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1 Unleashing Your Faith Discussing Truth and Christian Convictions Let the TACTICS Continue 5

2 DEFINITION OF APOLOGETICS The task of developing and sharing arguments for the truth and rationality of Christianity and the falsehood and irrationality of alternatives with the aim of: strengthening the faith of believers and provoking non-believers to consider Christ

3 The Purpose of Apologetic TACTICS Arranging of the resources for personal interactions Allows the witness to choreograph interactions with others Guide for having good conversations, using sound reasoning. to identify bad reasoning and helping others see where they have strayed from sound thinking.

4 Defending Your Faith Set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess, yet do it with courtesy and respect… 1 Pet 3:15-16 Ambassador Model Credo Know Your Audience Proof, Defense, Offense TacticsPresuppositions

5 Giving an Answer OffenseProofDefense

6 Proof Giving an Answer: Proof Evidences Transcendental Arguments Classical Arguments

7 Giving an Answer: Proof Transcendental Arguments ScienceMorals Logic science, morals, logic ultimately presuppose a theistic worldview and, God must be the source of all three

8 Classical Arguments Giving an Answer: Proof Cosmological MoralTeleological The cosmological argument is an argument for the existence of a FIRST CAUSE (or an Uncaused cause) to the universe. A teleological argument for the existence of God is an argument from design / purpose.

9 Archaeology Fine-Tuning of the Universe Information in DNA Resurrection of Jesus Reliability of the Bible Evidences Giving an Answer: Proof Miracles

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11 Defense Giving an Answer: Defense

12 Defense The Problem of Evil People who have never heard Atrocities in the name of Christianity OT Genocide I believe in one less God than you Original sin is not fair! Christianity was derived from pagan religions Christianity is all about blind faith Christians are all hypocrites The Bible says Not to judge Religion impedes science The Bible has been changed so many times

13 Giving an Answer: Defense The Problem of Evil Claim If the Christian God is all powerful, and all good, then he would not allow evil to exist. But evil does exist. Therefore the Christian God does not exist. Responses What do you mean by “evil”? What is the basis for “evil” in a naturalistic worldview? Outside of the Christian worldview, how can you have objective standards like good and evil? The COLUMBO Tactic 5 1

14 Giving an Answer: Defense People Who Have Never Heard Claim It’s not fair that God would condemn forever the people who have never had a chance to hear about Jesus. Responses What do you mean by “fair”? How can you have fairness and justice outside of presupposing a Christian worldview? Where does Christianity teach that people are condemned just because they don’t believe in Jesus? (No one is condemned for not believing in Jesus. They are condemned because they have sinned against God.) 2

15 Giving an Answer: Defense Christianity was Derived from Pagan Religions Claim Christianity was derived from various pagan religions. Response Which pagan religions? In what ways is Christianity derived? What evidence do you have of that? 3

16 Giving an Answer: Defense The Bible has been Changed so Many Times Claim How do we even know what the Bible originally said? It has been changed so many times over history. History is written by the winners. Response What are the changes? When did these changes occur? What evidence do you have of that? Which manuscripts reflect these changes? Have you ever studied the historical transmission of the Bible? Simon Greenleaf and the rules of evidence 4

17 Giving an Answer: Defense The Bible has been Changed so Many Times Simon Greenleaf - formulator of the “Rules of Evidence” still in use in the U.S. - “Do not come to a final conclusion until evaluating ALL evidence” - challenge from one of his law students “Every document, apparently ancient, coming from the proper repository or custody, and bearing on its face no evident marks of forgery, the law presumes to be genuine, and evolves on the opposing party the burden of proving it to be otherwise.”

18 Giving an Answer: Defense OT Genocide Claim The God of the Old Testament is detestable with his ethnic genocide of the Canaanites and native peoples of the promised land. Especially women and children?!?! Response What makes you think the people didn’t deserve it? Why do you assume a Creator doesn’t have authority over His creation? What makes you think the women and children were not also guilty? 5

19 Giving an Answer: Defense Atrocities in the name of Christianity Claim Christianity is downright dangerous! Look at all the people Christians have killed: the Crusades, the Inquisition, and even Hitler was a Christian. Response Where in the Bible does God approve of these activities? What makes you think these people were Christians? Have you ever considered that these people are acting against the teaching of the Bible? How many people were actually killed in all the incidents you cited and were the killers following Christ’s teaching? 6

20 Historians distinguish four different manifestations of the Christian Inquisition: the Medieval Inquisition (1184–16th century), includingMedieval Inquisition deaths/executions the Episcopal Inquisition (1184–1230s)Episcopal Inquisition the Papal Inquisition (1230s) and following Christian inquisitionsPapal Inquisition the Spanish Inquisition (1478–1834)Spanish Inquisition deaths / executions the Portuguese Inquisition (1536–1821)Portuguese Inquisition executions the Roman Inquisition (1542 – c. 1860)Roman Inquisition executions 1184 – 1860 (7 centuries) Total deaths / executions - approx, 7600 recorded11

21 “Christian Inquisitions 1184 – 1860 (7 centuries) Total deaths / executions - approx, 7600 recorded11

22 Giving an Answer: Defense Christianity is all about Blind Faith Claim Christians have a blind faith. There’s no hard evidence that God exists. Response What kind of evidences would convince you? What makes you think Christian’s don’t have evidence? Do you have a blind faith in your system? 7

