Monthly Archives: November 2006

Christian Apologetics

“religious pluralism is a normative thesis about diversity…”

“the bad news: no religion is true
the good news: it doesn’t matter; it will all turn out okay in the end”

“religious pluralism looks a lot like secularism w/ incense

if i am beginning to understand this issue… i am understanding that Jesus is a great model for the dialogue needed with postmodern friends, he was a great question asker, he acted with compassion…

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postmodernism addressed?

i have been thinking about postmodernism a lot lately… as you may have noted, i’ve even got a bunch of quotes on postmodernism in another blog…

tonight at the apologetics conference, while there has been almost no explicit discussion on postmodernism, there was good teaching on some of the ideas necessary for interacting with postmodern thinkers…

dialogue & living what we believe… these are essential…

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the parade illustrated

This morning I spent some time at the National Gallery of Art, we are fortunate to have such a museum… I get to visit numerous world class museums each year and I love this one best…

today i lingered for a long time over this work of art thinking about the parade it depicts…

these images are from my palm and are not too clear but this next shot of the upper right section shows a parade of people coming to the stable from a larger city…

I like to think the larger city is Jerusalem and they are coming down to Bethlehem…

the artist depicting the people following the three kings on the left side of the painting…

the guy in the red is lifting his hands and looking heavenward… I wonder if he has suddenly realized that God has sent the redeemer?

here is the family… the kings paying homage to the young King of kings…

one day we will bow before the King of kings!

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PS3 – witw

I took the pic below yesterday outside an electronics store… these guys were camped out for days…

sorry, i can’t not post about the craziness about the PS3… what are people thinking? sleeping in tents outside store for days to first in line to buy a video game… so they can live in an alternate reality? here is a news story
witw

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really cool affirmation

so… last night’s sessions were about science and the brain… (yes Mark, you were right about the track I chose)… it is so cool to hear a scientist/philosopher talk about the way the universe has marks in it that point to God and how even our brain has “built in” stuff that God gave us to point us to himself… then, too cool, this morning as I clicked onto one of my morning readings – look what I found… click here for Bagster’s Daily Reading
…how great to be able to follow God, as Jesus said, “with heart, soul and mind!”

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travelin’ to a conference

a couple of my colleagues and i are off to a three day conference on apologetics today… from a book I am reading by Robert Webber, The Younger Evangelicals, this idea about apologetics is put forth…

“If reason and science are no longer able to bring us truth, what will? Does the continuation of modern foundationalism, which uses reason in defense of Christianity, have any validity at all in a postmodern world?” p. 104

“There is a general agreement among younger evangelicals that the emphasis in apologetics has shifted from reason to embodiment.” p. 101

I hope I can further learn how to speak in a Christian voice that can be understood… as Wm. Placher said in Unapologetic Theology: “Christian apologists can adopt the language and assumptions of their audience so thoroughly that they no longer speak with a distinctively Christian voice.”

but that voice must be contextualized so that the person looking at the parade from the sidewalk can understand what the parade is about and join us travelers…

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in whose parade am i travelin?

This is a question I am contemplating today… I am travelin not in my own strength but as part of a great and historic parade… see Paul’s thoughts on this idea…

…we are part of a great historic parade on a great brightly lit boulevard, and those with whom we come in contact are either standing on the sidewalk watching or they, in some manner, are marching with us walking along on the sidewalk trying to learn more… there is an aroma being put forth by some in the parade that is like the wonderful smell of baking bread… this aroma draws some to join the parade…

but there are some of us who don’t have such a nice aroma… people turn their head, they leave the parade behind and walk down a dark side street away from the light into sadness and sorrow…

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