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Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion [Paperback]

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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 23, 2003
Publisher   P & R Publishing
ISBN  0875525954  
EAN  9780875525952  

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Prepares us to explain the gospel in ways that reach the entire person. These biblical strategies address ways of knowing that exceed a dry rationalism.

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contentsIntroduction: The Credibility Gap Part One: Foundations1. Today's Unusual Opportunity2. Beyond Cheap Impact3. Apostolic Apology4. The Larger Biblical Mandate5. A Rich PalettePart Two: Conversations6. Initial Barriers7. Beyond Belief8. One Way? No Way?9. The Great Outrage10. Faith on Its Way to Assurance

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Wonderful book for Christian Apologetics  Mar 25, 2007
Thank God to give us this wonderful book which provide effective way to apologize for Christian belief base on solid bible theology.
Brief but well-rounded apology for apologetics  Aug 20, 2004
Let's face it; Christian apologetics suffers from an image problem. Standing to the right are numbers of people who still think of apologetics as somehow calling them to apologize for their faith. Standing over to the left are those who view apologetics as condoning belligerence and sanctioning conversion by rhetorical force. One side smells compromise and fears the loss of clarity and boldness. The other senses presumptuousness and worries that compassion and sensitivity will be lost in the fray. Only a careful presentation is likely to subvert such opinions and secure a more sympathetic hearing for apologetics. Apologists rejoice! Edgar's Reasons of the Heart is such a presentation.

In this brief but well-rounded apology for apologetics, Edgar describes both obstacles and opportunities related to the recovery of Christian apologetics today. Edgar also lays the biblical foundations for apologetics and leads us in the practice of apologetics by addressing a number of barriers to belief. Further, by centering his discussion on Pascal's dictum that "we know the truth not only through our reason but also through our heart" Edgar manages to promote an apologetic that is clear and compelling yet at the same time inviting and flexible. Accessible, astute and best of all reinvigorating, this is a valuable contribution that should help many rethink the practice and nature of apologetics. From Sunday school to the seminary class room; this is a versatile primer for any level.
The best intro-level apologetic I've seen yet  Sep 2, 2003
I picked up Reasons of the Heart out of curiosity to see what is Edgar's approach to apologetics. I was happily surprised at the quality of this short book! He manages to cover a lot of ground in very little space -- the text of the book is just a little over 100 pages, plus appendices, indexes, etc. Yet it digs deeper than its size would indicate, asking the right intro-level questions and interacting fairly with many other theologies and philosophies. Edgar's writing is very concise and readable, making this book very useful for anyone from high school to graduate students, laymen and pastors alike. I heartily recommend it as a first look at apologetics and believe it will challenge the thinking and whet the apologetic appetite of any Christian.
Good, but ultimately unsatisfying  Jun 11, 2000
This is a pretty good book for a couple of reasons:

First, it interacts with the contemporary philosophical environment but without being tedious and difficult to understand.

Second, Edgar realizes that apologetics is both God-centered and audience-oriented, which allows him to avoid being caught in either a presuppositionalist or evidentialist foundationalist fantasy land of certitude.

However, I think that this book's strengths are also weaknesses in a way. While apologetics should be audience-determined in methodology, it should not be so in content. And Edgar, especially in the section on the problem of evil, seems to give up too much ground to unbelief. While he rejects the free-will defense normally used to combat the problem of evil, he leaves us with no other place to stand!

If you can't offer a plausible solution to the problem of evil, why even start doing apologetics?

apologetics without being stuck in rationalism  Jan 7, 2000
A concise primer on apologetics that does not focus on rationalism or evidentialism. Instead, Edgar starts with Pascal's famous quote, "We know the truth not only through our reason but also through our heart... The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing." He begins with the reasons for apologetics and reaches back into the Old Testament even (usually overlooked, in my opinion) to build a case for apologetics as being part of the whole Christian life. He sees much hope in the postmodern condition where others see fear. He continues with opportunities for a whole life apologetic often missed by otherwise-attentive Christians: emotions like joy and fear, the sadness and misery of death, actions such as hospitality and integrity. These are all in his first part, titled 'Foundations' which he follows with 'Conversations.' Here, he doesn't neglect to deal with the barriers to conversation: the problem of evil, the scandal of particularity, etc. Throughout, Edgar writes faithfully from his Pascalian premise and quite well. His perspective is very Reformed, but not so much that someone from the other end of the pen (like myself) could not be amply rewarded by reading. Seems to me he is very strong at combining Pascal's attention to other-than-rationality with Francis Schaeffer's attention to consistency in a way that benefits thinking and living Christians in these post-modern (when will we have a better word than this?) times.

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