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."
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