10 Ways the Bible Uses Apologetics
Apologetics is how we logically and philosophically justify our beliefs in the Bible and Jesus. These arguments draw from a wide range of fields and use a variety of persuasive techniques.
Does the Bible itself provide a universal, context-free, step-by-step apologetic system we can apply to any and every apologetic situation? No. But it does offer tools and principles we can apply to our current cultural location, enabling us to think biblically about apologetics.
In their online course, Apologetics at the Cross, Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen explore how the Bible creates persuasive arguments, showcasing methods, strategies, and principles that can shape our own arguments and reasoning today.
The following post is adapted from their course.
1. The cross is the best argument for Christianity
If ever there has been a proof-text against apologetics, it…
What Is Presuppositional Apologetics?
Presuppositional apologetics is one of the four main approaches to apologetics, along with classical, evidential, and experiential or narratival apologetics. Each of these approaches places a different emphasis on the roles of reason and special revelation (such as Scripture or miracles) in apologetics.
Presuppositionalists are not very optimistic, if not altogether negative, about what reason apart from special revelation can achieve. Presuppositionalism asserts that reasoning does not take place in a vacuum; rather,…
What Are the Top 10 Problems People Have with God?
Whether because of #FakeNews or post-modern relativism, our post-truth world posses a significant challenge to Christians who want to share their faith.
How does one speak into and reach a culture like that with the gospel?
Good question, one pastor Mark Clark takes on in his new book, The Problem of God, a handbook answering skeptics’ challenges to Christianity. Each chapter addresses one of the top ten God questions of our present age culled from a popular sermon series. Nearly a thousand skeptics showed up for it and never left. Clark thinks he knows why:
[B]ecause Christianity answered their questions, and their longings, better than anything else. They saw that it presents a rational and…
10 New Online Courses Announced
Whatever you want to learn—and however you desire to grow—we want to make sure there’s an online course for you.
That’s why, in addition to the online courses already available, we’re releasing ten new courses in the next few months:
Ancient Languages Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, taught by Daniel Wallace Reading Biblical Greek, taught by Constantine R. Campbell Basics of Classical Syriac, taught by Steven C. Hallam Biblical Studies Galatians, taught by Thomas R. Schreiner The Message of the Prophets, taught by J. Daniel Hays The Torah Story, taught by Gary Schnittjer Thinking Through Paul, taught by Todd Still and Bruce W. Longenecker Church History Church History 2: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day, taught by Frank A. James, III and John…
Extracurricular Activities 3.28.15 — Marcion, Christian Stoicism, & Transhumanism
Yesterday, I began a conversation with Nancy Pearcey about her new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. Today, we continue this discussion and focus on the benefits and limits of worldview training.
Trevin Wax: James K. A. Smith makes the case that worldview analysis isn’t enough when it comes to discipleship, since we are formed by cultural liturgies, not just philosophical beliefs. What are the limits of worldview training?
In my two previous guest blog posts (here and here) considering Marcion’s Gospel, I focused predominantly on issues of reconstructing this text, highlighting, first, problematic issues in Markus Vinzent’s new monograph and, second, the most important methodological considerations when…
A Skeptic’s Guide to History’s Most Popular Book — An Excerpt from “A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible”
And skeptical. The recent Newsweek Christmas cover story bears witness to this.
Mostly people just don’t know what to make of the Bible. They wonder, “How does this book know that about me? How does it know that about our world—especially when it was written so long ago?”
John Dickson hopes to guide the fascinated and intrigued, skeptical and curious alike with his new book A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible.
It’s an ambitious project, to be sure, because what he offers is “a snapshot of the worldview and lifestyle the Bible inspires;” it’s a “‘biblical primer’ for those who aren’t sure what to make of the Bible.” (11)
Wednesday Giveaway – Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources
**UPDATE 8/23/13—The winner of this giveaway is Chris Nyland, who said questions about the Bible were among the most common objections he hears to the Christian faith. Thanks to every body else for sharing!
Where do you turn when you encounter challenges and objections to the Christian faith? What resource do you give your people—in the pew or classroom—to help them give an answer for the hope they have in Christ?
It's called Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources, and it makes available over 50 key primary source selections that address…
Wallace and Ehrman debate the reliability of the New Testament Text
The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) is proud to announce the SMU Debate between two noted New Testament scholars, Dr. Bart D. Ehrman and Dr. Daniel B. Wallace. The debate will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 7 PM in the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium at Southern Methodist University.
Ehrman and Wallace will debate the reliability of the text of the New Testament, with a focus on providing a general audience with insider information regarding one of the most significant pieces of literature ever written.
Dr. Ehrman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, is a New York Times bestselling author who has published over 20 books. His book, Misquoting Jesus: The Story behind…
Academics serving the Church: Jonathan Morrow
How can the Academy best serve the local church?
This question simply isn’t considered often enough. The unfortunate truth is that the academy’s role in the local church is easily forgotten or misconstrued by all involved. But as disciples of Christ, and as passionate academics, it’s a fundamental question for us to reflect on.
Each week we bring you a new video of a Zondervan Academic author answering this question. This week we feature Jonathan Morrow, blogger and author at www.ThinkChristianly.org
Jonathan Morrow is the founder of www.thinkChristianly.org. He is the author of Think Christianly:Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture. He graduated with an M.Div. and an M.A. in philosophy of…
The Ehrman Project – Explaining not Attacking
I have to admit when I first heard about a project to address the works of Bart Ehrman I was a bit wary. There are more than enough attack blogs out there. The vitriol from them isn’t helping to do anything but shut down real dialogue, and make those who already agree with the blogger feel more secure in their rightness.
The Ehrman Project isn’t like that though. It’s not about attacking professor Ehrman, in fact it’s quite complementary towards him as a person and a scholar. Instead it offers a counterpoint to the influential arguments that Ehrman has presented about textual criticism, the history of the Church, and the problem of evil.
Scholars such as D.A. Carson, Alvin Plantinga, and Ben Witherington have contributed videos and texts that take these issues and present another way…
Why a Virgin Birth?
"What is the theological significance of the virginal conception? Some have argued it was necessary to protect Jesus’ sinless nature, but the narratives themselves do not indicate this purpose. The Messiah could have entered human life free from sin with or without a virginal conception…
In the final analysis, the details remain a mystery. What is certain from the text is that the conception of Jesus was a supernatural act of God, confirming that God himself was about to accomplish the salvation which no human being could achieve.”
– from Four Portraits, One Jesus by Mark L. Strauss
What about you? What do you say when someone asks why a virgin birth?
Wednesday Giveaway (Thanksgiving Edition) – Keller and Wright DVDs
This week we have something of a special giveaway. Two of our more recent products are a pair of DVD sessions based on The Reason for God by Tim Keller and Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright, and as we head into Thanksgiving our two winners will receive both the DVD series of their choice and the accompanying participants guide.
In The Reason for God pastor and author Timothy Keller meets with a group of people over six sessions to address their doubts and objections to Christianity. Using literature, philosophy, real-life experiences, and the Bible, Keller and the…