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However, the party is only three hours long. Morton (DMD Publications, 1997) Foundation, Fall, and Flood by Glenn R. In this article I will address the false gospel … Continue reading → Selling the Stairway to Heaven: Critiquing the Claims of Heaven Tourists Jim Osman Kootenai Community Church Heaven visitations are all the rage today. Q: But why, do you think, is it important to study apologetics? One cannot be a Christian without knowing Francis A Schaeffer, The God Who Is There, 30th anniv ed (Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 1998), pp 205-6 31 Sadly, many self-described “evangelicals” and “born again” Christians do believe that God offers salvation through other religions This is taken up in chap 23 32 I agree with Alvin Plantinga’s comment that Christianity is “the maximally important truth” (Warranted Christian Belief [New York: Oxford University Press, 2000], p 499) what Christianity actually is Here the Christian worldview and doctrine are primary Any candidate for conversion should believe that (1) God exists as a holy being before whom all humans are held morally accountable for their transgressions (sins); (2) the malady of sin is so deep and pervasive that any rectification of the problem must come from outside of our wounded and rebellious beings; (3) God, the loving and just author of salvation, sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect life we cannot live and to make atonement for our sin in order to provide the way of reconciliation between us and God; (4) the reality of this work was vindicated by Christ’s unflinching obedience to the Father, his death on the cross and his death-defeating, life-affirming resurrection from the dead The path of forgiveness and restoration is open to all, but only by faith alone and only through the finished work of Jesus Christ alone 33 Only if we believe in the truth of the Christian message will we be able to trust the object of that message: God as revealed in and through Jesus Christ This component of faith is fiducia, or trust; it is closely related to belief, but involves more than bare assent It includes entrusting oneself in an existential act to Christ and his cause While Scripture speaks of the need to “believe” in God, it also speaks of those who “received” him (John 1:12) A person believes that certain biblical propositions are objectively true; then the person subjectively appropriates these truths as his or her own In so doing, the person gives allegiance to the object of these truths: Christ himself Trust in this case may be likened to marriage A lover believes many favorable things about his or her beloved before marriage, but only becomes married after sincerely affirming, “I do,” and giving oneself to that partner Faith in Christ, biblically understood, guides and inspires a new way of knowing, being and doing It has effects that James summarizes as “good works” (James 2:14-26; see also Ephesians 2:9) These works—which include inward renovation, both intellectual and moral, as well as outward behavior—are not the basis or warrant for one’s favorable standing with God That status comes by grace alone and is received by faith alone in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5) However, where faith takes root, fruit takes hold and grows (Matthew 7:15-23) This understanding is See Francis A Schaeffer, The Finished Work of Christ (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 1998) More will be said on the nature of the gospel message in chap 20 vital for apologetics because of the pandemic problem of false conversions and nominal Christianity Given biblical criteria, far more Americans claim to be Christians than are truly glory bound Apologetics aims at conversion, not generic spirituality or religious externalism Conversion requires repentance, as Jesus and John the Baptist and all the Hebrew prophets made so clear (Matthew 4:17) While a call to repentance might be thought more the job of evangelism, it factors into apologetics for two reasons First, apologetics labors to present the Christian worldview One aspect of that worldview is that people are disordered in their passions, self-centered, guilty before a holy God and in need of radical forgiveness and transformation Repentant faith is the way into new life in Christ 34 Second, apologetics should show that repentance makes sense because Christianity is true, rational and, in Pascal’s sense, “attractive”—it promises our “true good ” This true good is the restoration of the person through the achievements of Jesus Christ Apologetics also equips questioning or doubting Christians to find the intellectual confidence to be a wise witnesses to the truth of the gospel As Christians master apologetic arguments, their knowledge of the truth and rationality of their beliefs increases, thus giving them a stronger platform for explaining and defending “the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24) The Christian’s goal should be to gain “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” concerning the Christian worldview (Colossians 2:3) The articulation of a sound philosophical method of apologetics is the burden of chapter three However, I conclude this chapter by relating some very practical issues of apologetics pertaining to dialogue, discernment and context 35 The forums for apologetic presentation are legion, and we should use our sanctified imaginations to figure out new ways to present ancient truths However, some forums are, in a sense, static One publishes an argument, either in a book, an article, a letter to the editor, a tract, a postOn the necessity of repentance for conversion, see John MacArthur, The Gospel According to Jesus (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1988) 35 See also David Clark’s excellent treatment in Dialogical Apologetics (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994); and Greg Kokl, Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009) ing to a webpage or blog, or through some other written form—and that’s that 36 These statements may elicit a response, which in turn can be responded to by the apologist, but the dialogical aspect is usually minimal Other forums are more dialogical because they involve direct discussion These include face-to-face meetings, lectures with a question-answer session, debates, letters, e-mails, phone calls and so on Although dialogue can devolve into a pointless exchange of mere opinion with little intellectual challenge, it need not do so The spirit of persuasive dialogue was alive in the teaching and preaching of Paul throughout the book of Acts Paul rationally engaged Jew and Gentile, common person, royalty, and philosopher—all for