Is Christianity a viable option for thinking people? “Apologetics helps create and sustain a cultural milieu in which Christianity can be heard and recognized as intellectually respectable,” said Talbot philosophy professor William Lane Craig at Royal Oak Missionary Church on Saturday November 8.
Western culture is deeply post-Christian and western intellectuals no longer consider theological knowledge possible, according to Craig. This attitude is now widely entrenched in the culture and influences the hearing the Gospel receives since the Gospel is always heard against a cultural background. Through apologetics Christians can restore an attitude of respect for the reasonableness of the Gospel in the culture.
Craig disputed the idea that America is a post-modern culture for which appeals to rational arguments are unhelpful. He said nobody is post-modern when reading labels on medicine or poison bottles. People are not relativistic with technology, even though they may think they are in religion.
Satan has used the excuse of post-modernism to deceive Christians into laying down our best weapons of logic and rational argument, according to Craig. At his university lectures and debates, students never challenge Craig’s use of logic as a tool to deduce truth.
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Wednesday December 10, 2008 A.D.
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15)