Flashcards in Introduction Deck (12):
What is the significance of the three elements of the definition, that Apologetics
1. Is a “branch of christian theology”
2. Seeks to provide a “rational justification”, and
3. Focuses on Christianity’s “truth claims”?
1. It’s supposed to be a part of christian discipleship
2. Christianity is not irrational, there are good reasons for it.
3. It seeks to defend the truth exclusive in Christianity.
What four purposes does Apologetics serve?
2. Show unbelievers the truth of the Christian faith
3. Confirm faith to believers
4. Explore the connection between Christian doctrine and other truths
What three vital roles does Apologetics play?
1. Shaping culture
2. Strengthening believers
3. Evangelizing unbelievers
Why is the argument “no one comes to Christ through arguments” so short-sighted?
Because it goes beyond out immediate evangelistic contact since it helps to create and sustain a culture in which Christianity is seen as an intellectually viable option.
Why is the idea that we live in a post-modern culture a myth?
Because a post-modern culture is an impossibility. People are only relativistic when it comes to religion and ethics; when it comes to science, technology, engineering, medicine, etc. they begin to turn absolutists.
Why is this misdiagnosis of our current cultural situation (post-modernity) potentially so disastrous?
Because it deceives us into voluntarily laying aside our best weapons of logic and evidence.
In what two respects can Apologetics strengthen believers?
1. It safeguards in times of doubts and struggle
2. By giving good reasons to believe it’s a tremendous boost for fearless evangelism
What biblical grounds are there for the use of Apologetics?
The apostles used
1. fulfilled prophecy,
2. Jesus’s miracles and resurrection (Acts 2:22-32).
3. God’s handiwork in nature
4. Eyewitness testimony for the resurrection (Acts 14:17, 17:30)
Why should we not be discouraged if many unbelievers remain unconvinced by our apologetic arguments?
Only a minority responds to the gospel, and a minority of the minority do so for intellectual reasons. Its normal that people remain unconvinced by our arguments the same way they remain unmoved by the cross.
Why should we be concerned about that minority of persons who will respond positively to apologetic arguments?
1. Because every person is precious to God, a person for whom Christ died.
2. This people group, though relatively small, is huge in influence - the most influential in shaping our culture.
List the broad divisions and subdivisions of Apologetics.
Offensive (or Positive) Apologetics: present a positive case for Christianity.
- Natural Theology: arguments for God
- Christian Evidences: arguments for Christ
Defensive (or Negative) Apologetics: to answer objections.
- objections to theism
- objections to biblical theism