Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review of Defence of the Truth by Michael Haykin

Author: Michael Haykin

Pages: 150pgs

Publisher: Evangelical Press

Price: 8.15

Genre: Church History

Quick Summary:

Defence of the Truth is an amazing idea. Professor Haykin has taken incidents from the early church and has attempted to apply their apologetics to our modern culture. This book serves as a fun overview of some of the key early heresies but also teaches contemporary readers how to engage in apologetics. Wonderful idea.

What I Liked:

This is a really fun read. Dr. Haykin introduces to the original sources and interacts with them in a way that is helpful for engaging in contemporary discussions. In each chapter there is a section on “lessons” and also further reading, this makes this short book pack a greater punch than its 150 page confinement. It is helpful and attention grabbing throughout.

What I Disliked:

Canadian misspellings, like “defence” instead of “defense”. Just kidding. The only “dislike” that I really have is that I would have liked more pointed, as well as lengthier, lessons to be learned from the early church discussions. The “lessons” sections are often really small and I think Dr. Haykin has far more to offer. Adding another 30-50 pages to the book would still make it a shorter book and I think more helpful.

Should You Buy It?

It’s a really great read. It is informative and helpful. There were times when I was deeply humbled by the way that those in the early church engaged in apologetics. There were times when I was also deeply encouraged. This book is well written and deserves to be on your shelf. For only 8.00 it’s well worth your money.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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