First Peter 3:5 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” The commission is for all Christians, yet the task seems daunting, and few Believers feel adequate for the assignment.
Reasons for Faith is a collection of writings from some of today’s top apologists. It provides a rich resource for responding to why we believe what we believe. With insightful information from such writers as Josh McDowell, Norman Geisler, Sean Choi, and Richard Howe, to name just a few, readers can glean from several lifetimes of learning on such subjects as postmodernism, separation of church and state, The Da Vinci Code, modern cults, and the argument for intelligent design.
Mark Mittelberg, who authors chapter one, says, “Apologetics, the study of reasons for our faith, is not for the mere accumulation of knowledge. It’s to give us the information we need to lovingly serve and help people for whom Jesus died and whom He sent us to reach.”
Apologetics is a witnessing vehicle—not a hammering tool. The more we know, and the more convinced we are in our own minds regarding what we believe, the better able we will be to truthfully and earnestly convey our beliefs to those who are searching for the hope we have found. We can never argue someone into salvation—that’s not the goal. The goal is to offer reasonable responses to the questions posed by today’s seekers and agnostics.
I recommend this book to all teen and adult believers, and I challenge Christians of all ages to read and absorb what the writers of Reasons for Faith have to say. The book provides vital information and valuable insights regarding the Christian faith and ways Christians can respond to those who question the validity of God and His Word. Nancy K. Brown, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Many Christians want to witness for their faith, but they are afraid they will not be able to answer questions that others may ask of them. First Peter 3:15 reminds believers to always be prepared to “make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” Norman Geisler and Chad Meister realize the fear of facing questions about the Christian faith. Their book Reasons for Faith gives believers grounded biblical apologetics to help them defend their faith.