apologetics

Repost – Apologetics and Green Eggs and Ham

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I constantly argue that the main opponent against Christianity is not militant atheists (even though they are the loudest) but those who do not care. How do we get those people to care – we put a stone it their shoe as Stand to Reason would put it. In order to do that we need to be alert for a thoughtful conversation/question, to keep asking, and using different approaches – much like the hero in Dr. Seuss’s classic Green Eggs and Ham. To remind us of that strategy below is a parody of that story: (more…)

Apologetics and Green Eggs and Ham

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I constantly argue that the main opponent against Christianity is not militant atheists (even though they are the loudest) but those who do not care. How do we get those people to care – we put a stone it their shoe as Stand to Reason would put it. In order to do that we need to be alert for a thoughtful conversation/question, to keep asking, and using different approaches – much like the hero in Dr. Seuss’s classic Green Eggs and Ham. To remind us of that strategy below is a parody of that story: (more…)

Repost – Arguing into the Kingdom

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One of the main comments that Christian apologists hear from those inside the church is “You can’t argue people into the Kingdom of Heaven.” This is an issue that has been addressed by Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason has in this great letter; but another rejoinder on this common phrase is good.

Is this a new argument against apologetics? Of course not! Augustine wrote in “On Christian Doctrine” that pastors should use the rhetorical arts to strengthen and save those around them. He wrote those collections of essays to essentially fight against that same argument in his day.

What does this objection mean? It means that mere words do nothing to change people. If that is what it means it is false. Of course words are very powerful but not overwhelming, they do not compel people to obey. However, stories were used by Jesus to teach and I think it is safe to say that certain parables like the prodigal son have shown people who God is. Jesus also used apologetics in his discourse – see Luke 7:18-23. (more…)

Repost – Arguing into the Kingdom

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One of the main comments that Christian apologists hear from those inside the church is “You can’t argue people into the Kingdom of Heaven.” This is an issue that has been addressed by Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason has in this great letter; but another rejoinder on this common phrase is good.

Is this a new argument against apologetics? Of course not! Augustine wrote in “On Christian Doctrine” that pastors should use the rhetorical arts to strengthen and save those around them. He wrote those collections of essays to essentially fight against that same argument in his day.

What does this objection mean? It means that mere words do nothing to change people. If that is what it means it is false. Of course words are very powerful but not overwhelming, they do not compel people to obey. However, stories were used by Jesus to teach and I think it is safe to say that certain parables like the prodigal son have shown people who God is. Jesus also used apologetics in his discourse – see Luke 7:18-23. (more…)

Repost – what it means to be an Apologist

Sometimes in the midst of life and all of its battles and struggles we sometimes forget that an apologist and what they face is not like this (which is more often than not how we are perceived… and sadly sometimes are):

but more like this:

Arguing into the Kingdom

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One of the main comments that Christian apologists hear from those inside the church is “You can’t argue people into the Kingdom of Heaven.” This is an issue that has been addressed by Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason has in this great letter; but another rejoinder on this common phrase is good.

Is this a new argument against apologetics? Of course not! Augustine wrote in “On Christian Doctrine” that pastors should use the rhetorical arts to strengthen and save those around them. He wrote those collections of essays to essentially fight against that same argument in his day.

What does this objection mean? It means that mere words do nothing to change people. If that is what it means it is false. Of course words are very powerful but not overwhelming, they do not compel people to obey. However, stories were used by Jesus to teach and I think it is safe to say that certain parables like the prodigal son have shown people who God is. Jesus also used apologetics in his discourse – see Luke 7:18-23. (more…)

The Reliability of Scripture and Party Games

Every once in a while there is a great question that curious students ask. They say something like ‘how can we trust that the Bible matches what was written originally?’ This curiosity may be shaken when they see something like this in a major news publication:

“No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times.  […] Back then, writings from one era could be passed to the next only by copying them by hand. While there were professional scribes whose lives were dedicated to this grueling work, they did not start copying the letters and testaments about Jesus’s time until centuries after they were written. Prior to that, amateurs handled the job.”

Now, this post is not going to directly address what that article says (as there are plenty of places that have done that) but will give a quick exercise on how we can know that the Bible is reliable with a simple party game. (more…)