Future editions of the book would benefit from some sort of study guide for group discussion. Although apologetics will not likely be the purview of most adult small groups, the addition of such a study guide would encourage small group study. For college student groups, this really should become part of their curriculum, especially for those college freshmen who have never benefited from a philosophy course during high school. 

If you are a believer who is interested in the discipleship of the mind, you really should spend some time with McGrath's large body of work, including this book.[5] Although this book will be mostly repetition for those who have studied historical apologetics, it does summarize a body of information that took me years to study on my own. I especially recommend it for anyone who works with university students.  


[1] The belief that only the physical world is real, and the supernatural does not exist.  
[2] Readers who would like to know about the philosophy of science and its implications for both Christian and scientific thinking should check out Mars Hill Audio Journal 104 and its interview with James Le Fanu (www.marshillaudio.org).
[3] John Polkinghorne (b. October 16, 1930) earned a MA in Mathematics and a PhD in Physics. He is also an ordained Anglican priest who left his teaching position as a professor of Mathematics at Cambridge in order to enter the Anglican priesthood. He continues to write a number of books that consider the relationship between science and religion, and he was awarded the Templeton prize in 2002 for his combined work in Theology and Science. 
[4] George Herbert (1593 - 1633) was a welsh poet and Anglican priest whose metaphysical poetry compared the common with the spiritual. He also both wrote poems that later became hymns, like "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing," and he published contemporary proverbs, such as "his bark is worse than his bite." Although I am a fan of John Donne's metaphysical poetry, I must confess to my chagrin that I had never hear of Herbert before - perhaps I slept through that bit of my freshman literature course at Oklahoma Baptist University?) 
[5] Those who have not read anything from McGrath might consider beginning with his 1998 study guide on the Apostle's Creed, I Believe: Exploring the Apostle's Creed.

Stanley J. Ward serves as the Biblical Worldview Director at The Brook Hill School (www.brookhill.org) and frequently speaks at conferences (www.stanleyjward.com). He is also a PhD candidate and napkin theologian (www.napkinvideo.com).


Publication date: January 17, 2010

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