By Benno van den Toren
Christian apologetics is in trouble. previous ideas do not carry and post-modern improvement pose new questions. Benno van den Toren argues for an apologetic witness that's an workout in cross-cultural discussion aimed toward persuading our dialog companions of the relevance of a existence concentrated at the fact published in Jesus Christ. a few major steps were made towards the improvement of one of these new apologetic perform. the purpose of this booklet is to supply theological and philosophical foundation for a brand new paradigm for Christian apologetic discussion with our post-modern and multi-cultural global and to see its sensible relevance.
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As we saw, postmodern people are no so much interested in truth as in relevance and pragmatic value. Showing the need people have for Christ and the Christian faith may be an important way in which to create new openings for the question of its truth (McGrath 1992: 226f). The need for showing the relevance is even more important considering the overkill of information so characteristic of our media-driven society. We can only interest ourselves in a very limited number of ideas we meet through the media and the incredible variety of people we meet.
Second, this defence of the need and urgency of apologetics depends partly on the Christian anthropology developed later in this book as a further basis for Christian apologetics. Wouldn’t this stress on the significance of intellectual justification imply the clearly unbiblical idea that the intelligent are closer to the kingdom than less educated people? 4) shows that recognizing the truth of the Gospel could more appropriately be said to demand “wisdom” than simply “intelligence”. To other questions we will explicitly return: in what sense can we really speak about the responsibility of the human being, to whom we address the Gospel, when we know that he lost his freedom, when he chooses to live without God?
McGrath 1990: 102). Yet in this context it is important to clarify the relationship between, on the one hand, such desires and needs that push us towards or away from certain beliefs and from the faith, and, on the other, the reasons we have to accept certain beliefs. It is indeed true that such desires and needs push us to change or keep us stable in our convictions. The problem with all these forces, though, is that they do not legitimize themselves. When a strong social structure of what is culturally plausible makes me say goodbye to the Christian faith, this step is not legitimized by these plausibility structures, which brought it about.
Christian Apologetics as Cross-Cultural Dialogue by Benno van den Toren