Archives / 2014 / June

Is Apologetics Elitist?

Of late, an accusation has been raised in response to one of my projects that appeal to the expertise of scholars is somehow “elitist” — as though it means that God left some things not understandable to the common man. I’ve had that accusation also thrown at me as an apologist. I’ll illustrate that with a personal example. There was a trying time not long ago for my ... »

Clarifying Apologetics: Pt. 3

Part Three: An Alternative Understanding of Apologetics. At the forefront of this essay series I said: I want to try to bring a bit of clarity to the term “apologetics”. More precisely: I want to try to bring a bit of clarity, not primarily to the way the word “apologetics” is commonly used, not primarily to the task that historical apologists have most focused on, but to the normative question, H... »

An Illustratuion of "Copycat" Logic

A recent news story from my neck of the woods offers a handy illustration of a sort of poor argument method that characterizes many critics I know — ranging from “copycat” Christ theorists to those who adhere to the “Mark stole from Homer” thesis.  ***  The dome atop downtown Tampa’s SunTrust tower honors sports teams and special events with its multicolored, digital ... »

What Does the Bible Say About the Nature of Satan?

What Does the Bible Say About the Nature of Satan?

Like other claims of the Christian worldview, the existence of a subordinate, personal, evil being can be argued without relying on the Biblical record. But while it is reassuring to note our faith is reasonable and logical, natural revelation does have its limits. The clearest and fullest claims related to the nature of Satan come not from our reasoning ability, but from the Word of God. The Bibl... »

Clarifying Apologetics: Part 2 of 3

Part Two: Is Contemporary Apologetics A Departure From Early Apologetics? In the previous essay I suggested that the understanding of the task of apologetics that best comports with the historical origins of the “Christian apologist” was something like this: to discover, and provide others with, reasons which would demonstrate belief in the creedal claims of the Christian faith to be rationally ju... »

Clarifying Apologetics: Pt. 1 of 3

In the next few essays I want to try to bring a bit of clarity to the term “apologetics”. More precisely: I want to try to bring a bit of clarity, not primarily to the way the word “apologetics” is commonly used, not primarily to the task that historical apologists have most focused on, but to the normative question, How should we understand apologetics? If – as the Church has believed ̵... »

Individualism, Secularized Society, and the Meaning of Life: Pt. 5

In my last post, I looked at some of the causes of the rise of ‘the affirmation of ordinary life’; in this post I discuss what implications this rise has for social ethics (public morality) as well as in what this ‘ordinary life’ consist. As Taylor suggests, ‘Expressive individuation has become one of the cornerstones of modern culture [wherein the] fully significant life is the one which is self-... »

Individualism, Secularized Society, and the Meaning of Life: Pt. 4

Modern mass media, which celebrates certain ‘images of life’, as well as global consumer capitalism, which conduces a single-mindedness toward personal comfort, have helped to create a kind of instrumental society – where utilitarianism reigns supreme – which in turns gives way to what Charles Taylor calls the ‘affirmation of ordinary life’ (cf. Sources of the Self). A key way to understanding thi... »

Individualism, Secularized Society, and the Meaning of Life: Pt. 3

A third problem with a completely secularized society, in addition to (i) conceptual incoherence and (ii) performative impossibility, is the problem of community. Given the highly individualized and fragmentary nature of late modern life, the communities which moderns seek to create are ones which are never ‘greater than the sum of its parts’ (Bauman, In Search of Politics, p. 47). That is, these ... »

Defining Inerrancy

For today I’d just like to “reblog” a review of an e-book I wrote, with Nick Peters, titled Defining Inerrancy. The last two posts I wrote here were developed from chapters in it. Dr. Daniel Wallace was kind enough to write a positive review, for which we heartily thank him! »

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