By Benno van den Toren
Christian apologetics is in obstacle. previous suggestions do now not carry and post-modern improvement pose new questions. Benno van den Toren argues for an apologetic witness that's an workout in cross-cultural discussion aimed toward persuading our dialog companions of the relevance of a existence targeted at the truth published in Jesus Christ. a few major steps were made towards the advance of this type of new apologetic perform. the purpose of this ebook is to supply theological and philosophical foundation for a brand new paradigm for Christian apologetic discussion with our post-modern and multi-cultural international and to determine its sensible relevance.
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The free will is presupposed in the fact that it is human choices that are judged. Yet free will on its own isn’t sufficient for responsible behaviour. If human beings were free but unable to have and to give reasons for their choices and actions, their choices would be arbitrary. Accountability supposes the possibility of accounting for and giving reasons to be evaluated as sound or unsound. That said, intelligence on its own 27â•… For the variation of apologetics in Scripture according to the envisaged audience, see further Bruce (1977) and Dulles (1971: 1–21).
Anthropologically, the human quest for autonomy is as strong as ever; indeed, now it does not just reject revelation and tradition as impinging upon it, but even the idea of a universal and Two Converging Challenges 31 objective truth is conceived as being oppressive. Because mainstream postmodernism rejects a return to divine revelation, tradition and grace out of hand as a solution for the bankruptcy of the modern autonomous quest for truth, it places itself in an equally self-destructive position as modernism.
At the same time, the plurality of functions of religious language does not imply that the descriptive or constative function does not matter very much. Keeping an eye on the different functions religious language performs, actually helps us to keep the right balance. It helps on the one hand not to limit the function of religious affirmations to describing what is true or what is not, and on the other not devalue the importance of religious affirmations as truth-claims (Van den Brink 1993: 31f).
Christian Apologetics as Cross-Cultural Dialogue by Benno van den Toren