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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, apologists will engage their hearers' hearts and minds more fully with the good news.
Downer's Grove, IL
apologetics, faith, secularism, George MacDonald, Marilynne Robinson
Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Bailey, Justin, "reimagining apologetics" (2020). Books by Dordt Authors. 54.