The bottom line: Build a sturdy foundation to defend what you believe and why.
Can you readily present a persuasive case for why you believe in the Christian faith? If the answer is no, then this book will help you tremendously.
Apologetics refers to rational arguments for or justification of something. Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics not only makes a strong reasoned case that, at its core, Christianity is cogent, but it uses the same approach to reveal how other worldviews are inherently irrational.
These feats are accomplished by establishing basic principles of epistemology, working through points and counter-points that scrutinize worldviews, tackling how we discern God’s existence, and then discriminating how we can trust the Bible. What the Christian believer is left with is a strong logical foundation that he or she can build upon when asked to defend Biblical truth. This equips them with the tools they need to make a strong, objective case for Christianity as commanded by Scripture. What a non-believer is left with is a basic working knowledge of how alternative worldviews often violate logic, and how science and faith are perfectly compatible. Truly, what is not compatible is science and the fallacious version of Christianity that is depicted in culture-at-large.
Throughout the book, Sproul does chart a course through philosophical history to reveal how objections to the Christian faith have developed over time. Particular emphasis is given to David Hume and Immanuel Kant. What the reader will find is that many “modern” objections aren’t modern at all and have been vigorously addressed in the past.
Readers should keep in mind that this book delivers on what it says—that it is an introduction to apologetics. So yes, there are more comprehensive books that will go into much greater detail on philosophical and Scriptural matters. Regardless, this book sets your apologetic compass so you will always feel assured that you are heading in the right direction.
As expected, this book is written in simple (not simplistic) language and is very easy to read. While Sproul deals with some very heavy topics, he manages to make everything very digestible. In my personal opinion, Dr. R. C. Sproul is the greatest Bible teacher alive today, so my review is not going to be totally objective. That being said, reading any book by R. C. Sproul will add value to your working knowledge of God and the Bible. I believe this book will benefit all Christians tremendously and anyone involved in teaching the Word, evangelizing, or ministering to others must read Defending Your Faith.