An Invitation to Apologetic Adventure and Warfare
- A Passion for Truth
1. “The truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32)
2. Truth under fire: pluralism (2 Corinthians 8:4-6); false worldviews (atheism) and religion (Islam)
3. Do you care about God’s truth? (Acts 17:16)
4. Jesus is the Truth Incarnate, only Mediator (John 14:6; 1 Tim. 2:5)
- What is Apologetics?
1. Making the case that Christianity is objectively true, rational, and pertinent to all of life (1 Peter 3:15-16; Jude 3; Acts 17:16-34)
2. Loving God with all of our mind (Matthew 22:37-40)
3. Part of the Great Commission adventure to disciple the nations (Matthew 28:18-20)
4. Part of spiritual warfare (Acts 13:1-12; Ephesians 6:10-19)
- Issues in Apologetic Engagement
1. Be filled with the Holy Spirit to have a knowledgeable zeal for God’s glory and the salvation of the lost (Acts 1:8; Romans 9:1-3)
2. Be wise as a serpent, innocent as a dove, bold as a lion (Matthew 10:16; Proverbs 28:1)
3. Argue for the objective truth of Christianity (as a worldview), not just a lifestyle or a relative truth (Romans 3:4)
4. Understand the worldview of the person you are addressing (Acts 17:16-34)
5. Find logical and factual holes in their worldview: relativism, pantheism, Islam, etc. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
6. Build bridges from their worldview to the Christian worldview (Acts 17:16-34)
- Four circles of Christian evidence (quick survey)
1. Cosmology: evidence for creation and design from science (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-21)
2. Biology: evidence for design from science (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-21)
3. History: strong historical evidence for the reliability of the Bible, especially the testimony about Jesus Christ (Luke 1:1-4)
4. Existential: the meaning that Christ gives to life (Blaise Pascal)
a. Understanding our uniqueness as human beings made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26)
b. Understanding ourselves as rebels against God (Genesis 3; Romans 3)
c. Knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (John 3:16-18; 10:10)
Resources on Apologetics
1. William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith, 3rd ed. (Crossway, 2008). In-depth work defending Christianity scientifically, philosophically, and historically by a leading philosopher and debater. Also, see his web page: Reasonable Faith: www.reasonablefaith.org.
2. Douglas Groothuis, Truth Decay: Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism (InterVarsity Press, 2000).
3. Douglas Groothuis, On Jesus and On Pascal, both
4. Doug Groothuis web page: www.DougGroothuis.com
Apologetics articles by Doug Groothuis: http://www.denverseminary.edu/become-a-student/master-of-arts-degree-programs/ma-with-a-major-in-philosophy-of-religion/articles-by-dr-douglas-groothuis
5. Doug Groothuis, Christian Apologetics. InterVarsity Press, forthcoming, August, 2011.