What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Series: The First Principles, The First Principle of Origin Science

It is rather ironic that the previous post on the Real Issue is a debate on whether or not the universe has a purpose.   This week's posting on the First Principles falls in line with the subject matter of the debate with dealing with the First Principle of Origin Science.  So in order to give an answer, we pose the question...

WHAT IS THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF ORIGIN SCIENCE?

It is essential to understand that operation and origin science are connected by a philosophical principle called uniformity (or analogy). With respect to origin science, the uniformity principle states that the present is the key to understanding the past. If present observations indicate that it always takes a certain kind of cause to produce a certain kind of effect, the principle of uniformity tells us that the same kind of event in the past must have had the same kind of cause as observed in the present.

Biblical References: This principle is implied throughout God’s Word with respect to linking present cause and effect to past similar cause and effect. A few examples are as follows:

Luke 17:26 – “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.”

2 Peter 3:4 – “Everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation” (there is uniformity in the world because there is design in the universe).

The past cause (God) of all life and the moral law can be observed through present effects. 


Romans 1:20 – "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

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