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Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics | [R. C. Sproul]

Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics

In this primer of apologetic thought, Dr. Sproul affirms four logical principles that are necessary for all real discussion and teaches you how to defend your faith in a faithless world. Using the writings of church fathers and philosophers throughout the ages, he uncovers the common ideologies that work against faith.The defense of the faith is not a luxury or an intellectual vanity. It is a task appointed by God that you should be able to give a reason for the hope that is in you as you bear witness before the world.
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There is a widespread belief that reason and faith are incompatible and opposed to each other. Faith is viewed as subjective, emotional, a crutch for those who find the real world too hard. Though many of the world's finest minds hold this view, the Bible teaches that it is the fool who says there is no God.

Dr. R. C. Sproul clearly and simply argues that at its core Christianity is rational. He focuses on defending the basic truth claims for two of the most crucial issues of apologetics: God's existence and the Bible's authority.

In this primer of apologetic thought, Dr. Sproul affirms four logical principles that are necessary for all real discussion and teaches you how to defend your faith in a faithless world. Using the writings of church fathers and philosophers throughout the ages, he uncovers the common ideologies that work against faith.The defense of the faith is not a luxury or an intellectual vanity. It is a task appointed by God that you should be able to give a reason for the hope that is in you as you bear witness before the world.

©2003 R.C. Sproul; (P)2009 christianaudio.com

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    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 07-10-09
    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 07-10-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Enlightening"

    I had expected this book to be a collection of hard hitting arguments from science, archeology, prophecy, etc. for the divinity of the Bible. Instead it was an introduction to defending the faith from an almost purely philosophical perspective.
    At first I was disappointed but as I listened I found myself intrigued with a side of Biblical apology that I had never considered. By the end of the book I was delighted with the purchase. Sproul does an excellent job showing how men think without God and how logic and rational thought will inevitably bring men to the knowledge that there is a God. I think it is one of the most educationally enlightening books I've read. I highly recommend it!

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan Windsor, CO, United States 01-31-12
    Jordan Windsor, CO, United States 01-31-12
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    "This is a wonderful intro to apologetics"
    Where does Defending Your Faith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    R.C. Sproul has a effective understanding of apologetics and it's desperate need in this modern era. This book is a must for any one interested in sharing and defending Biblical Christinity


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11
    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2010

    My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!

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    "Thouroughly enjoyed it."

    This was my first delve into apologetics and R.C Sproul does a wonderful job of making complicated arguments comprehensible. Rob Dean, the narrator, does a great job. If you like apologetics, you'll love this book, I think.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-22-11
    Denise Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-22-11
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    "Too technical"

    This is not a layman's introduction to apologetics. This is a very technical textbook for graduate level philosophy students. At least, that's what it seemed like to me. I am not a stupid person, but I was lost through much of this. This is not the first apologetics book I've read/listened to, but this was the most difficult. I haven't finished it yet and I'm not sure I will. Very advanced and uses highly technical language. I would only recommend this only if you have a firm foundation of philosophy and logic.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael MOSES LAKE, WASHINGTON, United States 09-06-13
    Michael MOSES LAKE, WASHINGTON, United States 09-06-13
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    "Great way to strengthen your faith!"
    If you could sum up Defending Your Faith in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, Motivating, Concrete.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the use of many early theologians and scholarly people are brought into the arena.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    I don't remember much about that.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Though it is a lot of information to process so maybe better to split it up the second time you listen to it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Greensboro, NC, United States 06-21-13
    Jennifer Greensboro, NC, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sloppy and Illogical premises"
    What would have made Defending Your Faith better?

    This book is not about apologetics as the discipline is traditionally conceived. This is a polemic, not a work of philosophy or theology. DO NOT PURCHASE.


    Has Defending Your Faith turned you off from other books in this genre?

    the genre is okay, but this particular one is awful.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robertson Dean’s performances?

    I am unsure.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Defending Your Faith?

    all of it.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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