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Monday, July 11, 2016

A quick summary of the major areas covered by Christian apologetics


Acts 17:22-23  "So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore whatyou worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you."

Introduction:
What areas are addressed in the task of Christian apologetics? Below I will list out several key points that express the sub-disciplines and areas covered in the broad effort of Christian apologetics. The aim of today's post is to briefly overview this important subject.

Major areas covered by Christian apologetics
Dr. William Lane Craig notes the following major areas entailed in the broader subject of Christian apologetics:

1. Offensive apologetics o
r making a positive case for Christianity. 

A. natural theology, that is, arguments for theism independent of Divine revelation.  

B. Christian evidences, chiefly fulfilled prophecy; Christ’s resurrection; reliability of the Bible. 

2. Defensive apologetics, which addresses objections to theism. 

A). Dealing with opposing arguments about the incoherence between theism and evil 

B). Contemporary science’s attacks on the Bible.

Whenever one considers these major areas, the apologetical task becomes much clearer. Either the Christian will be explaining why they believe what they believe or they will be answering objections to the Christian worldview. May readers be encouraged, since the Person and work of the Holy Spirit brings about the results, while the Christian is to put forth the effort. 

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