In this stalwart defense of the Christian faith, James E. Taylor offers a balanced and comprehensive treatment of the core apologetic issues facing believers in the twenty-first century. Introducing Apologetics will appeal to college and seminary students as well as anyone who thinks deeply about the rationality and tenability of a Christian worldview.
What distinguishes this work is its tone, which is neither strident nor polemical. Instead, Taylor's arguments are sensitive, winsome, humble, and fair-minded, especially with respect to his treatment of philosophical and religious systems that challenge Christianity. Unique to Taylor's approach is his vision of apologetics as a discipline that should ideally lead to Christian commitment, discipleship, and spiritual transformation.
- Chapter overviews and sidebars that enhance the text
- Each chapter contains an outline, summary as well as reflection and discussion questions.
Praise for the Print Edition
This book is a thoughtful introduction to Christian apologetics that is focused on the needs and interests of students but embodies a deep understanding of the underlying philosophical issues. It is a wise and helpful book.
—C. Stephen Evans, professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University
Apologetics books are notorious for their struggle to find ways to be comprehensive, cutting edge, accessible, and relevant. Those that succeed at some tasks typically fail at others. Introducing Apologetics offers a refreshingly rare balance of these coveted traits. Readers can expect to be treated to the full range of traditional apologetic topics as well as to many that have only recently emerged as important. In addition, Taylor offers the reader sober, practical advice on the extent and limits of apologetics in the life of the Christian and in the Christian's attempt to reason together with non-Christians.
—Michael J. Murray, Professor and chair of Philosophy, Franklin and Marshall College
This is a very significant new text in apologetics. Taylor is so very insightful on so many issues. . . . One will learn much even in those sections where one feels compelled to disagree.
—L. Russ Bush III, Faith & Mission
- Title: Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment
- Author: James E. Taylor
- Publisher: Baker Academic
- Publication Date: 2006
- Pages: 368
About James E. Taylor
James E. Taylor (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He formerly taught at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.