Reimagining Apologetics

Reimagining Apologetics

The Beauty of Faith in a Secular Age

by Justin Ariel Bailey

Reimagining Apologetics
  • Length: 268 pages
  • Published: October 13, 2020
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5328-1
  • Item Code: 5328
  • Case Quantity: 36

How should one proclaim of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a secular age?

For many Christians, the traditional approach of apologetics has grown stale. In light of the current secular climate, as described by Charles Taylor and others, rhetorical strategies that previously served the church and apologists well are no longer effective.

Justin Bailey seeks to address this dilemma by infusing apologetics with an appeal to the imagination, the aesthetic, and the affective. Demonstrating that this is possible, he engages with two examples of those who have done apologetics through the imagination: George MacDonald and Marilynne Robinson. By beginning with the imaginative and the aesthetic dimensions of faith before expounding proofs, Bailey argues, hearers of the good news will find both their hearts and their minds engaged.

"Imagine that apologetics wasn’t so gladiatorial; it isn’t hard to do. Through elegant, luminous readings of the novels of George MacDonald and Marilynne Robinson, Justin Ariel Bailey offers a Christian witness for a secular age that is infused with blessing, hope, and grace. Everyone who teaches a course on apologetics should consider assigning this welcome, timely, and thoughtful book."

Timothy Larsen, McManis Chair of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, author of George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles


Introduction: Searching for Stronger Spells

Part One: Apologetics and the Imagination
1. Eclipsing Enchantment: Charles Taylor and Our Imaginative Crisis
2. Feeling the Way In: The Apologetics of Authenticity
3. Reaching Out: Getting a Grip on the Imagination

Part Two: Models for Reimagining Apologetics
4. Waking Things Up: George MacDonald's Reimagined Apologetic
5. Revealing a Wider World: Marilynne Robinson's Reimagined Apologetic
6. Baptizing Imaginations: Learning from MacDonald and Robinson

7. Sowing in Hope: The Apologetics of Culture Care

Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


Justin Ariel Bailey (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theology at Dordt University, working at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, his work as a professor explores the ways that culture shapes the practice of Christian faith, as well as the ways that the Christian imagination shapes believers to participate in culture.

BY Justin Ariel Bailey

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