this type of books is nothing but Christians cheerleading for one another and far it be from them to actually know how how the atheist or agnostic mind is wired. So often these books are nothing but worn out platitudes. I read through this book and found the "apologetics" argument in it to be so childish in reasoning and all along they still don't know how an at At first I was excited about this book, as well as any other book that falls in the genre of "Christian apologetics". It turns out that this type of books is nothing but Christians cheerleading for one another and far it be from them to actually know how how the atheist or agnostic mind is wired. So often these books are nothing but worn out platitudes. I read through this book and found the "apologetics" argument in it to be so childish in reasoning and all along they still don't know how an atheist mind is really wired. So what's the solution? Read the books that atheists themselves read and write and meet them on their own terms rather than preach to them in a way that makes you appear intellectual.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

    Details the full breadth of Christian Apologetics. Kreeft’s specialty is in this field. Here he lays out the extent of his knowledge. A very logical account that demonstrates the rational coherence of Christian doctrine. Apologetics is Greek for defense. Kreeft outlines in the first chapter the nature of apologetics, then in the next chapters the existence or nature of God. He presents 20 arguments ranging from the five proofs of Aquinas to modern cosmological arguments to arguments from psychol Details the full breadth of Christian Apologetics. Kreeft’s specialty is in this field. Here he lays out the extent of his knowledge. A very logical account that demonstrates the rational coherence of Christian doctrine. Apologetics is Greek for defense. Kreeft outlines in the first chapter the nature of apologetics, then in the next chapters the existence or nature of God. He presents 20 arguments ranging from the five proofs of Aquinas to modern cosmological arguments to arguments from psychology. The cases for and against are presented in systematic fashion. The next sections deal with Cosmology. For instance, the problem of evil, reconciling religion with science, in addition to the theory of evolution, have rigorist treatments here. Then Kreeft examines historical evidence with regard to the key events in Christian history. The Incarnation, or divinity of Christ, the Resurrection or the validity of Biblical history. His conclusions have a degree of fairness. The proofs here lack the substance of the other chapters. The historical complexities are too great to fully embody in just two or three chapters. The final sections examine the last things, Heaven, Hell, Death and Purgatory. Kreeft covers the vast majority of the territory that there is to cover. He presents the pure doctrines with rational clarity so that the faith feels reasonable to the reader who is starting with doubt. In sum, this is an amazing book that deserves close attention for the thoughtful Christian humanist. Kreeft is an excellent scholar for the layman. His philosophical depth is matched in many ways by his Christian faith.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    A book probably meant to be used as a reference, but I will admit I read the whole thing straight through and consider it in my top five favorite books of all time. Given its rather short length relative to its task (defending the major tenets of Christianity against all counterarguments), you will forgive it for giving just an overview of the major substantive points. But it's an excellent overview of both sides of many timeless discussions and can lead to further reading. Well written and as c A book probably meant to be used as a reference, but I will admit I read the whole thing straight through and consider it in my top five favorite books of all time. Given its rather short length relative to its task (defending the major tenets of Christianity against all counterarguments), you will forgive it for giving just an overview of the major substantive points. But it's an excellent overview of both sides of many timeless discussions and can lead to further reading. Well written and as concise as it could be.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Very clearly written. Does a good job of providing arguments that are accessible to someone who's just dipping their toes into Christianity but that aren't dumbed down in a fashion that makes them insulting to someone who's smart and/or someone who's well-versed in Christianity. This is a book I can see myself reading again in order to remember more of the arguments, but at the same time it wasn't so dense that I feel I completely missed the point of what the authors were saying. The authors pre Very clearly written. Does a good job of providing arguments that are accessible to someone who's just dipping their toes into Christianity but that aren't dumbed down in a fashion that makes them insulting to someone who's smart and/or someone who's well-versed in Christianity. This is a book I can see myself reading again in order to remember more of the arguments, but at the same time it wasn't so dense that I feel I completely missed the point of what the authors were saying. The authors present their evidence in a logical, intelligent, readable way, and while sometimes a full chapter was too much to digest in a single sitting, I never felt like I had to stop and sit with my head spinning after just one paragraph in the way I sometimes do with highly academic works of religious scholarship. Definitely recommend for anyone who wants to be honest with themselves about whether or not Christianity is true and what the implications of that truth would be.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Comprehensive, straightforward, convincing. Covers all of the main arguments for the basic elements of Christianity. Exactly what I was looking for and needed at this point in my journey of faith - and I think it could be really great for lots of folks looking to for a scaffolding of concrete, reasonable philosophic arguments to hold up a more emotional, intuitive, or 'born-and-raised' sense of faith.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gene

    This is my 2nd time through this book. It's a very well-written overview of Christian apologetics with a strong emphasis on confronting post-modern doubt about the existence of objective truth of any kind. The presentation is solid without being overly serious. The authors' desire to see others embrace the Christian faith is easy to sense, as is their love for others who are searching or even just thinking about searching for the truth. It's not a book to be read from cover to cover as I did, and This is my 2nd time through this book. It's a very well-written overview of Christian apologetics with a strong emphasis on confronting post-modern doubt about the existence of objective truth of any kind. The presentation is solid without being overly serious. The authors' desire to see others embrace the Christian faith is easy to sense, as is their love for others who are searching or even just thinking about searching for the truth. It's not a book to be read from cover to cover as I did, and they admit that from the outset. It is a very valuable resource to have when someone presents you with a question that they have about the reasonableness of Christianity and you don't have a strong reply ready off-the-cuff. Not only is the logic of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton lingering just below the surface, so it the cleverness and playfulness of these two. It thus makes for an enjoyable read even when the reading is ploughing through some of the deep philosophy involved. I don't expect I'll ever part with this book, unless it were to give it to an inquirer while I ordered a new copy for myself.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tranmer

