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Humble apologetics : defending the faith today

Author: John G Stackhouse
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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"Is it still possible, in an age of religious and cultural pluralism, to engage in Christian apologetics? How can one urge one's faith on others when such a gesture is typically regarded with suspicion, if not outright resentment?" "In Humble Apologetics John G. Stackhouse brings his wide experience as a historian, philosopher, journalist, and theologian to these important questions and offers surprising - and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John G Stackhouse
ISBN: 9780195307177 0195307178 0195138074 9780195138078
OCLC Number: 50905126
Description: xvii, 262 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part One: Challenges --
Pluralism --
Postmodernity and postmodernism(s) --
The problem of plausibility --
Consumerism --
Part Two: Conversion --
Defining conversion --
Deciding about religion --
Defining, directing, and defending apologetics. Part Three: Communication --
Principles of Christian communication --
Audience-specific apologetics --
Guidelines for apologetic conversation --
Other modes of apologetics --
Conclusion: Humble apologetics.
Responsibility: John G. Stackhouse, Jr.
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