Book Review

Heart Work

Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers & Skeptics Find Faith
by Alister E. McGrath
Baker, 2012
(208 pages, $16.99, paperback)

reviewed by Louis Markos

It wasn't that long ago that American Christians, especially those in academia, were somewhat ashamed of the rational side of their faith. They sang their hymns, shared their testimonies, and served their neighbors, but they tended to avoid direct conflict with philosophers, scientists, historians, and sociologists who claimed to hold the logical high ground.

Thankfully, that is no longer the case. Increasingly over the last 25 years, Christian publishers, and even some secular ones, have flooded the market with apologetics books that have boldly defended the . . .

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Louis Markos , Professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities. His 19 books include Lewis Agonistes; Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis; On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis; and From A to Z to Narnia with C. S. Lewis.


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