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Lee Strobel: We're on Cusp of Golden Era of Apologetics
Jan. 23, 2011 - Popular Christian Apologist Lee Strobel told the Christian Post that there is an upsurge of interest in apologetics. It
is a reaction to a growing number of attacks against Christianity by so-called New Atheists, radical scholars, critical authors, and skeptical
The result is that young people are dropping out of church at five or six times the historic rate. However, as one recent magazine headline said,
"Apologetics Makes a Comeback Among Youth." In formal debates scholars as William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, William Dembski, Stephen Meyer,
and others are showing how credible Christianity is.
- All of these trends have awakened a sleeping giant – Christian apologetics, or the defense of the faith. We're seeing apologetics books
on the New York Times bestsellers list. Schools like Biola University and its Talbot School of Theology, which are leaders in apologetics,
are filled to capacity.
Another strong trend is "relational apologetics." This is the process of having helpful dialogue with people who have questions about Christianity.
In addition, many churches have begun to offer apologetics conferences, and there are good apologetics sites on the Internet.
- Source: Christian Post
Apologetics Makes a Comeback Among Youth
- Aug. 31, 2011 - For the past two decades, relational evangelism has been the key to successful youth ministries
but today there is a return to using apologetics to counter uncertainty among the younger crowd. A new study by
the Center for the Study of Youth and Religion at the University of Notre Dame indicates that 12 percent of 13- to
17-year-olds say they are "unsure" of their religious beliefs, and 41 percent of Protestant teens agree that
morals are relative. Christian Smith, director of the center says,
- "[Their] faith is more about meeting emotional needs than an ideology. This is the product of "an
overwhelmingly relativistic and privatized cultural climate," he said, as well as "youth leaders who have not
challenged that climate."
- Source: Christianity Today
- Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood - National
Study of Youth and Religion
- Worldview Ministries - Sean McDowell
- Dare 2 Share Ministries - Greg Stier
Christian Freedoms At Risk!
Apr. 20, 2010 - Two current issues challenge the freedom of Christian expression. The first is a Supreme Court case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. If they loose, the Christian Legal Society's (CLS) on-campus chapter at Hastings College of the Law (University of California)cannot make its leaders sign a statement of faith to abstain from "unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle."
The second issue is a U.S. House of Representatives measure, called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act or "ENDA." The bill would forbid employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. If passed, the law would require Christian churches and businesses with 15 employees or more to hire homosexuals and others whose belief system do not correspond to the views of the Christian organization.
Details are given in the following articles:
- The End of Religious Freedom? - Christianity Today
- Could Gay Protections Trump Religious Freedom? - CBN
Let's Argue the Truth of Our Ideas
Dr. John Mark Reynolds - The Torrey Honors Institute
Mar. 1, 2010 - Dr. Reynolds explains that American foreign policy treats religion as if it were a matter of opinion, and therefore not necessary to consider in their deliberations. He says,
He explains that an effective negotiator will begin by learning what his opposite believes. He should consider whether his foe might be right. If he is sure that his own beliefs are right he should argue his position, and negotiate so that two groups that disagree may still live in peace.
- We think we are being kind to religions to ignore them in the market-place-of-ideas, but the reality is that it too often allows people's real concerns and reasons for their opinions to go unaddressed.
- Source: Crosswalk
Happy Heretic Hunting!
Aug. 3, 2009 - This is reprint of an article by Jim Rogers, a minister who writes weekly messages called "R-Tickles" for the Herald Citizen in Cookeville, Tn.
It is a humorous piece about the over-zealous critics of our generation. They boldly attack all who may disagree with them about minor issues. Jim quips,"My weapons are a sharp tongue, a dull intellect and a hyper-critical mind-set. I'm a heretic hunter."
The problem with many modern witch-hunters is that they ignore Proverbs 6:16-18. It says,
I know; you’re waiting for me to define heresy. Here it is. Mark it well. Take it to the bank. Heresy is any belief contrary to mine. Now, while that may seem simple, to me it is profound.
- "There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers."
- Source: Crosswalk
Being a Teacher of the Nations
June 17, 2009 - Knowing Christ Today, a new book by Dallas Willard argues that pastors need to rise to a higher role as "Teacher of the Nations." Our culture says, "Don't impose your values on me." But they don't say, "Don't impose your zoology or algebra or calculation of interest rates on me." The reality of right and wrong is not being taught by universities, the media, pop psychology, or corporations. The need of this generation is for pastors to be equipped with Bible knowledge and to be powerful teachers of morality.
- Source: John Ortberg - Christianity Today
The Changing Face of Apologetics
June 12, 2009 -
In the new book, The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus, Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg explain that the traditional methods of evangelism and apologetics do not work anymore.
Josh McDowell had a powerful ministry on college campuses, describing why it is intellectually reasonable to trust the Bible. Gradually the crowds shrank, and he didn't know why. So he switched a story approach. He explains why and how his life was changed by becoming a Christian. Strobel says,
He also recommends small evangelistic groups like The Alpha Course and Neighborhood Bible Studies to reach non-believers in a personal way.
- That's what my ministry is about. I tell my story: I was an atheist. I scoffed. My wife became a Christian. It prompted me to investigate. Here's the evidence I found, how I received Christ, the difference it's made. It's a story.
- Source: Christianity Today
Christianity: Declining or Growing?
Easter, 2009 - The secular media made its annual attack on Christianity last week, led by Newsweek' Cover story: The Decline and Fall of Christianity in America. Fox News joined Christian commentators on the issue all week, and publicized a new book called "God is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World." - Full Story
Why Apologetics? Reasons for Defending the Faith
- By Norman L. Geisler, Ph.D.
Dr. Geisler gives biblical and philosophical reasons why we should defend our Christian beliefs. He explains that it helps people decide to believe in Christ.
- Source: Focus on the Family
Questions And Links For Apologetics
These are some of the questions that are asked about this topic. Click on the links to find helpful teaching and resources from Christian Apologists.
- What is apologetics?
- Definition from Biola Christian Apologetics Program. This page also includes a list of reasons why one would want to study apologetics.
- What apologetics events are coming up in the near future?
- Events scheduled by Biola's Christian Apologetics Program
- "Apologetics"- Conservapedia
- ABOUT APOLOGETICS - List of Apologetics sites from Apologetics Central
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