Book Review: Humble Apologetics
John G. Stackhouse Jr., Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today (Oxford University Press, 2002), 280 pages, ISBN 9780195138078.
I did it! I finally read this book from cover to cover. I had started it many times since it was sent to me to review, but I never finished it and finishing is what counts. It is easy to start things, but finishing is the real deal.
John Stackhouse is the real deal too. He is the Songwoo Yulong Chee Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Stackhouse presents a three point progression to demonstrate and strengthen the believer's need to be humble and prepared in doing apologetics with our neighbor.
Stackhouse points out that apologetics is an old subject, one that has been around since God banished Adam and Eve from the garden along with the consequences of their sin and the God given hope that they would somehow survive.
The book begins with a discussion of the contemporary culture in which we live, a culture that includes pluralism, post modern thought and consumerism. With this in place the author moves into a theological presentation of conversion and then concludes with suggestions of how to communicate our faith in a natural and appealing way.
The suggestions strongly urge us to think about defending and presenting our faith to our neighbors so that we are welcome and welcoming.
Reviewed by H. Murray Hohns
H. Murray Hohns teaches at Foursquare's Pacific Rim Bible College in Honolulu, is on staff at the largest church in Hawaii and has served on his denomination's investment committee since 1999. Hohns has two degrees in Civil Engineering and a MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary. He has written five engineering books and hundreds of articles in every type of newspaper, magazine and journal.