Faith Has Its Reasons: Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith, By Kenneth Boa and Robert M. Bowman Jr.

Faith Has Its Reasons

Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith

by Kenneth Boa and Robert M. Bowman Jr.

Faith Has Its Reasons
  • Length: 658 pages
  • Published: March 01, 2006
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 5648
  • ISBN: 9780830856480

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Ever since the apostle Paul addressed the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers in Athens, relating the Christian worldview to a non-Christian world has been a challenge. And despite Peter's charge to be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15), most Christian laypeople have left apologetics—the defense of the faith—to the ecclesiastical pros.

Faith Has Its Reasons is a study of four different models of how apologetics should be done, an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses, and a proposal for integrating the best insights of each. Kenneth Boa and Robert Bowman have assembled a wealth of information about what Christians believe and how to present that faith to an unbelieving world. Remarkable both in its depth of content and ease of accessibility, Faith Has Its Reasons gives Christian laypeople the tools to address such critical questions as:

  • Why is belief in God rational despite the prevalence of evil in the world?
  • What facts support the church's testimony that Jesus rose from the dead?
  • Can we be certain Christianity is true?
  • How can our faith in Christ be based on something more secure than our own understanding without descending into an irrational emotionalism?

"Applying the principle of 'unity in diversity' to apologetic systems, this book integrates the best insights of each approach. In challenging readers to maximize the stunning reasons for faith in concert with the magnetic power of transformed hearts, Faith Has Its Reasons charts the right course for the future of apologetics."

David K. Clark, author of Dialogical Apologetics

"Ken Boa is one of the most gifted writers and scholars in the Christain world. This is a brilliantly done apologetics reference. The title tells it all--our faith is not an unreasonable faith."

Charles W. Colson, Prison Fellowship

"I know of no better analysis of Christian apologetic systems than Faith Has Its Reasons. It is comprehensive and rigorous, yet eminently readable. However, the book's greatest virtue is its ability to locate the importance of apologetics in the life of the church as well as in the personal faith of the individual believer."

Francis J. Beckwith, coeditor of To Everyone an Answer

"An excellent, thorough survey of apologetic approaches."

John M. Frame, author of Apologetics to the Glory of God



Part One: What Is Apologetics?
1 Defining Apologetics
2 A Brief History of Apologetics
3 Issues and Methods In Apologetics

Part Two: Classical Apologetics: It Stands To Reason
4 Apologists Who Emphasize Reason
5 Classical Apologetics: A Reasonable Faith
6 The Rationality of the Christian Worldview
7 Apologetics and the Limits of Reason

Part Three: Evidentialist Apologetics: Just the Facts
8 Apologists Who Emphasize Fact
9 Evidentialist Apologetics: Faith Founded On Fact
10 Presenting Evidence That Demands A Verdict
11 Apologetics and the Interpretation of Fact

Part Four: Reformed Apologetics: God Said It
12 Apologists Who Emphasize Revelation
13 Reformed Apologetics: Christianity in Conflict
14 Taking Every Thought Captive
15 Apologetics and the Authority of Revelation

Part Five: Fideist Apologetics: By Faith Alone
16 Apologists Who Emphasize Faith
17 Fideist Apologetics: Reasons of the Heart
18 Calling People to Encounter God In Jesus Christ
19 Apologetics and the Subjectivity of Faith

Part Six: Integrative Approaches to Apologetics
20 Apologists Who Favor Integration
21 Contending For the Faith: Apologetics and Human Knowledge
22 Reasons for Hope: Integrating Diverse Arguments in Apologetics
23 Speaking the Truth in Love: Perspectives on Apologetics

Appendix: Categorizing Apologetic Methods
List of Tables and Charts
Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Kenneth Boa

Kenneth Boa is the president of Reflections Ministries, Omnibus Media Ministries, and Trinity House Publishers. His many books include Faith Has Its Reasons, Rewriting Your Broken Story, Life in the Presence of God, and Shaped by Suffering. He resides in Atlanta.

Robert M. Bowman Jr. (M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., South African Theological Seminary) is the director of research for the Institute for Religious Research ( His books include Jehovah's Witnesses, The Word-Faith Controversy, Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ (with J. Ed Komoszewski) and Faith Has Its Reasons (with Kenneth D. Boa). He has updated and expanded this booklet from his chapter in A Guide to New Religious Movements, edited by Ronald Enroth.