Intellectuals Don't Need God and Other Modern Myths: Building Bridges to Faith Through Apologetics

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HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Dec 21, 2010 - Religion - 242 pages
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Intellectuals Don't Need God is for people who are not convinced by the arguments of classical, rationalistic apologetics, for people who feel that Christianity must have a broader appeal that to reason alone if it is to be persuasive to non-Christians. Alister McGrath shows convincingly that reason is only one of many possible points of contact between the non-Christian and the gospel. In today's world, nonrational concerns -- such as a sense that life lacks focus, an unconscious fear of death, a deep sense of longing for something unknown we don’t have but know we need -- are much more effective points of contact for apologetics. In this book, Dr. McGrath (who is both a theologian and a scientist with a Ph.D. in microbiology) combines the clarity of a brilliant scientific mind with a deep commitment to Christ and to reaching non-Christians. Intellectuals Don't Need God is for anyone who has questions about the validity of Christianity as well as for students, pastors, and lay leaders. Anyone who works with students and young people especially needs to read this book. As McGrath says, "apologetics is not about winning arguments -- it is about bringing people to Christ."


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Just a wonderfully intelligent "apologetic" study showing good, sane and sober reasons and reasoning for some basic theistic, biblical, Christian beliefs such as the existence of God and the ... Read full review


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CHAPTER TWO Points of Contact
CHAPTER THREE From Assent to Commitment
CHAPTER FOUR What Keeps People from
CHAPTER FIVE Intellectual Barriers to Faith
CHAPTER SIX A Clash of Worldviews
CHAPTER SEVEN From Textbook to Real Life
APPENDIX A The Point of Contact in Classical Evangelical
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Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McGrath, a longtime professor at Oxford University, now holds the Chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including Christianity’s Dangerous Idea; In the Beginning, and The Twilight of Atheism. He lives in Oxford, England and lectures regularly in the United States.

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