The New Apologetics
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In recent years, “apologetics” has gotten a bad rap, being falsely conflated with “arguing about religion,” in the worst sense of the phrase. But for Christians, apologetics, or giving a reasoned explanation or defense of the faith, is a necessity and duty. 


In fact, the cultural moment in which we find ourselves today demands, possibly more than any other time in history, a New Apologetics—a potent and spirited renewal of apologetics suited to today’s world.


This groundbreaking collection is a bold first step toward making this renewal a reality. Featuring over forty essays from many of today’s leading Catholic apologists, theologians, and philosophers, The New Apologetics charts a new course for the future of apologetics: a smart, joyful, and beautiful defense of the faith, one that appeals to both the head and the heart.






Contents

Foreword - Cardinal Thomas Collins

Acknowledgments - Matthew Nelson

Introduction - Matthew Nelson


PART I – NEW AUDIENCES

1 - Nones Are Not “Nothings” – Stephen Bullivant

2 - Awakening the Indifferent – Bobby Angel

3 - Why Catholics Fall Away: A Priest’s Perspective – Fr. Blake Britton

4 - The Reason and the Remedy: Bringing the Lapsed Christian Home

– Tod Worner

5 - Moral Relativism: Arguments For and Against – Francis J. Beckwith

6 - Countering Scientific Materialism – Stephen Barr

PART II – NEW APPROACHES

7 - Digital Apologetics: Defending the Faith Online – Brandon Vogt

8 - New Epiphanies of Beauty – Michael Stevens

9 - Sowing “Seeds of the Word” – Andrew Petiprin

10 - The Heart of Affirmative Orthodoxy – John L. Allen Jr.

11 - Truth, Meaning, and the Christian Imagination – Holly Ordway

PART III – NEW MODELS

12 - Socrates – Trent Horn

13 - St. Augustine – Matthew Levering

14 - St.Thomas Aquinas – John DeRosa

15 - Blaise Pascal – Peter Kreeft

16 - G.K. Chesterton – Dale Ahlquist

17 - C.S. Lewis – Fr. Michael Ward

18 - Flannery O’Connor – Matthew Becklo

19 - René Girard – Grant Kaplan

20 - Joseph Ratzinger – Richard DeClue

PART IV – NEW ISSUES

Science and Faith

21 - Theology and Science: How and Why – Christopher Baglow

22 - Defending a Historical Adam and Eve in an Evolving Creation

- Fr. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP

23 - Free Will and Its Challenges from Neuroscience – Daniel De Haan

24 - The Quantum Revolution and the Reconciliation of Science and Humanism - Robert C. Koons

25 - Creation and the Cosmos – Jonathan Lunine

26 - Artificial Intelligence: Religion of Technology – Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP

Psychology and Anthropology

27 - Psychology and Religion – Christopher Kaczor

28 - Happiness and the Meaning of Life – Jennifer Frey

29 - Matters of Life and Death – Stephanie Gray Connors

30 - Anthropological Fallacies – Ryan T. Anderson

31 - The “Fourth Age” of Human Communications – Jimmy Akin

Theology and Philosophy

32 - The Threefold Way – Fr. James Dominic Brent, OP

33 - New Challenges to Natural Theology – Edward Feser

34 - Doubt and Certainty – Tyler Dalton McNabb

35 - The Existence of the Immortal Soul – Turner C. Nevitt

36 - Dark Passages of the Bible – Matthew J. Ramage

37 - Resurrection and the Future – David Baird

38 - Ecumenical Apologetics – Archbishop Donald Bolen

Atheism and Culture

39 - The Mirror of Evil – Eleonore Stump

40 - The Argument from Divine Hiddenness – Fr. Gregory Pine, OP

41 - Wokeness and Social Justice – Matthew R. Petrusek