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, March 31, 2014

Apologetics Training on the Home Front

by Rob Lundberg

Introduction.

This posting is of a different nature from what I normally write about.* However this one has been on my heart and mind for quite some time. So this month I would like to share from the heart as a Dad, as the “bread winner” of our home, and as one of the many tent making $1 apologists that the Lord has placed in the marketplace of ideas.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Responding to the Feelings Barrier for Determining Truth

Introduction.

Have you ever heard anyone make statements like the following: "I feel it is only right to (fill in a moral choice or issue)" "Something bad happened, it can't be true!"  This is the "Walt Disney method" for determining truth, where a person uses their feelings and emotions to create the foundation for one's reality.  In this posting, I want to address the real issue of the use of feelings and emotions as a means for determining truth.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Answering the Relativism Barrier to Truth

This posting is a continuation of subject matter that I have been training my daughter Christine in her homeschool apologetics curricula. In my last couple of postings, we have been looking at a couple of the different barriers that are put down by those who disagree with the starting points of absolute truth.

In this posting I want to give a short answer to the barrier of relativism coming from those how say that "truth is relative." Like the previous two objections where someone might say no one is able to discover truth, or the barrier of saying that we need to doubt everything this one is very easy to turn around and give a clear response to affirming the absolute nature of truth.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Doubt Everything! Should I doubt that too?

Continuing on in our series answering some of the objections coming against our belief in absolute truth. There is a second objection that some people throw down is rooted in "skepticism." That objection is "doubt everything that claims to be true."

This objection of being skeptical about everything is rooted and grounded in  philosophy of uncertainty. In fact it is not really all that new in that it has its roots began in ancient times before Christ. In a not so ancient time, like the eighteenth century, we would find a "champion" of this form of skepticism in the likes of David Hume (1711-1776).

David Hume was a Scottish philosopher who was one of the preeminent thinkers during the Enlightenment. Hume claimed that all knowledge of "mattes of fact" or any knowledge not grounded in meanings of terms, is based upon our senses. Within the discipline of religious thought, Hume became famous for his arguments that belief in miracles was irrational because the evidence of a past experience will always outweigh the testimony in favor of miracles.[1]

Thursday, March 20, 2014

No one can discover truth! Oh really?

One of the joys I have as a homeschool Dad, and as an apologist, is spending time training my daughter to respond to the objections people throw down using various books that we are studying. One book is a short little book by Norman Geisler and Joseph Holden entitled, Living Out Loud: Defending Your Faith. This book is a good primer for a discipleship setting for teaching an introductory to apologetics.

What prompted this posting and the next several postings has been our study in the book's chapter on, "What is Truth?" This is a foundational question that is always coming under the assault from the culture. In my time with my daughter, I have honed in on this fact that people still like to throw down objections to the definition of truth.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

What's Wrong with This Picture? When Churches Pitch Reason from Faith

Introduction.

This picture hit Facebook and caused a stir among many of us in the apologetics community. Some were face palming, others were just tweeting and commenting with UGH! There were even some questioning if this was for real, being suspicious that it was of a Photoshop picture. For me, I thought it would make a good blog posting of how some are helping along the conflict between faith and reason.

It is not my desire to further the viral nature of the picture. Nevertheless my intent is to address the message on the billboard (in the picture), and show how it could be an indicator for why a reasonable faith causes skittishness and is perhaps an unwelcome conversation in many churches across our land.