The first book on Christian apologetics written by a leading atheist figure that teaches Christians the best and worst arguments for defending their faith against attack. The Christian faith has been vigorously defended with a variety of philosophical, historical, and theological arguments, but many of the arguments used in an earlier age no longer resonate in today's educated West. Where has apologetics gone wrong? What is the best response to the growing challenge presented by scientific discovery and naturalistic thought? Unlike every work on Christian apologetics that has come before, How to Defend the Christian Faith is the first one written by an atheist for Christians. As a former Christian defender who is now a leading atheist thinker, John Loftus answers these questions and more. He tells would-be apologists how to train properly, where to study, what to study, what issues they should concern themselves with, and how poorly the professors who currently train them practice their craft. In the process, he shows listeners why Christian apologists have failed to reach the intelligent nonbeliever. For those Christian apologists who think this book will provide a secret formula to convert the nonbelieving masses, be warned: as an exposé of the present state of Christian apologetics, it can just as easily be used by atheists to refute apologetic arguments. Thus, this book presents both an opportunity and a challenge to Christians: they must either change how apologetics is done, or quit doing apologetics altogether.
©2015 John W. Loftus (P)2016 Pitchstone Publishing
First, a note on the reader: His pace isn't so much quick as it seems rushed. He does read quickly, but more importantly, his words sometimes run together, and he mispronounces big names in both atheism and Christian apologism. Peter Boghossian and Alvin Plantinga come immediately to mind. Hard names, definitely, but a quick Google search is all he needed, especially when they come up multiple times.
I did opt to listen to this audio book at about 85% of full speed. John Loftus writes conversationally, and I found this to be the sweet spot.
The book itself sits in an interesting place. It is an atheist's legitimate attempt at reaching out to help Christians engage in better apologism. The author communicates his own standards of evidence, and explains why satisfying this standard of evidence would be beneficial to both the apologist and the hypothetical atheist with which s/he may engage.
While doing this, the author makes no secret of his own opinion--that religious faith is untenable, but he offers that his straightforward and honest approach will help the honest person of faith get a glimpse into the mind of the person s/he is trying to convert.
I found it to be an interesting approach that seemed to want to facilitate discussion rather than enumerate why people who disagree with him are wrong.
I own all of Loftus' other books, and occasionally read his blog. I view this audio version as a complete waste of money. Not for content, but for performance.
I decided to purchase this in Audible format, and now have to purchase for Kindle, simply because the narration is so poor. I found myself rewinding frequently and cannot finish. The material is not at all difficult to grasp (probably Loftus' most dumbed down), but the narration muddied comprehension.
The narrator's enunciation and rhythm is awful. He splits sentences, ending and beginning them at odd places. He places emphasis in wrong places. He makes clauses sound like questions. You can hear him working it out as he goes. Dreadfully in need of editing.
I would highly recommend staying away from this one. I want a refund, but I think I stuck with it for too long.
"Excellent book ruined by appalling narration"
I would recommend the print or kindle versions very strongly, but not this version.
John Loftus is the best writer on the problems of faith. This book continues his brilliant series.
Absolutely not. This is the worst narrator I have ever heard. The delivery is rushed badly, as if he is trying to get the job done as fast as possible. There is no sense of language in the performance, he could be reading out loud a random string of words. Many of the philosophical points made by the author get lost in the torrent of the delivery. He often stumbles, and mispronounces words and names. This is the worst narration I have heard by far.
Yes, long may Loftus continue, although the horse of faith has already been comprehensively beaten.
Please re-record this book!
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