Apologetics- Chapter 1
Terms in this set (22)
How does McGrath define apologetics on page 11?
The field of Christian thought that focuses on the justification of the core themes of the Christian faith and its effective communication to the non-Christian world.
What is "engagement"?
Encouraging Christians to interact with the ideas of our culture rather than running away from them or pretending that they can be ignored.
What three things does apologetics celebrate and proclaim?
1. Intellectual Solidity (real ideas, not just your opinion)
3. Spiritual Depth
What is apologetics not?
Apologetics is NOT a defensive and hostile reaction against the world, but it is a welcome opportunity to exhibit, celebrate, and display the treasure chest of the Christian faith.
What is the call of the Great Commision to every Christian?
A command and a promise.
What is the command and the promise of the Great Commission?
Command- "Go and make disciples of all nations"
Promise- "Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age"
Why should the gospel be difficult? Why shouldn't the gospel be difficult?
If the gospel is to cause difficulty, it must be on account of its intrinsic nature and content, not the manner in which it is proclaimed. It is one thing for the gospel to give offense; it is quite another for its defenders to cause offense by unwise choice of language or an aggressive and dismissive attitude toward outsiders.
What are the three main tasks of the apologist?
Why is the first task called "defending"? What does this task involve?
Here, the apologist sets out to find the barriers to faith. It involves answering questions, concerns, and anxieties.
What is the task of "commending"? To what does McGrath compare it?
The apologist will try to allow the full wonder and brilliance of the Christian faith to be understood and appreciated. McGrath compares it to a treasure chest.
How can we translate core ideas of the Christian faith into the cultural dialect?
Biblical terms need to be explained and interpreted if they are to resonate with where people are today.
Apologetics is _________, where evangelism is ________.
German philosopher who reasoned that Christianity's emphasis on the afterlife makes its believers less able to cope with earthly life. He argued that the ideal human, the Ubermensch, would be able to channel passions creatively instead of suppressing them.
The belief that traditional morals, ideas, beliefs, etc., have no worth or value: the belief that a society's political and social institutions are so bad that they should be destroyed.
Three Aspects of Evil
1.The fact of evil (objective moral law)
2.The face of evil (responsibility)
3.The feeling of evil (response)
Who was Timothy McVeigh?
A guy who drove a van of explosives in front of a federal building in Oklahoma city. He was a terrorist against the US government.
"The legitimacy of _______ is expected by us."
First concept of language
God has spoken to us to remind us that feelings are a vital part of our being, but always to condition them and bring to them information.
What does Ravi suggest in getting our emotions under control?
To prepare your heart first thing in the morning before you do anything else. That way you start off the day with a heart that is conditioned by Him.
We take an _________ look and we see the legitimacy of _______.
We take an _______ look and see our _________.
What question arose in Elie Wiesel's mind as he watched the gallows? What answer came to him?
Where are you God in all of this? Right in the gallows.