Christian Apologetics


apology [Gr.,=defense], literary work that defends, justifies, or clarifies an author's ideas or point of view. Unlike the ordinary use of the word, the literary use neither implies that wrong has been done nor expresses regret. The most famous ancient example, Plato's Apology (3d cent. BC), presents Socrates' defense of himself at his trial before the Athenian government. Sir Philip Sidney's Apologie for Poetrie and Defense of Poesie (both: 1580), which examine the art of poetry and its condition in England, apparently were written to justify the poets' craft after it had been attacked by critics. A third famous example, Cardinal Newman's spiritual autobiography Apologia pro Vita sua (1864), was written to clarify the Cardinal's views after they had been misrepresented in an essay by Charles Kingsley.

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Christian Apologetics: Selected full-text books and articles

Warranted Christian Belief By Alvin Plantinga Oxford University Press, 2000
Postmodern Apologetics? Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy By Christina M. Gschwandtner Fordham University Press, 2013
Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today By John G. Stackhouse Jr Oxford University Press, 2002
The Everlasting Man By G. K. Chesterton Image Books, 1955
Reasons to Believe Today By John Martinetti Marquette University Press, 1996
That the World May Believe By Hans Küng; Cecily Hastings Sheed and Ward, 1963
Honest to God By John A. T. Robinson Westminster Press, 1963
Our Experience of God By H. D. Lewis Allen & Unwin, 1959
Apologetics in the Roman Empire: Pagans, Jews, and Christians By Mark J. Edwards; Martin Goodman; Simon Price; Christopher Rowland Oxford University Press, 1999
The City of God By St. Augustine; Marcus Dods Modern Library, 1950
Tertullian, Apology, de Spectaculis By Tertullian; T. R. Glover W. Heinemann, Ltd., 1931
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