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Christian Apologetics – Sixth in the Series

Written by | September, 2011
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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” 1 Peter 3:15

The Uniformity of Nature

How would you respond to the following: “You Christians are so unscientific. Science and religion have nothing to do with each other because science is about facts, and religion is about faith.”

Remember, when defending the Christian faith we will always do an internal critique of the other person’s presuppositions. Because your opponent is not starting with God as the ultimate authority, there will and must be inconsistencies in what he says versus how he lives. These need to be brought to light. Read More…

Christian Apologetics

Written by | August, 2011
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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” 1 Peter 3:15

Morality and Ethics

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

“If God is all-loving, why is there so much evil in the world?”

is a common enough question asked to a Christian. After all, people generally know that God is claimed to be ‘good,’ yet they do see bad things in this world (disease, hunger, war, death, and so on). Read More…

Worldviews in Conflict

Written by | July, 2011
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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” 1 Peter 3:15

“Whoever is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30a)

Because God is our Creator, because Christ is our Savior, and because as Christians we are new creations by the Holy Spirit, our worldview is dominated by God. There is no reason to budge even an inch from this. Read More…

Christian Apologetics – 3

Written by | June, 2011
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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” 1 Peter 3:15

Introduction To Worldviews

“I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14)

In articles so far we’ve seen that there is no neutral ground between the Christian and the non-Christian. This means that we will defend Christianity as a whole and complete system, and we will set it against any other (2 Corinthians 10:5).

But what exactly is a worldview?

A worldview is a network of presuppositions or foundational commitments that a person has. These commitments are not tested by natural science. They guide one’s thinking and hold the highest authority in one’s life. If one’s core presuppositions were to change, then one’s whole view of life would change with it. Read More…

Christian Apologetics

Written by | May, 2011
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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” 1 Peter 3:15

The Myth of Neutrality

I was in a discussion with an atheist and we both realized that the conversation seemed to be going nowhere. I had my beliefs and he had his.

To further the conversation, he suggested that we should both become neutral to our respective beliefs as our starting point for finding the truth. Read More…

Christian Apologetics

Written by | April, 2011
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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” 1 Peter 3:15

What it is and is not

The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia which means defense. Just as the Lutheran Reformers wrote the Apology to the Augsburg Confession to defend what they wrote in the Augsburg Confession, so the Christian’s calling includes defending his belief in God and His Word.  Even more so, the Lord wants His people to always be ready to do this important work. Read More…

Editor’s Note – Christian Apologetics

Written by | April, 2011
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* From the editor —

Editor Note on Christian Apologetics by Jamie Arndt

Mr. James Arndt, a graduate of Immanuel Lutheran College, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, taught for some years in our Christian Day Schools. He and his wife Rachel with their children Caleb and Audrey reside in Madison, Wisconsin, where they are members of our CLC congregation, Peace Thru Christ Lutheran Church and School, in Middleton, WI.

Perhaps our readers have noticed that within the wider “Christian” camp these days there appears to be an increasing interest in the subject of apologetics. For example, various seminars on “Christian Apologetics” have been advertised by other church denominations and have been and are being held across the land.

I think it’s safe to say that most of us, including your editor, have rarely given much thought to this particular branch of theology. Yet we have thought much—and preached much—about how Jesus’ disciples have the calling and privilege to witness to their Savior and His gospel, including defending the teachings of God’s Word and their Christian faith based on that Word. Such “witness” and/or “defense” of the faith is a form of apologetics.

That said, religious encyclopedias, dictionaries, and the like have quite a bit more to say on the topic. Here are some excerpts from one such: “Christian Apologetics is the scientific vindication of the truth and absoluteness of the Christian religion against unbelief…The term ‘Apology’ denotes an argument in defense of a doctrine that has been attacked…The philosophical approach vindicates such fundamentals of Christianity as the doctrine of God, of man’s ethical obligation, and the like, on the basis of pure reason….” (Lutheran Cyclopedia, p. 41f).

Indeed, it can be a challenging—and yes, spiritually dangerous—undertaking to defend the faith “on the basis of pure reason.” However, a Bible-believing and thus Bible-based Christian apologist/defender of the faith recognizes the dangers and carefully steers clear of them.

As is clear in his accompanying first article, Mr. Arndt wants to lead us carefully through some of the finer points of a truly Christian approach toward apologetics. We thank him for his willingness to share these thought-provoking studies with us.

May God the Holy Spirit bless each of us with a more confident and thus an even more bold witness to and defense of our holy Christian faith.

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