Showing posts with label Apologetics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apologetics. Show all posts

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Review - Vatican II: The Essential Texts

Too often we get our information about people and groups through the grapevine. We hear from someone’s cousin, twice removed. We never go to the source for the information we want. That is why when I study different people, groups, faiths, etc. that I read writing’s from those involved in them.

That is what is so important about the book Vatican II - The Essential Text. Vatican II is an important Catholic Church council that shaped much of what the church is about today. It includes most of the documents that were finalized in Vatican II. From the current liturgy, to the churches view of what constitutes God’s Word, onto how the church is to relate to the world and other faiths.

What is even of more help is the introductions to each section made by Edward P. Hahnenberg. He gives us background on the reason the topic was up for consideration, the process it took to have it finalized, and he even includes those in the church who disagreed with it.

This is a book that I will use often in my studies. It is well written, easy to understand, and important to our understanding of the Roman Catholic Church as it is today.

Disclaimer- I received this book for free from Blogging for Books. All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review - How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1

It is important for a believer to have a strong belief in the Bible. We must adhere to its teachings and proclaim them every chance we get. That means that we must believe that what we find in Scripture is directly from God. When we talk to an unbeliever about the Bible we must give a clear defense of why we believe the Bible is God’s very word (I Peter 3:15).

In the book How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1 is a resource that covers many areas concerning Scripture and shows us how the Bible is the only true word of God. The authors discuss topics ranging from how we can trust both testaments in Scripture, evolution, the resurrection, polygamy and other religions to name a few.
These guys write in a clear and convincing manner. You don’t have to have attended seminary to understand how the authors explain these complex topics (which many other books like these can be to academic). You will find yourself uses the arguments in this book in your discussions with others about the Bible.

If you want a resource to deepen your belief in the Bible then pick this book up.
Disclaimer - I received this resource free from New Leaf Press.  All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.

Review - Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Volume 2

When doing apologetics we have to be ready with responses to objections to our faith and questions for those who don’t believe. This is what Peter meant in I Peter 3:15 when he wrote that we must be ready to give a defense for our faith to anyone who asks so finding resources to help us fulfill that passage is vital. Obviously the Bible is the most important apologetic book but if you are like me you haven’t thought of all of the possible responses or questions to ask someone. So books like Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Volume 2 help us do just that.

In this book the author’s cover 40 alleged contradictions people bring up as objections to our faith. They take us from Genesis to Revelation discussing these objections. With each objection they describe “The Problem,” “The Solution,” and “The Conclusion.” They write each of these in a clear and concise manner that gives believers ammo to ward off attacks.
This is a reference I will turn to over and over. It is a resource that every believer will benefit from.

Disclaimer - I received this resource free from New Leaf Press.  All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Review - Culture Shift by Al Mohler

“How are Christians to remain faithful as we live in this culture? How should we think about so many of the crucial moral questions of our day?”

These are a few questions that Al Mohler tackles in his book Culture Shift: The Battle for the Moral Heart of America. This is a timely book that covers a broad range of topics that are relevant to the culture we live in today. Mohler grapples with issues like the Christians role in law and politics, how we as a culture have softened. He goes after public schools, abortion, nuclear weapons and genetics.

As I said a broad range of topics. He takes the issues and presents how the society as a whole views them then counters with what God’s Word says about them.

The chapter dealing with abortion is his best. Mohler shows how abortion in every way is immoral and ungodly. He shows the hypocrisy of the movement because they view pro-life centers as evil because they show moms-to-be an ultrasound in hopes that they see the fetus as a life, and they almost always do. The pro-choice movement thinks this is evil because they feel the pro-life centers are manipulating the women into not having an abortion. Yet they do the same because when these women visit Planned Parenthood they push these women to have an abortion.

Another issue Mohler handles well is the digital deluge the American family is facing. He points out that families are having a difficult time relating to each other because of our addiction to technology. He tells the story of one family who, even on family outings, are constantly using technology. They have forgotten what it is like to exist with each other without their devices and their family is deteriorating. God created us to be relational, meaning we need to have personal contact, conversation and time with other humans and not through technology but in person.

