Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader

Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader


Edited by William Edgar, Edited by K. Scott Oliphint, Contributions by Aristides, Contributions by Augustine, Contributions by Justin Martyr, Contributions by Athenagoras, Contributions by Bishop of Lyons Saint Irenaeus, Contributions by Tertullian, Contributions by Saint Thomas Aquinas, Contributions by Origen

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  • Publisher: CROSSWAY BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 33mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 28 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Wheaton, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1581349068
  • ISBN 13: 9781581349061
  • Sales rank: 542,532

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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 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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William Edgar (DTheol, University of Geneva) is professor of apologetics and coordinator of the apologetics department at Westminster Theological Seminary. His books include Reasons of the Heart, The Face of Truth, and Truth in All Its Glory. K. Scott Oliphint (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written numerous scholarly articles and books, including God With Us. He is also the co-editor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics. Peter Abelard was a French scholastic philosopher, theologian, and preeminent logician during the medieval period.