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An unprecedented anthology of apologetics texts with selections from the first century AD through the Middle Ages. Includes introductory material, timelines, maps, footnotes, and discussion questions. The apostle Peter tells us always to be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks us to account for our hope as Christians (1 Peter 3:15). While the gospel message remains th An unprecedented anthology of apologetics texts with selections from the first century AD through the Middle Ages. Includes introductory material, timelines, maps, footnotes, and discussion questions. The apostle Peter tells us always to be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks us to account for our hope as Christians (1 Peter 3:15). While the gospel message remains the same, such arguments will look different from one age to another. In the midst of a recent revival in the field of apologetics, few things could be more useful than an acquaintance with some of these arguments for the Christian belief through the ages. This first of two proposed volumes features primary source documents from the time of the early church (100-400) and the Middle Ages (400-1500). Featured apologists include Aristides, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, and Thomas Aquinas. The authors provide a preface to each major historical section, with a timeline and a map, then an introduction to each apologist. Each primary source text is followed by questions for reflection or discussion purposes.


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An unprecedented anthology of apologetics texts with selections from the first century AD through the Middle Ages. Includes introductory material, timelines, maps, footnotes, and discussion questions. The apostle Peter tells us always to be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks us to account for our hope as Christians (1 Peter 3:15). While the gospel message remains th An unprecedented anthology of apologetics texts with selections from the first century AD through the Middle Ages. Includes introductory material, timelines, maps, footnotes, and discussion questions. The apostle Peter tells us always to be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks us to account for our hope as Christians (1 Peter 3:15). While the gospel message remains the same, such arguments will look different from one age to another. In the midst of a recent revival in the field of apologetics, few things could be more useful than an acquaintance with some of these arguments for the Christian belief through the ages. This first of two proposed volumes features primary source documents from the time of the early church (100-400) and the Middle Ages (400-1500). Featured apologists include Aristides, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, and Thomas Aquinas. The authors provide a preface to each major historical section, with a timeline and a map, then an introduction to each apologist. Each primary source text is followed by questions for reflection or discussion purposes.

30 review for Christian Apologetics, Past and Present, Volume 1, to 1500

  1. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    A wonderful collection of some of the greatest apologetic arguments ever made for the Christian faith.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brian Watson

    Edgar and Oliphint have produced a fine anthology of texts that represent Christian apologetics. They also write introductions to each author represented, as well as each era from which those writings are taken, and discussion questions. The texts here range from early apologists like Justin Martyr and Athenagoras of Athens to Augustine to Thomas Aquinas and Girolamo Savonarola. (In most cases, the writers presented are the most famous theologians of the church's first 1400-plus years.) The sele Edgar and Oliphint have produced a fine anthology of texts that represent Christian apologetics. They also write introductions to each author represented, as well as each era from which those writings are taken, and discussion questions. The texts here range from early apologists like Justin Martyr and Athenagoras of Athens to Augustine to Thomas Aquinas and Girolamo Savonarola. (In most cases, the writers presented are the most famous theologians of the church's first 1400-plus years.) The selection seems to be quite good, with large chunks of Augustine's Confessions and City of God, and many other important works. Occasionally, the "diagnostic questions" at the end of each reading don't seem to match up well with the text. Other than that, this is a great anthology. [Finished reading 11/1/18.]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pastoralmusings

    Christian Apologetics Past And Present Vol 1: To 1500 ISBN-10: 1581349068 ISBN-13: 9781581349061 Christian Apologetics is a primary source reader. Instead of giving to us an apologetic argument, the editors have simply allowed people from the first sixteen centuries of Christianity to speak to us concerning the Christian faith. First of all, I must say that this is a very good approach. Too often we commit the sin of what C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery” and think that we should apply our Christian Apologetics Past And Present Vol 1: To 1500 ISBN-10: 1581349068 ISBN-13: 9781581349061 Christian Apologetics is a primary source reader. Instead of giving to us an apologetic argument, the editors have simply allowed people from the first sixteen centuries of Christianity to speak to us concerning the Christian faith. First of all, I must say that this is a very good approach. Too often we commit the sin of what C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery” and think that we should apply ourselves more to contemporary writings. Sadly, those who ignore the past are certain to commit many of the same errors that have already been made. They will also fall into many of the heresies of the past. It is wise to present the words of past apologists that we might learn from them. Second, I must say that I believe that the average person is neither familiar enough with the past to know what they should read. Neither do they have the money to buy the complete writings of the past. Even the thirty-eight volumes of the early church fathers is quite expensive. It is also a daunting task to try to read them. It is nowhere near such a task to sit down and carefully read a source book such as this. I especially appreciate the care that was given to presenting the reader with a short biographical sketch of each one whose writings were included as well as the historical background into which they spoke. A great plus for the reader is the fact that this book is extremely well bound. This book oozes quality in workmanship and in content. It would be difficult to recommend this book too highly. For someone who wants to learn about apologetics, and for the one who desires to learn much about theology, too, this book is a blessing. Many thanks to Angie Cheatham of Crossway for providing me with this copy of Christian Apologetics to review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Haines

    This volume introduces the reader to the writings of a number of different authors who wrote in defense of the christian faith, beginning with the Authors of the New Testament, and finishing in the 1500s. In my opinion, though a number of the selections are very good, they are not necessarily the best. I will be writing a full review later.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Krista Dominguez

    I love this class. Onward to Volume 2.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Volume one from a two volume set: the patristic to medieval thinkers providing a solid historical context for the biblical writers through medieval times.

  7. 5 out of 5

    G0thamite

    This is going to be a long read - on and off again. A great selection of historical apologetics. Looking forward to more in Vol 2.

  8. 5 out of 5

    CortexiphanKate

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    Joseph Weyel

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    Daniel Goodman

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    Levi

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    Rafael Salazar

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    Matt

  14. 5 out of 5

    Josef Kropotkin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Arun Joseph

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    Ian Spencer

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    Ben Picard

  18. 5 out of 5

    Genis Pieterse

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Weaver

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    Christiana Nakhla

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    E REULE

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    Andrew

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    Dylan Rowland

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    Felipe

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chester Mallory

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    Brad Thompson

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    HughDeLong

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    Greg

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    Michael

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Potts

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