Apologetics is not just for philosophers. We all need wisdom for defending our faith. This book equips us to answer unbelief by means of our most powerful weapon.
Hoping "to get us to open our Bibles again when we think about apologetics," K. Scott Oliphint probes six Scripture texts on the subject. He summarizes their message as follows:
- Since Christ is Lord, and the battle is his, we are always ready to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
- We are to use the weapons, not of this world, but of the Lord.
- We are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ as we demolish the arguments, with gentleness and reverence, of those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, exchanging the truth of God for a lie, worshipping created things, rather than the Creator.
Includes study questions for each chapter.
About the Author
K. Scott Oliphint is Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. He is the leading authority on Van Tillian Apologetics. He is author of Reasons for Faith: Philosophyin the Service of Theology, The Consistency of Van Til's Methodology,Cornelius Van Til and the Reformation of Christian Apologetics; coauthorof Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader, If I Should Die Before I Wake: Help for Those Who Hope for Heaven, ThingsThat Cannot Be Shaken: Holding Fast to Your Faith in a Relativistic World, and editor of Justified in Christ: God's Plan for Us in Justification, andThe Defense of the Faith, 4th Edition.
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: December 2003
ISBN 10: 087552561X
ISBN 13: 9780875525617
“Most of us who want to be faithful witnesses know we need—but often lack—three things: a clear understanding of the truth, the ability to express our message persuasively, and confidence that the gospel has nothing to fear in the intellectual market place. As a skilled seminary professor who has also served in the trenches of pastoral and evangelistic ministry, Dr. Oliphint is well qualified to give us just the help we need.”
- Sinclair B. Ferguson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
“Oliphint offers a user-friendly introduction to presuppositionalism in his new book The Battle Belongs to the Lord: The Power of Scripture for Defending Our Faith. This is the book to give to Christians who know in their heart of hearts that they ought to be involved in the business of defending the faith, but do not know how to proceed or have been scared off by the complex philosophical nature of apologetics. Oliphint demonstrates what we have really known all along: God intends for the regular Christian to do apologetics.
“If you want to read one book that sets the tone for how Apologetics is taught at Westminster and how Apologetics should be taught in the Church, then get this book!”
- Jonathan Brack, Director of Admissions, Westminster Theological Seminary
“Most Christians are quite willing to allow the philosophically sophisticated "hired guns" to do the work of apologetics, and it is often done without recourse to Scripture since reference to an external authority (apart from human reason) is generally forbidden in philosophical circles, even where Christians are involved. Oliphint begins with an analogy between the Christian’s task of apologetics and the fight between David and Goliath. David fought a giant with whom he was utterly unprepared to deal, at least from a purely human vantage point. But David defeated Goliath because he knew that the battle belonged to the Lord. From that essential biblical insight, Oliphint builds six chapters around six specific Scripture passages. The book is rounded out with two appendices, one on the role of the Holy Spirit in apologetics and a very helpful index of apologetics-oriented Scripture passages. This battle is indeed the Lord’s.”
- Jeff Waddington, Westminster Bookstore Staff
“Many think that we should leave our Bibles at home when we engage in apologetics, that we should reason with unbelievers only on the basis of "common ground." Scott Oliphint, to the contrary, rightly emphasizes that the Christian can never set his Bible aside, for Scripture sets the standards for everything we do, including apologetics.”
- John Frame Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
“An excellent primer on apologetics. Unlike others writing in this are, Oliphint underscores how God's revelation is at the heart of apologetics. He demonstrates how we are to use reason, logic, and persuasion in reliance on the Word and Spirit. Defending the Christian faith is not something that only a privileged few can do. Readers will reap much benefit from this extremely readable book.”
- Charles Dunahoo