Continuing in this short series on Apologetics, here is part II which deals with Epistemology, the second area of Philosophical Apologetics. Epistemology The study of how we know things is called Epistemology, from the Greek episteme (belief), and logos (knowledge or understanding). It is in this sense that Epistemology is often considered first in the… Continue reading Four Domains of Christian Knowledge: Apologetics (Epistemology)
Further reflecting on the recent “rash” of celebrity deconversions in the Evangelical church, I now consider what kinds of personal experiences, in contrast to intellectual habits, may increase epistemic resiliency with regard to Christian faith. In other words, apart from intellectual preparedness, will some people have a greater capacity to overcome doubt, both emotional and… Continue reading “Celebrity” Deconversions & The Journey of Faith – Part II (Kinds of Experiences)
A recent Facebook post asked the intriguing question of whether or not believers in Jesus (i.e. in Jesus' full deity) would be comfortable if it were the case that Jesus referenced Old Testament events that themselves were not factually historically, but as if they were factually true. That is, could Jesus as God incarnate genuinely… Continue reading Did Jesus Make Historical Errors?
As we wrap up this in-depth look at the Nicene Creed and its usefulness for defending the core, historical and Apostolic claims of a “mere Christianity” let me first make one additional point about the nature of the belief statements found in the creeds, a point which matters with regard to discerning a form of… Continue reading Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part VIII – Nicene Creed Lines 12-14
Continuing in this examination of the early creeds and their usefulness for apologetics, I turn now to the Nicene Creed. About this particular creedal formulae J.N.D. Kelly states: Prior to the beginning of the fourth century all creeds and summaries of faith were local in character. It was taken for granted, of course, that they… Continue reading Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part II – The Nicene Creed