This Week’s Giveaway – Two Books on Apologetics

Another week, another book giveaway! This time we’re giving away two recent books on Christian apologetics. Thinking about Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do It by James K. Beilby (IVP, 2011) and Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians: Pushing Back Against Cultural and Religious Critics by Mark Coppenger (B&H, 2011). These look like a couple of great books. So, if you’re looking for a good introduction to apologetics, or if you’d just like to expand your library in that area, scroll down to see how to enter the giveaway. I’ll be picking one person to win both books. 

Here are the descriptions from the publishers:

Most introductions to apologetics begin with the “how to” of defending the faith, diving right into the major apologetic arguments and the body of evidence. For those who want a more foundational look at this contested theological discipline, this book examines Christian apologetics in its nature, history, approaches, objections and practice.

What is apologetics? How has apologetics developed? What are the basic apologetic approaches? Why should we practice apologetics?

Countless Christians today are seeking a responsibe way to defend and commend their faith. If you are one them, Thinking About Christian Apologetics is the place to start.

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Have Christians grown accustomed to those who defame the Church? Whether it’s a best-selling author who claims “religion poisons everything” or an atheist comedian whose punch lines aren’t hassled by the burden of proof, foes of the faith continue to declare Christianity morally deficient without much resistance.

In Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians, Mark Coppenger mixes compelling references—from classic philosophers to modern entertainers—to reasonably push back against both harsh critics and less intense cultural relativists, contending that Christianity is morally superior to its competitors as well as true.

Coppenger doesn’t avoid uncomfortable realities like the misbehavior of many Christians and false teachers, but he sets the book’s course in defense of his faith with evidence that a Christian approach to life makes people and societies flourish, while those who turn their backs on genuine Christianity are more liable to behave wickedly.

“I hope to help replenish our cultural confidence,” he writes. “We have a great moral story to tell, and it surely points to the Author of Light and Life.”

How to Enter

Entering is simple. Just do one or more of the following. And, as usual, the more of these you do, the better your chances of winning. (To make my life easier, please leave one comment for everything that you do. So, for example, if you “like” the post on Facebook and also Tweet about it, leave two comments – one for each.)

  • Leave a comment on this post saying that you want the book
  • Subscribe to the blog via email (in the sidebar) or RSS
  • Click the Facebook “like” button on this post
  • Share this post on Twitter
  • Friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or add me to your Google+ circles
  • Comment on what you think the most difficult question/challenge is for Christian apologetics today.

See, nice and simple. I’ll select a winner next Tuesday (April 3). So stay tuned!

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102 Responses to “This Week’s Giveaway – Two Books on Apologetics”

  1. Jonathan Ammon March 28, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    I want them.

  2. Jonathan Ammon March 28, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    subscribed

  3. Leslie Keeney March 28, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    OK, I’ve Tweeted the Link. I already follow you on Twitter (and I think you follow me too) and I already subscribe to the RSS feed.

    Since I really want these books, I’ll be back later to answer the essay part of the exam.

  4. Jonathan Ammon March 28, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    “liked” the post.

  5. Jonathan Ammon March 28, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    I’m your facebook friend. I follow you on twitter, and I’m about to add you on G+.

  6. Jonathan Ammon March 28, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Most of my apologetics conversations are with Muslims and their questions aren’t that hard. Maybe the hardest one is “How can God die?” or “How can God go to the bathroom? if Jesus is God.” But I can usually satisfy those. People who get into “why” questions are harder. The one I can think of that has stumped me in the past is “Why does God require faith for salvation?”

  7. Chris Vena March 28, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Small salary + recession = limited book funds. Help a young faculty member build his library! :)

  8. John Brand March 28, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    I’d love to receive these books. Thanks for the offer

  9. Tyler Patrick March 28, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I’d like the books!

  10. Brian Roden March 28, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    I would like to have these books.

  11. Brian Roden March 28, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    I Liked this on FB

  12. Brian Roden March 28, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I tweeted

  13. Brian Roden March 28, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    I already subscribe to the blog via RSS

  14. Brian Roden March 28, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    we’re already friends on FB

  15. Brian Roden March 28, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    I already follow you on Twitter

  16. Eric March 28, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    I would love them.

  17. Eric Chabot March 28, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Opps. Last name here. I would love them.

  18. Clinton Wilcox March 28, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    I would likewise love the books.

  19. Craig Hurst March 28, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Tweeted.

  20. Craig Hurst March 28, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Liked on FB.

  21. Clinton Wilcox March 28, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    I just subscribed to your blog.

  22. Clinton Wilcox March 28, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    I just liked this on Facebook.

  23. Craig Hurst March 28, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    I want these books!

  24. Clinton Wilcox March 28, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    I just sent you a friend request on Facebook.

  25. Clinton Wilcox March 28, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Lastly, I think the most difficult challenge for Christian apologetics is the problem of evil argument. I’m not impressed by most arguments atheists try and use against Christians, but I think the problem of evil is a genuine concern and deserves a thoughtful response from Christians.

  26. Craig Hurst March 28, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    I think the greatest challenge to Christian apologetics is the life of the Christian lived before an unbelieving world. Our lives can be the greatest apologetic for the truth we claim to believe and ask everyone else to believe along with us.

  27. Craig Hurst March 28, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Already follow on Twitter.

  28. Craig Hurst March 28, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Already friends on FB.

  29. Craig Hurst March 28, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Already subscribe to the blog.

  30. Craig Hurst March 28, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Already have you in my Google+ circles.

  31. Jason March 28, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Of course I want these books!

  32. Joanne Viola March 28, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    I would really love these books as my introduction to apologetics. Thanks for the opportunity.

