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Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 | 1 comment

I am not ashamed of the Gospel

I am not ashamed of the Gospel

This is a guest post written by Paul Westerholm, friend of Many Horizons. “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” In Grade 7, I went to see the Newsboys and bought their “Not Ashamed” T-shirt with that verse on it.  I wasn’t ashamed to bring my private faith into the public sphere.  While it was a noble sentiment, I’m not sure I had grasped Paul’s point.  Paul points to the paradox at the heart of the Christian faith:  that a convicted criminal dying on a cross two thousand years ago is the power and righteousness of God revealed for the salvation of everyone who believes. I recently finished David Bentley Hart’s The Experience of God. He outlines the intellectual vacuity of naturalism and gives an overview and defense of classical theism.   Atheism is parasitic upon a theism, existing as the negation of a certain picture of a “god.”  Hart dismantles the claims of the New Atheists,...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 | 6 comments

What’s the goal of Apologetics?

What’s the goal of Apologetics?

Lance’s recent post on “The End of Apologetics?” stirred up some controversy in the social media world. His assertion that “Apologetics that seek to provide analytic or scientific defences simply don’t work” sparked several reactions. Someone critiqued the use of “anecdotal evidence” Lance had used, claiming to have contrary anecdotal evidence. Another person agreed that “reason alone” is insufficient but insisted that reason “combined with heart approaches” was both effective and “biblical.” Some assumptions were challenged, e.g. “why isn’t dealing with ideas” itself considered “spiritual?” I don’t intend to set up a straw man, nor do I wish to be unfair to anyone, especially members of an organisation I esteem highly for doing excellent work (I also apologise if my language on Tuesday seemed more destructive than constructive). My concerns in what follows must be seen as just that: concerns about tendencies and possible dangers, not wholesale rejections of the apologetic project. Is the goal of apologetics to: (a) persuade non-Christians to become Christians? (b) give Christians satisfying reasons...

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