Apologetics- Chapter 4
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What strategies or methods emerge from Peter's Pentecost speech to the Jews?
Peter first demonstrates that Jesus meets the specific expectations of Israel. Second, he appeals to specific authorities. And third, he uses language and terminology readily accepted and understood by his audience.
"________________ is a vital and distinct function in the armory of the Christian apologist."
An appeal to history
What are the limitations of "historical apologetics"?
Historical apologetics is vulnerable. It details events; the gospel concerns an interpretation of events. The big questions of life concern the meaning of events, not just the events themselves.
How is the "crossing of the Rubicon" story helpful?
The Rubicon river needs to be looked at with the knowledge that its crossing would have been considered a declaration of war. It shows the importance of understanding an event's historical significance.
Who is Aratus? So what?
An Athenian poet who was widely regarded as one of the great cultural icons of his day. His words helped reinforce Paul's point about God being close to hand.
What strategies or methods emerge from Paul's Athens Sermon?
He adapted the proclamation of the gospel to a local audience. He cited a local authority (Aratus), a local landmark (alter), and connected Athenian ideas about the presence of the divine in the natural order.
What strategies or methods emerge from Paul's Legal Speeches to the Romans? [Acts 24-26?] What is its relevance to our apologetic situation today?
Paul followed the "rules of engagement" laid down by Roman legal custom. He appeals to Roman rules of evidences, which he uses to outmaneuver his opponents. He also sets out clearly the things that he believes. The point is that Paul knew how Roman courts assessed evidence and was able to work with the grain of the system.
For Paul, what was one of the best defenses of the Christian faith?
What we think is supremely ______ is a human being.
How much was Rubens' Massacre of the Innocents painting sold for?
76.7 million dollars
Human beings are of _______ value and worth.
Christianity is an invitation to full _________.
Christians don't _______ light, they ______ with light.
What is joy?
A pervading sense that all things will ultimately be made right by God.
The __________ is one of the greatest facts and _________ of human history.
"The kingdom of God is the _____ of God's effective ______ in the world." -Dallas Willard
The _____ establishes your worth and value as a human being.