Thursday, March 25, 2010

On Guard!


"I teach a Sunday school class called “Defenders” to about one hundred people, from high
schoolers to senior adults, at our home church in Atlanta. We talk about what the Bible teaches (Christian doctrine) and about how to defend it (Christian apologetics). Sometimes people who aren’t in our class don’t understand what we do. One fine Southern lady, upon hearing that I teach Christian apologetics, remarked indignantly, “I’ll never apologize for my faith!”

Apologetics Means a Defense

The reason for her misunderstanding is obvious: “Apologetics” sound like “apologize”. But apologetics is not the art of telling somebody you’re sorry that you’re a Christian! Rather apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which means a defense, as in a court of law. Christian apologetics involves making a case for the truth of the Christian faith.

The Bible actually commands us to have such a case ready to give to any unbeliever who wants to know why we believe what we do. Just as the contestants in a fencing match have learned both to parry each attack as well as to go on the offensive themselves, so we must always be “on guard.”"

These are just the beginning words from this amazing book. This book is amazing for me and what it did for finding out ways on how to defend my faith with gentleness and respect. It helped me to answer the following questions:

1. Do you worry that someone will ask you a question about your faith that you can’t answer?
2. Have you tried to learn how to defend your faith but gotten lost in confusing language and theology?
3. Do you struggle with times of spiritual doubt yourself?



I received a complimentary copy of this book, On Guard, Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig, to review for B & B Media Group and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for ways to learn about defending their faith.

You can learn more about this book and where to purchase it by clicking on the links below.
On Guard by William Lane Craig
David C Cook/March 1, 2010/ISBN: 978-1-4347-6488-1/288 pages/softcover/$16.99
www.davidccook.com – www.wiliamlanecraig.com
http://www.davidccook.com/catalog/Detail.cfm?sn=106508&source=search

6 comments:

God's Girl said...

oooo looks like a good book. Our church is going to do the Truth Project in the Fall. I'm looking forward to it!

Love,
Julie

RCUBEs said...

Sounds like a great book. I feel like a lot of Christians [including me] are not that knowledgeable with the Word that when it's time to defend the faith, they are at a loss for words. Peter did reminded us, to be able to defend our faith but without losing our temper!

You're in my mind this morning as I woke up. Prayed for you and know you're on safe Hands. Blessings and love to you sister Kat. Take care of yourself.

Andrea said...

Great review!

Praying for you, sweetie!
Hugs, andrea

Goose Hill Farm said...

I have to admit, there are times when I have been asked a question or tow that I just don't know how to answer.

This book sounds like a book we all should have!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it, Kat!

Blessings~
Laura

BTW.....how are you feeling, my friend?

Divine Mrs D said...

I agree with everything Laura said. By far. I love almost all the books you've been reviewing!!

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing.