Sunday August 26, 2015 -G. K. Chesterton: “Once people stop believing in God, the problem is not that they will believe nothing; rather, the problem is that they will believe anything.”

Relativism – points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration.

Scientism – knowledge is obtained solely by the means of science or the senses.

Postmodernism – deconstruction of accepted, traditional thought and approach to culture.

Through our lack of intellectual influence in American culture, we have surrendered the institutions that God created. Think critically about what people say and try to fit it with the philosophy with which it belongs. Know what to do with what you know to be true. strong>Dwayne Terry

Unintended Consequences, Part 02

Love The Lord With All Your Mind, Part 02

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

1 Chronicles 12:32from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do…

Classical Apologetics: “Let the babes pray and sing and read their Bibles, continuing steadfastly in their intellectual retardation; the church’s extinction will not come by sword or pillory, but by the quiet death of irrelevance.”

  • Through our lack of intellectual influence in American culture, we have surrendered the institutions that God created.

Understanding The Times

  • Relativismpoints of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration. (American Heritage Dictionary)
  1. K. Chesterton: “Once people stop believing in God, the problem is not that they will believe nothing; rather, the problem is that they will believe anything.”
  • Scientism – knowledge is obtained solely by the means of science or the senses.

Stephen Hawking: “Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”

  • Postmodernism – deconstruction of accepted, traditional thought and approach to culture.

Becoming Sons of Issachar

1 Chronicles 12:32from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do…

  • Think critically about what people say and try to fit it with the philosophy with which it belongs.

Matthew 10:16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Phronimos [frah’-nee-mas] – shrewd, keen mental discernment, mindful of one’s interests, intelligent, wise

  • Know what to do with what you know to be true.

1 Peter 3:15But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

Apologia [ah-pol-ah-gee’-a] – reason, defense, an intelligent grasp of the hope and skill in presenting it, must be understood by both defender and listener

 

Christian Apologetics Syllabus

The book: On Guard by William Craig

# Class Name Date Instructions
Part 01 – The Discipline of Apologetics (Weeks 1-2)
1 Logic Basics Jul 22 Watch “God’s Not Dead” & buy the book
2 Informal Fallacies Jul 29 Have read chap. 1-2
Part 02 – A Case For God (Weeks 3-10)
3 Why does anything at all exist? Aug 5 Have read chap. 3
4 Class arguments Aug 12
5 Why did the universe begin? Aug 19 Have read chap. 4
6 Class arguments Aug 26
7 Why is the universe fine-tuned for life? Sep 2 Have read chap. 5
8 Class arguments Sep 9
9 Can we be good without God? Sep 16 Have read chap. 6
10 Class arguments Sep 23
Part 03 – A Case For Christ (Weeks 11-12)
11 Did Jesus rise from the dead? Sep 30 Have read chap. 8 & 9
12 Class arguments Oct 7
Part 04 – A Biblical View of Institutions (Extra classes)
13 Church & Government Oct 14
14 Class arguments Oct 21