  33. Joanne Viola March 28, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I already subscribe.

  34. Joanne Viola March 28, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Tweeted.

  35. Gary Sinclair March 28, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Would enjoy the read…thanks!

  36. Jason March 28, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Subscribed

  37. Jason March 28, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Liked this post

  38. Jason March 28, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Tweeted the giveaway

  39. Jason March 28, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    The most difficult question/problem is an old one–why we in the modern world should believe in ancient religious teachings.

  40. Jason March 28, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Facebook friends and you’re in my G+ circles–don’t you feel loved!

  41. Marcelo Sánchez March 28, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    I want these books!

  42. Marcelo Sánchez March 28, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    I liked on facebook.

  43. Marcelo Sánchez March 28, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    I’m subscribed via RSS

  44. Marcelo Sánchez March 28, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    We are friends on facebook

  45. Brian Fulthorp March 28, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    I would like them! and I agree a major issue in apologetics is the problem of theodicy but the issue of the exclusivity of Christ is a big one too.

  46. c.m. habermehl March 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    shared post on twitter.

  47. c.m. habermehl March 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    following on twitter.

  48. c.m. habermehl March 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    liked post on facebook

  49. c.m. habermehl March 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    sent friend request on facebook

  50. Matt Lowe March 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Already friends with you on Facebook

  51. Matt Lowe March 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Liked this post on FB

  52. c.m. habermehl March 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    subscibed to blog

  53. Matt Lowe March 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I want these books — unapologetically

  54. c.m. habermehl March 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I would like to have the books. starting a class in the summer on apologetics. thanks for the opportunity.

  55. Matt Lowe March 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    One of the most difficult apologetic questions might be the mutual influence between Christianity and empires throughout church history and into the present…!

  56. Matt Lowe March 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Already subscribed to the blog

  57. Debbie Manthe March 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Would definitely like to have these books but hope that just the right person gets picked. :-)

  58. Vanessa March 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I would like these books.

  59. Vanessa March 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I subscribe via email.

  60. Vanessa March 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    I shared on twitter

  61. Vanessa March 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    finding a way to be loving and bold without being too pushy and turning people off

  62. Christopher Nyland March 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    I would love these books.

  63. Jeff March 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Marc,

    I want the books!!

  64. Jeff March 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Already your friend on Facebook… btw, enjoy your posts.

  65. Jeff March 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Subscribed to your blog.

  66. Leslie Keeney March 29, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    OK, just friended you on Facebook (which is a big deal for me because I’m very picky about my friends). Still really want those books!

  67. Leslie Keeney March 29, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    I’m actually in the middle of an informal research project about how traditional apologetics (meaning the modernist approach of the last hundred years) has focused primarily on the intellectual/logical side of defending the faith and ignored the fact that humans have TWO ways of knowing. Whether we refer to it as “head & heart” or “reason & intuition” or “reason & imagination,” the fact is that people know things “in their bones” (to quote C.S. Lewis) that logic can’t explain.

    It is this untidy, amorphous (but no less persuasive) part of the human psyche that traditional apologetics has ignored. Bringing thinks like moral, imaginative, and literary apologetics back into the mainstream of apologetics training will fill that gap.

  68. Mike S. March 29, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    I’m in! Thanks

  69. Alan Jones March 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Many thanks for your generosity!

  70. Kevin Walker March 30, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    I would love the book

  71. Kevin Walker March 30, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    I liked it

  72. Kevin Walker March 30, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    I tweeted it

  73. Kevin Walker March 30, 2012 at 1:51 am #

    bringing a substantial apologetic to the non-vocational Christian

  74. Kevin Walker March 30, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    On FB i liked the post

  75. Kevin Walker March 30, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    We are friends on facebook

  76. Tim C March 30, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    I would appreciate those books

  77. Tim C March 30, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    I liked the post

  78. Tim C March 30, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    I’m already subscribed to the blog

  79. Tim C March 30, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    I asked to be your friend

  80. Tim C March 30, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    I believe that we need to particularly focus on reiterating the need for and exceptionalism of the Christian faith in the face of religious pluralism without giving up the inherently moral and political dimension of the gospels (transcending the somewhat shallow politics of the conservative right and not reducing Christianity to an idea of how to just ‘get saved’) and to also not let this line of thinking preclude us from working with other religions when the need arises (that is, we still need to establish a relationship of love rather than distance).

  81. Dominique Aguiar April 1, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    I want the books.

  82. Bill Kelsey April 2, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    I would love to have the books if it is not too late.

  83. Jonathan Chechile April 2, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Liked the post on FB

  84. Jonathan Chechile April 2, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Oh yeah… I want the books.

  85. Bill Kelsey April 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Friended you on Facebook.

  86. Bill Kelsey April 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I friended you on Facebook.

  87. Bruce Turner April 6, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    I want the books!

  88. Bruce Turner April 6, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    subscribed to the blog

  89. Bruce Turner April 6, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    friended you on fbook

  90. Bruce Turner April 6, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    “Liked” the post

  91. Bruce Turner April 6, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Most difficult questions…

    • How can a good God allow evil and sufeirng in the world?

    • How can a “loving” Christian Church hurt so many people? (often asked from personal experiences)

  92. Mark McIntyre April 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    I love apologetics. I’m especially interested in the moral apologetics book.

  93. Miles Andrews April 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    I want this book.

  94. Miles Andrews April 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    I tweeted this giveaway.

  95. Miles Andrews April 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    One of the biggest problems in apologetics today may be how exactly morality is grounded in God. I hope that my view of that changes after reading “Good God” this summer, though.

  96. Miles Andrews April 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    I liked this post on Facebook (your page).

  97. Miles Andrews April 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    I’m already friends with you on Facebook and Google+.

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