Saturday, August 8, 2009

Apologetics?? A review and quote

What's your take on Christian apologetics? Mine is that we must start not with man, what I mean is that we must not allow man to tell us where to start. Likewise counseling that begins with psychology as a foundation then employs scripture will always be flawed. Likewise any strategy for growth (fruit) that begins with business marketing will also be flawed.
So whatever opinion may be held concerning apologetics, it MUST be that which brings God the most glory and upholds the infallibility and sufficiency of the word of God, that and nothing else must be without compromise our foundation.
In order to come to a proper view on apologetics, I would beg you to do some self-examination first. What about a particular apologetic causes you to like it more? Is it a pragmatic position (it works and 'successful' people promote this) is it a pride issue (it brings prestige and respectability to our foolish gospel) is it a conformity issue (the majority rules)? As for me, when I would listen many, many years ago to Ravi or Walter etc.. I used to covet their intellect, not because I was convinced it would make me more productive, but I was thinking about the honor and praise of men (I certainly deny the validity as did Martyn Lloyd-Jones of the vast majority of debates, that is the biblical fruit of it-is that what happened on Mars Hill? No that was preaching!).

Here is a small piece from a review of Tim Kellers book. I do like the review though the conformity to creeds, confessions, or the history of the OPC are quite irrelevant to the issue (so don't let such distract your reading, if it could)
Furthermore, one should not be surprised about the popularity of Keller's volume. Christians are enamoured with being relevant about culture. For the most part, however, the same popular questions of scepticism arise in every age since the sceptics of each era think that they are reinventing the wheel. In reality, they are not thinkers; they just drift through history espousing the 'same old, same old,' yet updated, versions of their popular notions — repeating the self-whimsical pompous criticisms of academicians; supposed intelligent inquiries from friends and blogs; amoral discussions in locker rooms, dorm rooms, chat rooms, bars and the work place; the recurring themes in music, film, and stage; and the continual therapies of psychological anxiety and alienation. The products of culture always demand a cultural response. Keller capitulates to that culture. In contrast, the genius of Van Til's apologetic is to engage the culture by beginning with the God of the Bible who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow — demanding that the culture conform its existence to the eternal and constant truth of the gospel. FULL REVIEW HERE


  © Blogger template 'Portrait' by 2008

Back to TOP