23 Giving an Answer: Defense Religion Impedes Science Claim Religion shuts down any scientific inquiry. It just sticks “God” in the gaps and tells us not to worry about it. Response How does science even make sense outside of having the God of the Bible uphold the uniformity of nature? Where in the Bible does it teach that Christians should impede science? Are you sticking “Science” in the gaps? (i.e. we don’t know where the universe came from, but give us enough time and science will answer that). What do you mean by ‘Religion.’ 8

24 Giving an Answer: Defense Christians are all Hypocrites Claim Christians are a bunch of hypocrites: they say not to do something but then go do it themselves. Response Isn’t God the one who gives commandments, not Christians? What is a hypocrite? If a Christian agrees that he is a sinner, how does that make him a hypocrite? 9

25 Giving an Answer: Defense The Bible says not to Judge Claim The Bible says we are not to judge other people, so you need to stop judging. Response Why are you judging me for judging other people? Where in the Bible does it say we shouldn’t judge? Don’t you think God has the right to judge? Hasn’t God already said what He will judge based on? 10

26 Giving an Answer: Defense Original Sin is Not Fair Claim Why should I be held accountable for Adam’s sin? That’s not fair. Response What do you mean by “fair”? What is unjust about Adam acting on our behalf? Have you ever broken one of God’s laws? Do you really think you would have done any better? 11

27 Giving an Answer: Defense I Believe in One Less God Than You Do Claim Of all the gods out there (e.g. Thor), you Christians don’t believe in any of them, and I don’t either. I just take it one step further: I believe in one less god than you do. Response How do you explain science, logic, and morality without the Christian God? 12

28 Giving an Answer: Defense Defense The Problem of Evil People who have never heard Atrocities in the name of Christianity OT Genocide I believe in one less God than you Original sin is not fair! Christianity was derived from pagan religions Christianity is all about blind faith Christians are all hypocrites The Bible says Not to judge Religion impedes science The Bible has been changed so many times 8

29 Giving an Answer: Defense Offense Proof Defense

30 Giving an Answer: Offense Offense Proof Defense

31 Offense Giving an Answer: Offense Offense

32 Giving an Answer: Offense Offense Consistent with a Biblical Worldview Inconsistent with a Biblical Worldview Appeal to External AuthorityHold to “Biblical Authority” Claims Mormonism JWs Islam Atheism Hinduism Buddhism Romanism Oneness Homosexuality Abortion Trinity Diety of Christ Gravity Algebra

33 Giving an Answer: Offense Examples Romanism Oneness Pentecostal Jehovah’s Witnesses Mormonism Islam Abortion Homosexuality Approach Take up their “accepted authority” to prove the validity of the Bible Demonstrate inconsistencies. Place the burden on them to resolve the inconsistencies. Inconsistent with a Biblical Worldview Hold to “Biblical Authority”

34 Giving an Answer: Offense Examples Atheism Hinduism Buddhism Approach Take up their worldview and demonstrate the lack of justification for: ◦Science ◦Morals ◦Logic Inconsistent with a Biblical Worldview Appeal to External Authority

35 Giving an Answer: Offense Examples Abortion Homosexuality Approach Take up their view and show where it leads. Inconsistent with a Biblical Worldview Appeal to External Authority

36 Giving an Answer: Offense If it’s not a person, then no justification is required to do whatever you want with it. If it is a person, then it deserves the same rights and protections as all other persons. Abortion Only One Question: “What is it?”

37 Giving an Answer: Offense S.L.E.D. Test S ize L evel of development E nvironment D egree of dependency Trot out the Toddler Abortion Two Key Tools

38 Giving an Answer: Offense “It’s not a person.” Response At what point does it become a person? Demonstrate arbitrariness with S.L.E.D. / Toddler “It’s a person, but not with rights equal to the Mother.” Response At what point does it get equal rights? Demonstrate arbitrariness with S.L.E.D. / Toddler Abortion Only One Question: “What is it?”

39 Giving an Answer: Offense It's a woman's right to choose. This is a private matter; No government influence. Women are going to have them anyway. Unwanted child Not financially able Too young to have a child Rape and incest (it will remind the mother) The mother's life is in danger? Like what? Abortion “Defenses”

40 Giving an Answer: Offense Objective: “Where does the objective standard come from?” Relative: “Why stop at two men, or two women, why not polygamy, and cross-generational, and cross species?” Homosexuality Does “Marriage” have an objective meaning, or Does it mean whatever we want it to mean?

41 Giving an Answer: Offense Offense Consistent with a Biblical Worldview Inconsistent with a Biblical Worldview Appeal to External AuthorityHold to “Biblical Authority” Claims Mormonism JWs Islam Atheism Hinduism Buddhism Romanism Oneness Homosexuality Abortion Trinity Diety of Christ Gravity Algebra

42 Offense Giving an Answer: Offense Offense

43 Giving an Answer: Offense

44 Offense Proof Defense

45 Giving an Answer Offense Proof Defense

46 Defending Your Faith Set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess, yet do it with courtesy and respect… 1 Pet 3:15 Ambassador Model Credo Know Your Audience Proof, Defense, Offense TacticsPresuppositions


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