While he does a convincing apologetic on most topics he unfortunately doesn’t do that for all. Amazing enough his chapter on the new atheism (chapter 21) is lacking any apologetic from Scripture. He directs us to Abraham Lincoln and the false notion of America as a Christian nation (a notion that I agree with), but not to Scripture.

With that said I learned much on how these cultural issues can and are against the moral principles found in Scripture. Mohler gives us ways to defend our beliefs in a world full of immorality and relativity. I recommend this book to anyone who lives in an immoral culture and not sure how to counter it.

Disclaimer- I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Review - Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath

My purpose in reading Why God Won’t Go Away by Alister McGrath was to be better informed about atheism, particularly what is called new atheism. As a Christian I believe it is important, no Biblical, for us to defend our faith (I Peter 3:15). I know a few atheist personally so I had even more interest in this book.

I believe that the title isn’t what the major point of the book is. McGrath doesn’t get to why God won’t go away until the last chapter. The rest of the book deals with what the new atheism is, particularly from the teachings of the so-called “Four Horsemen” of the movement – Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. McGrath doesn’t give much other space to any others in the movement.

Even though he doesn’t get to the purpose of the book until the end, I didn’t mind. The information the new atheist movement makes the book worth the read. If you have ever had conversations with people who disagree with you on the subject of religion you know that they can get heated and at times mean. McGrath never does. He presents their view and counters it respectively, never writing in a superior or condescending tone.

Throughout the book McGrath addresses objections that new atheists have with Christian beliefs and clearly shows their objections as incomplete, hypocritical or false. One example that sticks out is the objection that atheists have with God because of all of the violence that has been done throughout human history in the name of God yet atheists conveniently ignore the atheism of Stalin and his murderous reign. This is only one of the multiple arguments that atheists use against God that McGrath applies to atheism itself to invalidate their argument.

I learned much about the new atheist movement from this book. He McGrath writes in a clear way that is accessible to most readers. If you have been curious about atheism, this book would be of much help.

Disclaimer - I received this resource free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze book review blogger program. All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review - The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone

It would be safe to say that I love the Bible. To be able to read God’s very word is an honor and a privilege. Because of that I am intrigued by how we received the Bible, its structure and authors, and how it has lasted through these centuries. I have read much on these and look for any other resources that encourage me in the truth that the Bible we have today is the very book God wants us to have.

In Larry Stone’s book The Story of the Bible we can learn of those things. He gives us in fascinating detail the beginnings of the Bible and how it has been preserved to present times. On every page there are photos of paintings, sculptures and of ancient copies of the books of the Bible. Inserted throughout are removable life-size reproductions with explanations from those ancient copies. Most books like these are scholarly, technical and at times inaccessible to most people. Even though this book is like those Stone writes in a way most will understand.

This is a book that I will cherish. I will turn to it often to assist in teaching God’s Word and defending it from attacks. I couldn’t recommend this book enough.

You can currently purchase it at Christianbook, Amazon or from Thomas Nelson.

Disclaimer - I received this resource free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze book review blogger program. All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Review - Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias

Beyond Opinion from Thomas Nelson Publishers is a collection of writings by different authors that deal with a variety of apologetic issues of the Christian faith. These issues are divided into four general sections which make it easier to access for future reference. And I believe that is exactly what this book is, a reference book. This is a book that you could use to prepare conversations you may have with a Muslim, an atheist, someone who believes in science to prove existence and to aid in response to those who question how a loving God would allow evil and suffering in the world, just to name a few.

This book is academic in nature and very heady. And that should be expected since defending our faith with unbelievers is mainly intellectual in nature. It is a book that could very easily be used in an apologetics class to facilitate discussion.

In the last section Ravi writes that as well as being intellectual we must also live our faith. He gives a quote from a non-believer who questioned whether our new birth was truly a supernatural act. The question was this, “If this conversion is truly supernatural, why is it not more evident in the lives of so many Christians I know?” After reading this book you shouldn’t need to have that question asked of you.

You can currently purchase this book from Christian Book in paperback for $11.99.

Disclaimer - I received this resource free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze book review blogger program. All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.