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Narrative Apologetics

Sharing the Relevance, Joy, and Wonder of the Christian Faith

by Alister E. McGrath

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Looking at apologetics through the lens of narratology, Alister E. McGrath explores four key biblical narratives and the ways they have shaped stories, and faith, since.

  • For readers with an interest in faith and story

  • You'll discover new ways of telling the Christian story

  • Alister McGrath helps you speak truth in the language of narrative

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    Alister E. McGrath

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    Baker Publishing Group

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    October 2019

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Narrative Apologetics

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The Bible is a narrative--the story of God's creation, humankind's fall, and God's plan of redemption. And it is filled with countless smaller stories that teach us about people, history, and the nature of God. It's no surprise that God would choose to reveal himself to us in story--after all, he hardwired us for story. Despite this, we so often attempt to share our faith with others not through story but through systems, arguments, and talking points--methods that appeal only to our mind and neglect our imagination and our emotions.

In this groundbreaking book, scholar and author Alister McGrath lays a foundation for narrative apologetics. Exploring four major biblical narratives, enduring stories from our culture such as Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, and personal narratives from people such as Augustine of Hippo and Chuck Colson, McGrath shows how we can both understand and share our faith in terms of story.

1. Introducing Narrative Apologetics

Why Stories Matter

Why Facts Are Not Enough

Why Apologetics Matters

The Rationality of Faith

Narratives, Intelligibility, and Meaning

Christianity as a “Big Picture”

Christianity as a “Story of a Larger Kind”

2. The Theological Foundations of Narrative Apologetics

H. Richard Niebuhr on the Retrieval of Narrative

The Consolidation of Narrative Theology

The “Image of God”: A Theological Interpretation of Storytelling

Understanding or Coping? The Question of Suffering

  1. The Practical Application of Narrative Apologetics

Meeting Objections: God as a Projection

Explaining Significance: Narrating the Incarnation

Translation and Transposition: Visualizing Sin

4. Biblical Narratives: Opening Windows of Perception

The Story of the Exodus: The Hope of Deliverance

The Story of the Exile: Where Do We Really Belong?

The Story of Jesus Christ: Rendering the Love of God

A Parable of the Kingdom: What Do We Really Desire?

5. Strategies and Criteria for Narrative Apologetics

Strategies for Narrative Apologetics

Telling a Better Story

Seeing the Christian Story as a Metanarrative

Offering Criticism of Rival Narratives

Criteria of Relevance for Narrative Apologetics

Offering a Realistic Account of Our World

Creating Space for the Reader

Making Sense of Our Existence

  1. The Christian Story and the Meaning of Life

Meaning and Function: A Crucial Distinction

Personal Narratives: The Embodiment of Meaning

The Christian Narrative and the Disclosure of Meaning

Identity: Who Am I?

Value: Do I Matter?

Purpose: Why Am I Here?

Agency: Can I Make a Difference?

  1. Handing Over: Developing Narrative Approaches to Apologetics

Using Biblical Narratives

Using Personal Narratives

Using Cultural Narratives


Alister E. McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University and director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. He holds Oxford doctorates in the natural sciences, intellectual history, and Christian theology. McGrath has written extensively on the interaction of science and Christian theology and is the author of many books, including Mere Discipleship, Mere Apologetics, and the award-winning C. S. Lewis--A Life. McGrath also serves as the Gresham Professor of Divinity, a public professorship in the City of London, established in 1597, that promotes the public engagement of theology with the leading issues of the day.


  • Author

    Alister E. McGrath

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  • Publisher

    Baker Publishing Group

  • Published

    October 2019

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    150 x 227 x 13 mm

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  • Author/Creator: Alister E. McGrath

  • ISBN: 9780801075773

  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

  • Release Date: October 2019

  • Weight: 250g

  • Dimensions: 150 x 227 x 13 mm

  • Eden Code: 4968034


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