5 Minute Apologetics by Ron Rhodes

Ron Rhodes takes 365 most asked questions and provides concise, Biblically grounded answers that are easy to understand and (if used as intended) to memorize. Each day has a topical question, a couple hundred word response, then a Pearl of Wisdom – a take-away focused on why the day’s apologetic devotion was important.

5 Minute Apologetics
by Ron Rhodes
Harvest House

Ron Rhodes is president of Reasoning from the Scriptures, a conservative apologetics and prophecy/ end times ministry, so it should come as no surprise that this book takes a staunchly conservative view of the scriptures when giving answers to some of the most asked questions by skeptics and seekers. Sometimes, a more conservative, literal interpretation than I find to be helpful in witnessing to my friends who are skeptics.

For instance, the sections on Creationism include Day 157: The Days of Genesis 1 where Rhodes makes his belief in the six “literal solar days” the focus of the devotion spending the vast majority of the page on it at the expense of other legitimate options on how to interpret the word we call “day.” On Day 162: Young-Earth Creationism he says of the creation story in Genesis, “No marks of poetry or saga or myth are evident.” This is something I believe most interpreters would disagree with him on. Genesis 1 is very likely written as a poem. Rhodes maintains these views while at the same time stating that “Nature and Science do not conflict. Rather, science… and theology… sometimes conflict. (Day 111: Nature and the Bible)” It would seem that the more logical view in light of that quote (and empirical evidence) that he should have been more generous in showing different orthodox positions within Christianity instead of choosing to focus on only one side in an internal debate.

Another devotion that seem to be focused more on internal disputes than on witnessing to unbelievers is Day 263: Speaking in Tongues, which seems to encourage an intra-Christian debate and includes a straw-man argument about whether or not speaking in tongues is required for salvation – something that almost all Pentecostal groups would say they do not believe.

These criticisms aside the vast majority of the 365 devotions are great apologetic starting points and the concise devotions that take more like 2 minutes instead of 5 are perfectly bite sized for most people. This book is an excellent resource for those who are interested in being able to answer the call of the Bible and Hank Hanegraaff, of the Bible Answer Man, where Ron Rhodes is a guest often:

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:15)

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This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.