    According to the scribble in the inside cover, I've owned this book since 1996. since then, I've referenced it several times regarding specific topics, but this is the first time I've read it cover to cover. It works fabulously both ways. Who was it who said that if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough? That. Heavy philosophy, but accessible. I'm a Christian, so I read works on apologetics to strengthen my faith not in search of a conversion experience. I'm surprised According to the scribble in the inside cover, I've owned this book since 1996. since then, I've referenced it several times regarding specific topics, but this is the first time I've read it cover to cover. It works fabulously both ways. Who was it who said that if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough? That. Heavy philosophy, but accessible. I'm a Christian, so I read works on apologetics to strengthen my faith not in search of a conversion experience. I'm surprised just how much this book ministered to my heart while speaking to my mind. Our God is a God of order, reason, logic, beauty. He wants to be known. He wants to be sought. He promises to be found. We can't know everything, but we can know much. He doesn't ask for faith without reason. Reason abounds. The elegance of classical apologetics is is just another way of appreciating how magnificent he is. I'm sure that many critics will say many things, but any true seeker must be moved at least to further seeking by the arguments in this book. It is masterfully done. Concise. The Summa style perfect. It tells you everything you need to know without being unnecessarily pretentious. I found it profound, yet easy to follow. This is one I own in hardcopy for a reason. I'm glad it's on my shelf. It's not the last time I'll pick it up. Highly recommend for anyone who appreciates reason and seeks truth.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah

    If you're an aplologetiphile like I am then this book is that type of book that one looks to read to discover new angles or approaches to arguments; new strategies for dealing with the hard questions; new arguments that can contribute to the older, classical approaches. And in this book there are a ton of arguments, some strong and some weak; but the authors admit that and do a good job showing how a cumulative case for Christianity is well supported with a flood of evidence that isn't found in If you're an aplologetiphile like I am then this book is that type of book that one looks to read to discover new angles or approaches to arguments; new strategies for dealing with the hard questions; new arguments that can contribute to the older, classical approaches. And in this book there are a ton of arguments, some strong and some weak; but the authors admit that and do a good job showing how a cumulative case for Christianity is well supported with a flood of evidence that isn't found in too many books. I waver do between three and four stars with this book because it may be a bit of a bore to some people, but the reader has to understand what type of book it is before the reading starts. It is a Summa-style book (a summary of the arguments) packed in between these pages. The book doesn't read like a list of cold and impersonal facts, but it does compress an argument and distill its core; so the reading is a succint look at many types of approaches and arguments. Kreeft is my favorite Catholic apologist, along with Jimmy Akin, and everything in this book can be agreed to by both denominations.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Victor

    This book reads like a reference book, but it is not a bad book to add to your collection. I do believe that people should be able to offer some logical reasons for some of their beliefs, and this book helps people to do that. Another book that I believe should be taught if you are attending a Catholic school, or if you want to learn about your faith, since you cannot defend your faith without learning about it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    A must read for those who want to become an apologist or for those who wish to understand their faith more fully. This book uses both philosophy and theology to address the fundamentals of the faith, as well as answering the common objections to the faith. Kreeft and Tacelli expect the reader to think, to use reason, and to apply the intellect and will to how they live the faith.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Webster

    I had to read this for my philosophy class this semester. It is a thorough examination of the logical defense of Christianity. To be honest, it was far more logical and analytical than books I care to read, but it absolutely has its place. If you want to examine Christianity from a logical position, check out this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John

    This handbook provides an impressive depth of knowledge about the Christian faith. From the reliability of the New Testament to the question of Jesus' resurrection, this book covers many of the topics so many Christians and skeptics face. I highly recommend it for anyone seeking knowledge about Christianity.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan Snyder

    A great catalog of classical Cosmological, Psychological, and Forensic apologetics. Using it currently as one of the readings in an upper school rhetoric course. This offers a good beginning toward appreciating scholastics like Anselm, Salisbury or Aquinas. Kreeft is an anachronism - and I mean this in the best way.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    If you like philosophy, logic, and reason, you'll enjoy this rather dry study. It presents arguments and answers in an easier-to-read version but same vein as the middle ages scholars like Acquainus.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    Listed by Patrick Madrid in the Reading Plan of Search and Rescue in Phase 2 (Intermediate). ("most comprehensive, most useful, and most irrefutable collection of Catholic apologetics arguments in a single volume in the area of atheism")

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Gorzo

    didn't read all the way through, and kind of shied away when it looked like it was going to talk about "science and God." so i didn't give this book a fair chance, and maybe ill pick it up again later.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erick Hanson

    Philosophy asks questions. Theology answers them. This is the go-to reference book for both common answers and logically sound, 'tried and true' answers. Only for those who ask important questions.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jr

    A good overview of the major arguments for Christianity, however there is a certain arrogance displayed by the authors in contending that it is the nonbelievers who are the irrational ones for not accepting these arguments. Really?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Atchisson

    Great compendium of answers to the most commonly offered questions about Christianity. I read it fron to back, but it can be just as enjoyable one question at a time over a number of years.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christin Smith

    Very thorough and well written

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laine

    This is such a good essential book - it is my second one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    A handy reference on christian apologetics. Covers just about every well known argument you can think of in a very logical and easy to find method.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trae Johnson

    Book was an assigned reading for Classical Apologetics class. The book covers the primary apologetic subjects, and as is typical of Kreeft, the ideas are clearly explained and cleverly expressed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    William Dicks

    A very good introduction to apologetics.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Very well laid-out logical arguments. Love it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Gruber

    Read this! Defend the faith!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    So many arguments. I don't even know where to begin. A very solid defense.

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