Apologetics Made Appetizing

Christianity on Trial, by Colin Chapman (Tyndale, 1975, 594 pp., $7.95 pb), is reviewed by Clark Pinnock, associate professor of theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada.

Most Christian workers are convinced of the need for apologetics, for evangelism, and for nurture, and are on the lookout for a text to give disciples or interested persons, a book that clearly sets out the reasons for faith and provides a ready reference to the many subjects grouped around this theme. Colin Chapman’s handsomely prepared and printed book should meet this need for many.

This substantial volume is divided into three main parts: (1) “How can we know if Christianity is true?” (2) “Questions of God, Man, and the Universe.” (3) “Questions about Jesus Christ.” It is subdivided into seven basic questions, and the format is consistent in each subsection, eminently teachable. The author begins by giving the answer of biblical Christianity, then turns to the major alternatives to it, and finally returns to the biblical answer, clearing it of all objections that have arisen from the investigation. One particularly valuable feature of the volume is the paragraph-length citations culled from famous and influential writers of every opinion and fully documented at the back of the book. These are very apt and usable in connection with various apologetic issues.

The book starts out sharply and boldly. God has revealed truth about himself, and the truth is open to verification. Intellectual convictions about Christianity are of course inadequate in themselves, but they do supply a threshold for personal trust. In the first part, Chapman promises that Christian truth is verifiable factually, philosophically, and experimentally. After ...

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