the cause of Christ This, in fact, is true for all the outreach in Acts As Ajith Fernando says, “All the messages recorded in Acts had a strong apologetic content ”37 We can seek similar dialogues with unbelievers of all sorts These dialogues necessarily involve all of the virtues requisite to apologetics discussed previously Especially important is the humility that involves the willingness to listen and temper our responses to the intellectual and spiritual condition of the one who is engaged This requires certain relational skills as well as worldview discernment Love for the lost also carries a cost for the apologist, as Schaeffer noted: This kind of [apologetic] communication is not cheap To understand and speak to sincere but utterly confused twentieth-century people is costly It is tiring; it will open you to temptations and pressures Genuine love, in the last analysis, means a willingness to be entirely exposed to the person to whom we are talking 38 In defending and commending the faith, Christians need to detect exactly what their dialogue partners believe about reality While the technical discussion of worldviews falls into set categories—theism, deism, pantheism, naturalism, polytheism—people’s beliefs are not always that well categorized Through hundreds of interviews over a period of twenty While many Christian tracts are reactionary, simplistic or otherwise offensive, the medium itself is worthwhile I have written tracts and distributed them over the years For a discussion of the use of tracts, see Douglas Groothuis, “Event Specific Evangelism,” in Confronting the New Age (Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 1988) 37 Ajith Fernando, Acts, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998), p 30 38 Schaeffer, God Who Is There, p 149 years, my students in Christian apologetics at Denver Seminary have found that people often hold a smorgasbord of beliefs that do not easily fit into any unified worldview There may be a dash of Christianity (left over from Sunday school), heaps of New Age spirituality (for personal enrichment), a dose of naturalism (about scientific matters) and, of course, substantial seasoning by relativism (which is everywhere) The savvy apologist must shift through this welter of conflicting beliefs through intent listening, as well as caring but challenging responses The apologist should reveal that he or she is trying to understand what the unbeliever’s beliefs are, how these beliefs relate to each other and how they are connected to the external world and the individual life Once a person’s worldview has been identified, the apologist should work on establishing common ground with the unbeliever in order to move closer to the Christian perspective If the unbeliever is an atheist, we must start from scratch and argue for theism However, the atheist may (inconsistently) believe in objective moral truth If so, there is significant common ground If the unbeliever is a theist, but not a Christian theist, then the emphasis will be on things unique to Christian theism, particularly the incarnation But besides worldview detection and looking for points of common ground, we need relational wisdom as to when and how to present arguments for Christian truth Apologetic “dumping” or “blasting” with little concern for the state of the soul of the unbeliever may relieve pent up tension and display the apologist’s knowledge, but it does little to bring anyone closer to eternal salvation Some people are quite ready to get an earful of Christian truth; others are so closed that one must retreat and restrategize for another occasion 39 We need discernment into the human heart for wise apologetics, as Pascal highlighted: We think playing upon man is like playing upon an ordinary organ It is indeed an organ, but strange, shifting and changeable Those who know only to play an ordinary organ would never be in tune on this one You have to know where the keys are 40 See Jesus’ discussion of “pearls before swine” in Matthew 7:6 Pascal, Pensées 55/111, p 44 discourse (which takes time, effort and discipline), we must deliberately seek out contexts in which these ideals may be lived out Although we may find ourselves in apologetic discussions “on the fly” in less than ideal situations (God often engineers such divine appointments), the best intellectual environment is usually one in which there is silence and time to reflect and discuss the things that matter most This ambience should be as free as possible from distracting stimuli—particularly television, the great destroyer of truth and rationality—and the hurried and harried atmosphere of contemporary culture 41 Silence, however, is a rich atmosphere for rationally engaging truth, and should be cultivated 42 The virtues of hospitality and conviviality loom large on the apologetic horizon Opening up one’s home for discussions with unbelievers is ideal Sadly, however, it is infrequent, given the breakdown of community and the tendency to “cocoon” inside one’s home, spending more time in front of the home entertainment center than with other humans in conversation about what matters most Much of the success of Francis and Edith Schaeffer’s ministry in reaching unbelievers came as a result of inviting unbelievers to live with them at their L’Abri ministry in the Swiss Alps 43 Of course, few of us have chalets in the Alps, but the principle of closely associating with and loving unbelievers holds true nevertheless THe suM oF THe MATTeR: DeFenD THe TRuTH Here is the sum of the matter We must earnestly endeavor to know the truth of the biblical worldview and to make it known with integrity to as many people as possible with the best arguments available To know God in Christ means that we desire to make Christian truth available to others in the most compelling form possible To be created in God’s rational, moral and relational image means that our entire being should be aimed at the glorification of God in Christian witness A significant part of that witness is Christian apologetics See Douglas Groothuis, “Television: Agent of Truth Decay,” in Truth Decay (Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Books, 2000); and Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, 20th anniv ed (New York: Penguin, 2005) 42 On the importance of silence, see the Kierkegaard quote on p 154 43 For the remarkable story of the Schaeffers, see Edith Schaeffer, L’ Abri, 2nd ed (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 1992); and Edith Schaeffer, The Tapestry: The Life and Times of Francis and Edith Schaeffer (Waco, Tex: Word, 1981)

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Publisher: Cosimo Classics (November 1, 2007)

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