By Benno van den Toren
Christian apologetics is in trouble. previous strategies 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 lifestyles targeted at the fact printed in Jesus Christ. a few major steps were made towards the advance of this sort of new apologetic perform. the purpose of this publication 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 functional relevance.
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Postmodernism recognizes the impossibility of the Enlightenment quest and yet refuses the only valuable alternative for finding real meaning and truth. Christian anthropology and epistemology Because modernism and important expressions of postmodernism share a common quest for human autonomy, a thoroughly Christian alternative can never be developed without reference to the alternative Christian understanding of the human being, to which we will turn in Chapter 4. Here, the biblical understanding of the human being as the image of God proves particularly helpful.
He is the only way that leads to salvation from their inverted existence; in Him they find the fullness of life (Jn 14:6). He is the Lord, who reigns over the entire universe and there is no Lord besides him that can compete with Him (1Co 8:6) and if lesser powers claim to be lord next to Him, they need to be rejected as deceivers, which can only enslave humanity. All these basic Christian convictions join in stressing the “only one”. There is only one Creator, Judge and Goal of life; there is only one Saviour and Lord; there is only one Giver of life.
Vanhoozer 1999: 142). 27 To show that the Christian faith implies the need of an intellectual defence and justification as part of Christian proclamation, we cannot only point to biblical practice, but more fundamentally to the Christian understanding of the human being. Christian theologians debate among themselves whether human beings are most fundamentally characterized as relational beings or rather by their rational faculties, their will, or both (f. ex. J. O’Donovan 1986). However, when we consider the basic relations characterizing human beings, this opposition between the rational and the relational is not as radical as it appears.
Christian Apologetics as Cross-Cultural Dialogue by Benno van den Toren