Apologetics Beyond Reason

I am automatically drawn to any book dealing with apologetics and so ordering this book required no hesitation. Having said that, this is a much different book from what I am used to.

Apologetics Beyond ReasonJames Sire, in his book Apologetics Beyond Reason, makes it clear that he is unhappy with the evidential apologetics popular among apologists today. He offers as an example the Kalam Argument put forth by William Lane Craig. Sire confesses that he would fall into the presuppositional camp of apologists. (If you are confused by presuppositional apologetics, I recommend Ian Clary’s excellent article “An Introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics” in the first volume of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics.)

The basic idea that Sire offers is that instead of arguing to God, we should be arguing from God. In order to do this, Sire uses a number of examples from literature to show that God is the presupposition. In this, he is using something called literary apologetics.

While Sire offers a number of interesting points, I will confess that I did not get much out of the book. My problem was not his presuppositionalism but my lack of background in literature. The examples that he uses are not authors that I am interested or are attracted to even after reading his chapters.

I think those who are interested in literary apologetics will get a lot out of this book. It is an alternative for those of this generation who are not impacted by pure reason. It is also good to be seeing what other apologists are doing.

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