This collection of 7 apologetics titles published by Kregel provides a great deal of excellent information for defending and sharing your faith. Taken together, these titles touch on a multitude of issues and questions you might encounter when discussing Christianity with others: the reliability of Scripture, the problem of suffering, Bible and science, the existence of absolute truth, prevailing non-Christian worldviews, the nuts and bolts of friendly apologetic discourse, and dozens of tough bioethical issues.
Apologetics is not about "winning" and doesn't have to devolve into a shouting match. Sometimes, we get hot under the collar when feeling threatened by our own lack of knowledge. These apologetics resources are the perfect way to get equipped for a calm, rational discussion instead.
Dan Story received his B. A. in theology from San Diego Bible College and Seminary and his M. A. in Christian apologetics from Simon Greenleaf University. He is the author of Engaging the Closed Minded, Christianity on the Offense, Defending Your Faith and more than fifteen apologetics booklets.
Story summarizes his three books on apologetics as follows:
"My first book, Defending Your Faith, answers the 'tough' questions. It provides responses to the major questions and criticisms unbelievers raise against Christianity. My second book, Christianity on the Offense, examines the other side of the apologetics coin. Instead of 'defensive' apologetics, it presents 'offensive' apologetics. It provides instructions on how to examine and test religious truth-claims. It challenges modern non-Christian worldviews, both religious and secular. This book [Engaging the Closed Mind] is a study on how to apply apologetics effectively as a tool for evangelism. It provides instructions on how to use apologetics data and techniques as an aid to evangelism. It provides practical training on how to shift the 'burden of proof' from believers to unbelievers—where it belongs, since they are the ones entertaining untruths."
Defending Your Faith
Author: Dan Story
Publication Date: 1997
This book answers the most common questions raised by unbelievers and by young people exploring their faith. This book answers the most common questions and issues raised by non-Christians and by young people exploring their own faith or wanting to answer the questions of their skeptical friends. It simplifies scholarly apologetic material without being simplistic. Some of the seventeen questions answered are: How do we know God exists? Why is there evil and suffering in the world? Is God an environmentalist? Why don't Christians practice what they preach?
Whether you want to grow in your own understanding of truth or need trustworthy responses to the questions of friends, Dan Story has the answers. Some of the many questions discussed are:
How do I know that God exists?
Can I trust the Bible?
Why is there evil and suffering in the world?
Is God an environmentalist?
Are the Bible and science in conflict?
Defending Your Faith is designed to help Christians see that Christianity is a reasonable and intelligent faith grounded on objective, verifiable evidence. It will also enable readers to share these answers with family, friends, and coworkers who have questions about Christianity. Dan Story will challenge you to share your faith with others while knowing that you are not alone as you witness for Christ.
It is apologetics that needs no apology."
This may be the most important apologetics book for lay readers since Josh McDowell's Evidence that Demands a Verdict.
—Elliot Miller, Editor-in-Chief, Christian Research Journal
Christianity on the Offense
Author: Dan Story
Publication Date: 1998
What is Truth? In an age of cultural relativism, how does one defend his or her Christian faith? Theologian and Christian apologist Dan Story shows the reader how most arguments against Christianity can be answered by ordinary Christians. Story provides powerful evidence for the uniqueness of Christianity.
Today's relativistic culture says that all paths lead to the same mountaintop, that dozens of religions and secular philosophies are all equally legitimate (or equally fraudulent, depending on the critic). Is there such a thing as absolute truth by which religious truth-claims can be tested? How does a person defend his or her Christian faith as the only path to the "mountaintop"?
Author and Christian apologist Dan Story confirms the validity and necessity of absolute truth and shows the reader that any Christian can learn how to defend his or her faith. By understanding non-Christian worldviews, believers will know how to respond to critical arguments. The author encourages the reader with the fact that Christianity is unique among the world religions. The Christian faith rests on a firm foundation of objective facts that can be tested and verified.
In a society that has become increasingly antagonistic toward those who do not rally around the banner of tolerance, this book will encourage the reader to stand firm in the Christian faith.
Engaging the Closed Minded
Author: Dan Story
Publication Date: 1999
A practical guide for engaging those who profess to be confirmed nonbelievers. The author addresses many of the positions people take and demonstrates how to open up meaningful dialogue and identify the basic obstacles to an honest discussion of faith.
You know them: friends and coworkers, family members you love. They aren't interested in the Bible or Jesus. Period.
Author Dan Story tackles one of the most difficult problems you may ever face in sharing your faith—engaging minds that are tightly closed against the good news of Jesus Christ. Some people may talk about religion—for the sake of a good argument—but they don't really listen to what you are saying with an open mind.
