Apologetics- Chapter 2
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What is "modernity"? How does McGrath describe it?
Modernity was the dominant cultural environment of the West from about 1750 to 1960. This outlook was shaped by a belief in a universal human reason, common to all people and times, capable of gaining access to the deeper structures of the world. Rational argument became the trusted tool of this cultural age. Argument was the way in.
What were the weaknesses or "gaps" in modernity? (What did it neglect?)
They neglected the relational, imaginative, and existential aspects of faith.
What is the "hallmark of good apologetics"? What is your specific audience?
An ability to engage specific audiences. My specific audience is my peers.
What sort of world do individuals and Christians now inhabit? What does McGrath mean by this world? Do you recognize it as he describes it?
A postmodern world. The growing cultural belief that modernity had failed and needed to be corrected. Yes, I believe that our world has changed as he described it.
"We have to connect _________, not with __________."
With where people are; where we think they ought to be.
What is the most distinctive feature of postmodernism? How does the author define this feature?
Its rejection of uniformitarianism, the insistence that there is only one right way of thinking and only one right way of behaving.
What does postmodernism celebrate? What opportunities and challenges does this kind of thinking represent?
It celebrates diversity
What is "incarnational apologetics"? Why has it become so influential?
Incarnational apologetics emphasizes the apologetic importance of faithful living.
What is an "outsider perspective" on faith?
Asking how an unbeliever might respond to core aspects of the gospel instead of focusing on the kind of discussions Christians might have among themselves.
Felix has the _____ of a king, but the _______ of a slave.
Who was Rene Descartes?
A mathematician and philosopher who said "I think, therefore I am."
What is "scientism"?
The worship of science.
The teleological argument is the argument from ________.
Hebrews gave us our _______ categories.
Greeks gave us our _________ categories.
Romans gave us our ______ categories.
The Hebrews found their epitome in ______.
For the Greeks it was ___________.
For the Romans it was ______.
We do not bring to people a set of laws- we bring them a ________.
The ultimate apologetic is...
not just the point of reference, relevance or disturbance, but how you wear His coat.