Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics (Holman Quicksource Guides)
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In today’s pluralistic society, not every approach to sharing the gospel will work with all people. Being ready to give reasons for the hope we have in Christ means understanding the contextual framework of the people we are addressing.
In the Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics, Renaissance man Doug Powell defends the Christian faith in a new key; taking timehonored approaches in apologetics and freshly presenting them for a new generation.
1. What Is Apologetics?
2. The Cosmological Argument for God’s Existence
3. The Teleological Argument for God’s Existence
4. The Axiological Argument for God’s Existence
5. Which God Exists?
6. Where Did the New Testament Come From?
7. Is the New Testament Reliable?
8. ExtraBiblical Evidence for Jesus
9. Is the Old Testament Reliable?
10. The Fulfillment of Prophecy
11. What About Miracles?
12. Was Jesus Raised from Death?
13. Did Jesus Claim to Be God? Is He the Only Way?
14. How can God allow Evil, Pain, and Suffering?
support life.”7 But is this just an egocentric view of the universe? Just because we humans happen to require the universe to have these parameters in order to live does not mean it was made [with us] in mind, does it? This is a possibility, of course. However, we should be mindful of a couple of things: first, that we have no evidence whatsoever of life of any kind anywhere else in the universe; and second, that even if we did find life elsewhere in the universe, it wouldn't necessarily change
last wise man touches the tail and thinks the elephant is like a rope. The blind men then start quarreling about who is right. The noise bothers the king so much that he goes out to see what the problem is. The king tells them they each only have a part of the picture. Each of them is right and if they just put all their information together they would see the big picture and understand what an elephant truly is. The problem with this illustration is that if God is the elephant and we are the
eight he used were: 1. Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Mc 5:2). 2. Messiah will be preceded by a messenger (Mal 3:1). 3. Messiah will come to Jerusalem riding on a colt (Zch 9:9). 4. Messiah will be betrayed by a friend (Zch 13:6). 5. Messiah will be betrayed for thirty silver pieces (Zch 11:2). 6. Messiah's betrayer will try to return the thirty silver pieces but they will be refused. The betrayer will then throw them on the floor of the temple (Zch 11:13). 7.
(Grand Rapids: Zondervan), s.v. “seventy weeks.” 33. D. A. Carson, Douglas J. Moo, and Leon Morris, An Introduction to the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992), 54. 34. See Revelation 11:2–3 for an example of the Bible using thirty-day months. 35. This calculation is taken from a seminary lecture by Bruce K. Waltke and is based on work by Harold Hoehner. Others, such as Josh McDowell, have used Hoehner's work to arrive at the same crucifixion date but fix the beginning of
the beginning of this chapter, most apologists do not fall strictly into one camp or the other. But there are some who self-consciously draw from the strengths of all the approaches. The idea is to let each individual person's concerns drive what method is used rather than apply a particular method of apologetics to all encounters. As such, there is no formal method in the integrative approach. This is well expressed by Francis Schaeffer: “I do not believe that there is any one system of