Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 3, 2008

Apologetics Is Vital 

“Apologetics should be part of parenting classes!”

Does this sound off-the-wall, or does it strike a resonant chord in your soul? This fresh concept came from Dr. William Lane Craig, internationally-known Christian apologist, philosopher, and author. Craig visited Detroit recently for two apologetics sessions.

Apologetics doesn’t mean being sorry for something. Rather it comes from the Greek word apologia meaning defense. Apologetics is the defense of Christianity using evidence, reason, and logic.

“It was a treat to have an apologist of Craig’s stature in our area,” remarked Patrick Smith, Woodside Bible’s theologian. William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot seminary with earned doctorates in theology and philosophy.

The Material World: Is this all there is? was Craig’s topic at Woodside Bible’s Warren campus on November 7. “Craig reviewed five classic proofs for the existence of God to argue the material world is not all there is,” reported Woodside Bible’s Executive Pastor Eric Haven.

Craig’s talk was particularly appropriate looking toward Christmas, when many focus exclusively on material aspects of the season. Craig’s talk energized hearers to look deeper.

“Many I spoke with appreciated Craig’s clear arguments,” said Patrick Smith. “Craig’s presentation stimulated numerous audience questions. Although some of his supporting evidence may have been unfamiliar, he provided helpful examples to illustrate his arguments. Audience interaction showed the need for the church to take seriously the life of the mind and the importance of apologetics in today’s world.”

Subsequent blog posts will discuss Craig’s talks further.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Thursday December 3, 2008 A.D.

For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
(Proverbs 2:6)

 

 

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