In this presentation at the ReThink Conference, Brett Kunkle put forth the argument that Christians need to have better reasons for why they are Christians.
Giving reasons like, “I was raised Christian,” or “God changed my life,” have no impact on the atheist. Furthermore, Christians should avoid giving subjective truth reasons for their belief since experience is not enough to keep faith grounded. Instead, Brett contends that we should be able to state with confidence that, “I’m a Christian primarily because there are good reasons and evidence that Christianity is objectively true.” Objective truth is available to the believer.
In this presentation, Sean McDowell gives a brief overview of the intelligent design movement. He highlights some of the more persuasive evidences for its truth, and begins by discussing the pervasiveness of Darwinism as a worldview and its impact on everyday life. Darwinism ultimately teaches that we are accidental by-products of blind forces in nature and that all life is doomed to die as the universe cools. What a depressing way to look at the world!
Last week we briefly summarized Apologetics for a New Generation, but we wanted to emphasize some of the key aspects of application that the authors cover. While this book covered a broad variety of topics, it was all geared toward reaching young people for Christ. To that end, there were plenty of suggestions on how to apply that toward teaching apologetics to students.
In his book, Apologetics for a New Generation, Sean McDowell put together a team of writers who have a heart to minister to young people. They outline the need for a new approach to apologetics, some ideas for new methods in which to apply these apologetics, and some of the different challenges now facing our culture.
In the first section of the book, the new approach is characterized as relational. In the context of relationship, people build trust without which the application of apologetics falls flat. It is through relationships that the Holy Spirit instills belief and people are drawn to the gospel message. Students should be empowers to be ambassadors of Christ and “agents of transformation to their generation” once these personal relationships have been established.
Jonathan Morrow tackles some of the main points he believes that Christians must understand in their cultural engagement. In 8 Things Christians Must Understand About our Cultural Moment, he opens by explaining that religion should be more than just a preference.
He contends that Christianity is either true or false, and if it is true, Christians should be able to calmly investigate any objections to it that arise. Christianity is able to compete within the global marketplace of ideas. As Christians, we are called to be everyday ambassadors of Christ, and we must understand some key issues within our culture. We must understand that our culture is spiritual but not religious, that pluralism and relativism saturate world views, and that in general, we must be familiar with the pulse of our culture.
El Puerquito y el Oink Accidental is hot off the presses! Thanks to translator, Carlos Pamplona (M.A. Christian Apologetics, Biola University 2014), Picture Book Apologetics’ Pig and the Accidental Oink! is now available to our Spanish speaking friends. Paperback copies are available on Amazon and a free PDF download of the full book is available from PictureBookApologetics.com.