Book Review: Faith's Reasons for Believing by Robert Reymond
Reviewed by James Anderson
The subtitle of Robert Reymondâ€™s latest book on apologetics gives a fair impression of its purpose and tone: â€œAn Apologetic Antidote to Mindless Christianity (and to Thoughtless Atheism)â€. Reymondâ€™s goal is to counter not only the attacks of â€œmilitant atheistsâ€ like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, but also the â€œmindless Christianityâ€ of believers who are unable or unwilling to offer any reasons for the faith they profess.
The book is adapted from lecture material originally prepared for a seminary course in apologetics and is therefore pitched at that level. Reymondâ€™s approach to apologetics is self-consciously presuppositionalist, with the title of the book designed to reflect that approach. Our method in apologetics should not be to start from a position without any faith commitments and to use our reasoning to construct a position of faith â€˜from scratchâ€™. Rather, we should unashamedly start with the faith we already profess, and reasoning in a manner consistent with that faith we should explain why it makes good sense to believe as we do. Reymond insists that â€œoneâ€™s first principle â€¦ is all-important in Christian apologeticsâ€. You either begin with the conviction that the Bible is Godâ€™s Word and ground your knowledge and reasoning on that firm foundation, or else you build on some other foundation that will ultimately prove to be quicksand.
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