Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Forthcoming: Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader

I often shy away from reading books on apologetics, but this one looks like the kind of book on the subject that I would enjoy reading. More than that, I can see this book (and the subsequent volumes) being useful reference tools for many years to come.

Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader (Volume 1, To 1500), edited by William Edgar and K. Scott Oliphint. Wheaton: Crossway Books, Forthcoming, 2009.

WILLIAM EDGAR (DTheol, University of Geneva) is professor of apologetics and coordinator of the apologetics department at Westminster Theological Seminary. His books include Reasons of the Heart, The Face of Truth, and Truth in All Its Glory.

K. SCOTT OLIPHINT (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His books include Things That Cannot Be Shaken, Revelation and Reason, and Reasons for Faith.

Publisher's Description:

An unprecedented anthology of apologetics texts with selections from the first century AD through the Middle Ages. Includes introductory material, timelines, maps, footnotes, and discussion questions.

The apostle Peter tells us always to be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks us to account for our hope as Christians (1 Peter 3:15). While the gospel message remains the same, such arguments will look different from one age to another.

In the midst of a recent revival in the field of apologetics, few things could be more useful than an acquaintance with some of these arguments for the Christian belief through the ages. This first of two proposed volumes features primary source documents from the time of the early church (100-400) and the Middle Ages (400-1500). Featured apologists include Aristides, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, and Thomas Aquinas.

The authors provide a preface to each major historical section, with a timeline and a map, then an introduction to each apologist. Each primary source text is followed by questions for reflection or discussion purposes.

$39.00 Hardcover
Available Sep 30, 2009

: 1581349068 / 9781581349061
: 6 x 9 inches
Pages: 512