REASONS OF THE HEART Recovering Christian Persuasion

Bill Edgar directs us to an apologetic that is many-sided, to meet the needs ofthe vast diversity ofpeople we will likely encounter.
-Dick Keyes of L'Abri Fellowship

William Edgar calls Christians individually and collectively to return to the hard work of apologetics—learning to give a reasonable defense.

That work, he believes, has faltered. Believers have preferred to seek political power or disseminate a one dimensional, onesize-fits-all gospel. At the other extreme, they have abandoned the world to its fate.

To recover Christian persuasion, this new Baker Book House publication looks for a generation willing to communicate a balanced message of heart and mind, apologists who know the answers, understand the needs, and are convinced that the gospel is fresh, surprising good news.

Evangelism proclaims the gospel; apologetics demolishes the arguments and pretensions put up against it “So apologetics is a kind of science,” according to Edgar, “a discipline that develops sound ways of presenting the gospel.”

To establish the basis for this science today, Edgar lays a foundation for apologetics, clarifying its Biblical mandate and showing opportunities and obstacles to its use. He then deals with questions that arise in apologetic discussion and barriers to belief.
Chapters look at the three dominating charges that must be answered in this generation: 1) that Christianity is an illusion;
2) that all religions are the same; and 3) that Christianity doesn't answer the problem of evil. The final section encourages the apologist to give honest answers to honest questions. Recovering Christian persuasion, through reasons of the heart, means adapting the gospel to both technology and need.

William Edgar is professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and holds degrees from Harvard University and at the Universite de Geneve.

Baker Book House ISBN 0-8010-5138-X· 128 pages • $7.99 paperback

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