Welcome to part 2 of my review of the 2005 edition of Avery Dulles’ book A History of Apologetics. First published in 1971, Dulles’ work is arguably the most substantial of its kind (see part 1). This week I will summarize each of the book’s seven chapters.
What can present-day Christian apologists learn from the apologetics masters of the past? Undoubtedly quite a lot, but works that carefully catalogue the history of Christian apologetics are rare. Such exceptionalism is likely due to the fact that the author must possess substantial scholarly competence in several academic fields, including theology, philosophy, history, culture, and even science.