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By David K. Grand Rapids: Baker, , pp. Anyone who desires to do apologetics one-on-one will find much help in this book. Clark has taken the academic discipline of apologetics and brought it into real life by showing how to engage in interpersonal dialogue on apologetic issues. The book has two parts. Part 1 deals with theoretical issues concerning apologetic methodology.

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Clark is a unique and helpful book dealing with the practical application of apologetics. The goal: developing an approach to apologetics that focuses on dialogue, sensitivity, and personal persuasion. What is dialogical apologetics? The author spends a good deal of time defining and unpacking the concept. In part, it is an attempt to fill the areas that are lacking in the practical use of apologetic arguments. Apologetics has traditionally centered on the philosophical to the exclusion of the personal.

Every chapter ends with concise summary points for emphasizing the main ideas. Part One is Foundations for Dialogical Apologetics. Part Two is Strategies for Dialogical Apologetics. First theory, then practice. Clark packs a large amount of content into every page. Chapter one deals with the issue of faith and reason. Clark defines the terms, provides brief historical sketches of how the two have traditionally been related, and then provides a model for how the two should best be related.

Chapter two deals with the foundations of epistemology. Clark provides outlines of various epistemological options, comparing evidentialism, rationalism, reformed epistemology, and others. Clark looks at a number of approaches to science: inductivism, confirmationism, falsificationism, among others.

He shows three main views of the relationship between faith and science: the conflict view, the compartmental view, and the complementary view. Clark also looks at various sources of knowledge. The result of his assessment is a dialogical approach to apologetics: Apologists cannot present a single set of arguments and expect all persons to find them convincing. Practically, this does not happen, and I have tried to suggest theoretically why it does not.

Apologetics, then, should be reconceived. It should not be understood as an attempt to develop a perfect system of assertion and argument that will prove the faith once and for all. Rather, it is a strategy for presenting, in the course of a unique discussion with a particular audience, the sort of case that makes sense to those persons. In other words, apologetics is the reasoned defense of the Christian faith in the context of personal dialogue. Much apologetic practice does follow varied strategies for different persons.

But most apologists do this in spite of their theories. Dialogical apologetics makes a person-oriented stance central to the definition and theory of apologetics. The unique qualities of individuals, not an abstract theory about how all human beings know, guides apologetic practice. Dialogical here means, not just conversation with individuals, but audience sensitivity, a trait that can characterize writing and public speaking as well.

It is person-centered because it stresses the critical personal dynamic of these encounters. Apologetics happens in dialogue, meetings of real people who approach each other with loads of baggage. This luggage — intellectual, attitudinal, cultural, and emotional — is complex and cannot be ignored.

An apologist defends the Christian world view before a jury of real live persons who come to court carrying heavily laden bags. It is this: to present the best case I can for the truth as I see it for the benefit of others. I should not evaluate the success of dialogue only by whether my partners agree in the end.

Chapter six, The Word on Words, examines the use of logical argument, fallacies, the meaning of words, and the importance of understanding presuppositions. Here the author looks at stereotypes and prejudice, cultural relativism, and cross-cultural communication. Clark ends by spelling out a few strategies for communication across cultures. This includes developing a proper set of attitudes, listening carefully, being emotionally sensitive, using evidence, being patient, and inviting a response.

In sum, Dialogical Apologetics , is an important book that goes beyond method and focuses on practice. This book is highly recommended for those studying or active in apologetics and evangelism. Apologetics is a non-profit ministry. You can support our work here.

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Clark is a unique and helpful book dealing with the practical application of apologetics. The goal: developing an approach to apologetics that focuses on dialogue, sensitivity, and personal persuasion. What is dialogical apologetics? The author spends a good deal of time defining and unpacking the concept. In part, it is an attempt to fill the areas that are lacking in the practical use of apologetic arguments. Apologetics has traditionally centered on the philosophical to the exclusion of the personal.

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Apologetics in General I What does Apologetics mean? In the Classical Greek legal systems, two key technical terms were employed: the prosecution delivered the categoria, and the defendant replied with an apologia. The Classical Greek term appears in the Koine i.

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In fact, the last three chapters should be required reading for all Christians, and especially for all apologists. This part of the book sets the foundation for apologetics, discussing the role of truth, reason, and science in faith essentially covering basic epistemology and presents the various Overall, this is a good book. This part of the book sets the foundation for apologetics, discussing the role of truth, reason, and science in faith essentially covering basic epistemology and presents the various apologetic methods. The content is good, but for a book that is supposed to be person-centered, this should have been limited to maybe 20 or 30 pages. The final three chapters of the book finally got into a person-centered approach to apologetics and did so quite well, especially in the final chapter.

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