Apol DB 2 - Based on the various methods and strategies of...

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Based on the various methods and strategies of apologetics described in the assigned reading, identify what you think is the best apologetic method and defend your view . Your thread must incorporate the following topics addressed from your assigned readings: We can clearly observe how, throughout history, different methods and strategies of apologetics were applied and have become all together collaborative to the days in which we are living. I believe one would be presumptuous to diminish one of these views and exclusively exalt another, given they all address important aspects of this endeavor. We are in a position where we can “test them all; [and] hold on to what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) 1 . Before addressing the reasons for the method I believe to be the best, it is important to describe the core aspects of each major method and the foremost differences between one and another. Firstly, I think that nowadays it is common ground for the great majority of apologists, and I wish it were for the great majority of believers either, that faith and reason are not in absolute tension with each other. As Clark says, “Faith and reason function reciprocally. Each positive assessment of Christian truth makes possible a deeper step of faith. And deeper faith enhances Christian understanding.” 2 Despite the method one is using for “defending and commending the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ” 3 , this relationship of faith and reason should be clear. One of the biggest problems, in my opinion, is the extremism. Either we believe by reason alone or we believe by faith alone. Beilby arises the question, 1 Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the New International Version. 2 Clark, David C. Dialogical Apologetics (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1993), 26. 3 Beilby, James. Thinking about Christians Apologetics . What it is and why we do it (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2011), 31.
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Can the Christian apologist benefit from studying philosophy, or understanding scientific discoveries, or considering historical evidences for biblical events? Most Christians have said yes, but some have argued that these disciplines contain presuppositions that are incompatible with the Christian faith. 4 Obviously, there are incompatible presuppositions that we must discard. However, many positive things in fact, reinforce the message found in the Bible. Science, the reason-based
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