Exam 1 - Chapter 2 - Biblical Basis for Apologetics
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The ancient and ongoing discipline of defending and advocating Christian theism
The complex of concepts that explain and give meaning to reality from where a person stands, given his ancestries, histories, tuitions and religions.
Christianity cannot be the only way, given so many religions
Apologist for atheistic Darwinism
What does apologetics invoke:
Both rational legitimacy and emotional appeal
The investigation of significant truth claims through rational analysis.
The exercise of untoward or unethical influence on a person
Their conversions wrought through rational arguments:
- John Warwick Montgomery
- and C S Lewis
"come now, let us reason together"
The foundation of apologetics is
the very character of God
Israel was given two rational tests for the prophets:
- 1. If they deny the religion
- 2. If their predictions did not come to pass
Three biblical characters who used apologetics:
- Jesus - Saducees - woman with 7 husbands
- Peter - Ready to give an answer to every man with meakness and fear
- Paul - Epicurians and Stoics - finding common ground - Greek poets
Three steps in apologetics
- Establish common ground with audience
- Distinguish Christian worldview from other philosophies
- Call unbelievers to respond rightly to the truth of Jesus Christ
Cardinal virtue of the apologist
- Animated by the virtues of love
The apologist should pray for:
- Right Words
- The Audience
The goal of Apologetics
Christian Conversion and Intellectual Confidence
Biblically understood conversion
A radical turn away from sin, selfishness and Satan and a turn to God and His kingdom
Conversion is necessarily...
The understanding of what the gospel requires of a persona and on what basis it requires it.
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