Tough situations like these demand more than good intentions—they require insight into the thinking and attitudes of people who have shut themselves off from the truth. Engaging the Closed Minded not only provides principles that work but shows how to use them in real-life conversations and situations. You will learn:
How to get a fair hearing in discussions
How to respond to misconceptions about Christianity
How to identify obstacles to faith that surface during conversations
How to address non-Christian worldviews and beliefs
How to reason persuasively and logically
How to establish a point of contact as a springboard
Engaging the Closed Minded not only provides principles that work but shows how to use them in real-life conversations and situations.
The seven chapters in this short book are packed with helps for the believer in giving a defense of the faith.
—Douglas M. Cecil, Bibliotheca Sacra
Every Christian serious about evangelism should add this tactical book to their apologetics library. This is one of the best 'how to' apologetics books in print today.
—Dr. Frank Harber, Professor of Evangelism
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Four Titles from the BioBasics Series
Advances in medical technology have blessed many with longer and healthier lives, but they have also provided us with interventions and procedures that call for serious ethical evaluation. The BioBasics Series is committed to an uncompromising respect for human life that will serve as a compass through a maze of challenging questions.
The series is a project of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, an international organization located just north of Chicago, Illinois. The Center endeavors to bring Christian perspectives to bear on many difficult bioethical challenges.
Praise for the Print Editions
As our culture collapses around us, the issues of bioethics lie at the heart of the crisis. And why? Because they address the foundational questions of human nature, and every culture is premised on its own assumptions about what it means to be human.
In this series these extraordinary questions are tackled with due seriousness (they make everyone think) and yet also with accessibility (no one who thinks will be excluded). It is hard to imagine a more important set of questions or a more timely publication.
—Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Trinity International University
These booklets are packed with information and moral insights that will provide needed help to pastors, health care professionals, and teachers seeking direction int he ever-changing world of bioethics. Nothing less than human dignity hangs in the balance.
—Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Culture, and Law
Trinity Graduate School and Trinity Law School
Trinity International University
Basic Questions on End of Life Decisions: How Do We Know What's Right?
Publication Date: 1998
The choices that we make throughout life are products of what we value. And the value we place on human life will determine the way we treat ourselves and other throughout the end-of-life process. Now, more than ever, Christians need to address the crucial questions pertaining to the end of life. Some of the questions answered in this work include:
How do I adequately prepare for the dying process?
Should I consider organ donation?
How can I cope with suffering that God doesn't relieve?
Do I have a right to determine my medical treatment?
If I remove life support, am I responsible for the death?
Basic Questions on Alternative Medicine: What is Good and What is Not?
Publication Date: 1998
People sometimes turn to alternative therapies after a negative or unsatisfying experience with the modern health-care system. This booklet examines various therapies and treatments and evaluates each from a professional and biblical perspective. It serves as a map to help steer people through the maze of alternative medicine so they can make confident choices about health care. Some of the practices examined in this work are:
Basic Questions on Sexuality and Reproductive Technology: When is it Right to Intervene?
Publication Date: 1998
Questions surrounding the issues of sexuality, reproduction, and infertility are some of the most personal and emotionally difficult questions that couples face. A bewildering array of modern technologies, however, challenges our most deeply held traditions concerning childbearing and parenting. Some of the questions answered in this work include:
Is it okay for me to use a donor's egg or sperm?
What about surrogate motherhood?
What are the legal issues with reproductive technology?
Is it okay to use any form of birth control?
What about human cloning?
Basic Questions on Suicide and Euthanasia
Publication Date: 1998
Many in our society champion suicide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia as acceptable answers to intractable physical and emotional problems. There are alternatives to this contemporary "culture of death," however, that uphold the sanctity of human life and seek to meet the problems of fear, pain, and despair with compassion and dignity. Some questions answered in this work include:
How do active and passive euthanasia differ?
Do I have a "right to die"?
Is suicide the unpardonable sin?
Why hasn't Dr. Kevorkian been convicted of a crime?
What should I do if I feel suicidal?
About the Contributors
Linda K. Bevington, M.A., is the Project Manager for the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Bannockburn, Illinois.
Paige C. Cunningham, J.D., has written numerous articles on abortion and the law; she is coauthor of the amicus brief that Justice O'Connor cited in her discussion of viability in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services.
William R. Cutrer, M.D., served for many years as an obstetrician/gynecologist specializing in the treatment of infertility. He is currently serving as the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Director for The Christian Medical and Dental Society.
Timothy J. Demy, Th.M., Th.D., is a military chaplain and coauthor and author of numerous books and articles. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.
John F. Kilner, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Bannockburn, Illinois. He is also Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture at Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois.
Donal P. O'Mathuna, Ph.D., is Associate Professor or Medical Ethics and Chemistry at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Columbus, Ohio.
Gary P. Stewart, Th.M., D.Min., is a military chaplain and coauthor of numerous books and articles. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.