Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics (audio)

Hovel Audio, 2006
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Overview

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.

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.

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Key Features

  • Defends the rationality of Christianity with support from respected theologians
  • Discusses how to defend and speak about faith in a faithless world
  • Cultivates an understanding of the legitimacy of faith and a desire to speak out in the world

Contents of Print Edition

  • Section I: The Apologetic Task
    • The Task of Apologetics
    • Apologetics and Saving Faith
  • Section II: The Four Essential Principles of Knowledge
    • Introducing the Four Principles
    • The Law of Noncontradiction
    • Contradiction, Paradox, and Mystery
    • The Law of Causality
    • Hume’s Critique of Causality and the Basic Reliability of Sense Perception
    • Logical Positivism and Its Ghosts Today: Analogical Use of Language
  • Section III: Natural Reason and Faith
    • Natural Theology and Science
    • Aquinas Kant
  • Section IV: The Case for God’s Existence: Four Possibilities
    • Illusion
    • Self-Creation
    • Creation by Chance
    • A Self-Existent Being
    • A Self-Existent Universe
  • Section V: God and the Philosophers
    • The God of the Philosophers and the God of the Bible
    • Kant’s Moral Argument
    • The Nihilists
    • The Psychology of Atheism
  • Section VI: The Case for Biblical Authority
    • The Authority of the Bible
    • Jesus’ Teaching about Scripture
    • The Trustworthiness of the Teaching of Jesus
    • The Testimony of the Holy Spirit

Praise for the Audio Edition

Sproul, a fixture in modern Christian apologetics, addresses the superstructure of the apologetical system, dealing with just two questions while laying down the structure that presuppositional apologetics should take. Discussing myriad issues along the way, Sproul gives logical defense to the concept of the existence of a God and to the validity of scripture. But rather than confronting them directly, he builds the case by a masterful exposition of both the apologetic method and the logical fallacies of the unbeliever’s thought system. Tracks are roughly 10 minutes apiece, and Robertson Dean gives an intelligent and intelligible reading, drawing listeners in and keeping their attention while conveying deep philosophical ideas in a way that makes them easy to understand without oversimplification.

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About R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul (1939– ) is a respected teacher, theologian, pastor. He is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries where he serves as executive editor of Tabletalk magazine.

Sproul holds degrees from Westminster College, Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary, Free University of Amsterdam, and Whitefield Theological Seminary. He has taught at several colleges and seminaries including Reformed Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel, in Sanford, Florida. Sproul’s teaching can be heard daily on the ‘Renewing Your Mind’ radio broadcast which plays in over 40 countries.

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