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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A Biblical Response to the Question: Are There Modern Day Apostles?

Just a few days ago I was talking with a friend about a local group, rooted in the new apostolic reformation, and was asked if for my thoughts on "modern day apostles."[1] Now one has to clarify what the word "apostle" so that we understand the question. For example does the word, apostle mean a reference to the "office" going back to the New Testament period or does it mean just a practical application of one who is a messenger. Since the question pertained to the office like that of the New Testament Apostolic office this posting will address the question from this angle.

Simply stated, the answer to this question as it pertains to the New Testament office is a resounding, "NO!" However, I will not let it go there. Allow me to defend this position and why there is no apostolic office in the church of the Third Millennium. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Why Do Christians Need Apologetics?

"What are you apologizing for?" "What is apologetics?" These are some of the popular questions I get from believers who have been in church most of their life. Sometimes when I ask a young person, "why are you a Christian?" I get answers like,

"My parents raised me that way." 
"Because I have prayed a prayer for salvation."

Other answers I get sound like personal testimonies. But personal testimonies, being raised in a Christian home, or praying a prayer for salvation do not answer the question, why are you a Christian. Please understand, I am not discounting any of these things.

Being raised in a Christian home is not a blessing that I had the privilege of experiencing. Praying a prayer does not save a person, it is only a response to the saving work of God in the life of the sinner.

Friday, October 18, 2013

True or False: In order to become a Christian, one must commit intellectual suicide. FALSE


One of the popular myths coming out of our modern educational system is that a truly intelligent person will not believe the Bible and to do so is to commit intellectual suicide. Actually, the opposite of this assertion is true. A truly intelligent person cannot help but believe the Bible. The belief that God has revealed truth to men in His Word and especially in His Son Jesus Christ is the only thing that can make sense out of life.

Most of the early colleges and universities in America were founded upon this principle. Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, Princeton, and many other institutions of higher learning had the Bible at the center of their curriculum. Jesus Christ was considered to be the foundation of all knowledge. As the first code of Harvard laws stated in 1642, 

"…Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning."

Some of the greatest intellects of history have found the Christian world view to be completely reasonable, rational, and intellectually satisfying. Men like the Apostle Paul, Augustine, John Wycliffe, Rembrandt, John Milton, Blaise Pascal, Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Boyle, Jonathan Edwards, Michael Faraday, James Clark Maxwell, Lord Kelvin, and C.S. Lewis, to name a few, saw no contradiction between thinking and believing.

The reason the Bible is ridiculed by many the so-called "intellectuals" today is that their hearts are morally depraved. Their pride and arrogance have blinded them to the truth. "Professing themselves to be wise, they have become fools." (Romans 1:22) Yes, it is possible to have earthly intelligence and be a fool in the eyes of the God they deny.

If you are a Christian and a university student, don’t fall for the pseudo-intellectualism which bombards you on your university or college campus.  It is a fa├žade which puffs up your pride, but in the end will leave you empty, looking for meaning and purpose. Ultimately it will matter little if you are counted wise or foolish by the college crowd. What will matter is whether you have walked with God and made it your aim and desire to be pleasing to Him. This is true wisdom and man’s reason for existence.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Richard Dawkins' Defense of Mild Pedophilia is Seriously Flawed!

“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today. . . I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”

Introduction

So were the words of the most famous of the four "horsemen" of the “new” (popular) atheism, Richard Dawkins, in an interview with Katie Mcdonough.[1] Dawkins, known for his vitriolic and venomous evolutionary attacks toward those holding to intelligent design and biblical creation has recently pontificated on the issue of "mild pedophilia" creating a stir from many Christians and child protective agencies and advocate groups.

As wild as Dawkins' pronouncement appears, it also has those of us on the side of logic, reason, and embracing to a morally absolute framework, scratching our heads and asking how can any reasonable person believe such nonsense? And nonsense it is,
logically, ethically, and pragmatically.

This posting will engage the above quotation, in the context of the Ms. Mcdonough’s interview with Richard Dawkins. My hope is to point out a handful of flaws in the quote which will show that it is not only unreasonable, but also grounded on slippery sloping terrain.