Set Forth Your Case – Paper #1

In July of this year I am attending (Lord willing!) the RZIM Oxford Summer School for Christian Apologetics.  You should check out what these folks are all about HERE (Summer school), HERE (the OCCA) and HERE (RZIM).  As you might be able to infer from this website, I am pretty stoked about this!  However, at this point in the game I am not exactly an expert in the discipline of Christian Apologetics.  In order to get in “game shape” so to speak, I have been working on some assignments from my dad (an author, family therapist, and pastor since the late 70’s).  The first assignment was to read the book Set Forth Your Case by Clark Pinnock and to write a 1-2 page response to each of the chapters.  It might be a little hard to follow what’s going on without reading the chapters for yourself, but I wanted to share the work I did on these anyway.  So, that being said, here is paper #1… Continue reading

The Apologist’s Imperative

So my dad gave me an assignment the other day…

Title: The Apologist’s Imperative
Subject: Wittgenstein’s famous statement, “If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.”
Tools and hints: 1) Contextualization and 2) Meta-communication

It was a perfect topic for me to wrestle with because, well, essentially, it relates perfectly to my intended purpose for this site.  So, here’s what I came up with…let me know what you think!!

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Apologetics is the theological discipline concerned with producing systematic, well-reasoned arguments that defend the divinity and authority of Christianity.  An imperative is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “an obligatory act or duty.”  We are therefore concerning ourselves here with discussing the essential, necessary responsibility of anyone who claims Christ – that is, how do we effectively communicate the Gospel message of salvation to the world? Continue reading