"Reasonable Faith: Basic Christian Apologetics," by Winfried Corduan (Broadman and Holman, 279 pp.; $24.99, hardcover). Reviewed by Douglas Groothuis, assistant professor of philosophy of religion and ethics, Denver Seminary.

Os Guinness has noted that evangelicals suffer from the intellectually enfeebling predicament of "persuasionlessness" when it comes to enunciating the gospel and its implications for modern life. Rather than engaging unbelievers from the basis of common ground, challenging their illogical or unlivable assumptions and presenting biblical truth as a compelling alternative, evangelicals (if they frequent the public square at all) typically proclaim and pronounce but do not persuade through rational argument.

Those who refuse to defend the faith often do not fathom its fullness. If they did, they would discover the imperative to be ready to give to detractors and doubters reasons for our hope (1 Peter 3:15). An antidote to evangelical "persuasionlessness" is available in "Reasonable Faith," a masterful piece of approachable apologetics.

Winfried Corduan, a professor of religion and philosophy at Taylor University, has filled a gap in the existing apologetic literature in several ways. First, he writes as a philosopher introducing a subject simply but with precision, instead of as a popularizer who has little sense of nuance or intellectual restraint. Second, rather than simply answering objections to the faith or piling up evidences without a thorough understanding of the issues involved, Corduan unfolds an apologetic methodology from chapter to chapter in a cumulative fashion. Third, despite the book's philosophical backbone, Corduan serves the general reader by beginning each chapter with several vignettes ...

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