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.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Is Matt Dillahunty's Atheism a Worldview?

Introduction.

You may have heard it said that everybody has a worldview.” In recent discussions with online atheists and having viewed several videos, I have noticed that this does not seem to be the case. Some are saying that atheism is not a worldview.  For example, one video that I stumbled upon was one from The Atheist Experience” with Matt Dillahunty, was asked about the atheist worldview. Mr. Dillahunty interrupted the caller by saying that atheism is not a worldview, with the following,

There isnt one (a worldview). Atheism isnt a worldview. It is a position on a single issue and that is whether or not a God exists; however once you get to that point and youre now a person who is living a life without interference from gods, you then have to  begin  to put together a worldview that will allow you to assess the reality you experience. And so what youll find is that there are quite a lot of atheists who share similar views about science and things like that, but that doesnt necessarily mean that is the case. For example Buddhists are primarily atheists, and they have a number of supernatural ideas that I reject. So I am a skeptic and that’s what drives my atheism. I am applying skepticism and critical thinking to the ‘god claim’.’ Now I apply that to others as well but skepticism and humanism are far more along the lines of my worldview than atheism.  Atheism is just my take on the ‘god claim’. You can be an atheist and not support church state separation.[1]

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Responding to the Atheist's Gauntlet: "There is no evidence for God's existence"

Evidence is defined as anything that tends to prove or disprove something; a ground for belief or proof. It also can be something that makes some thing plain or clear, for example having a flushed look making it clear that someone might be with a fever. In the context of jurisprudence, evidence can be data that is presented to a court or jury in proof of the facts in the issue and which may include testimony of eyewitnesses, records, documents, or objects.[1]

In this posting I would like to address this "throw down gauntlet" of "there is no evidence for God's existence." The reason I started off with definitions of the word evidence is because I want to clarify that when atheists use the word "evidence," in many cases, that they are not interested in the types of evidence as described in the previous definitions.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Answering the “you cannot prove a universal negative” gauntlet

It has been a few days since my last posting, having been under the weather and resting up. However it is time to get back to “the real issue” of addressing another atheistic gauntlet. 

Let's suppose that you're in a conversation with an atheist when all of a sudden the person says to you, “You cannot prove a universal negative!” How do we respond to this objection?

In this post I want to address this, since it will sometimes come up as an objection, particularly with one who is a little more aggressive than the cordial atheist. By the way, when I am using the term atheist, I am using it in the context of one who believes that God does not exist.