Apologetics
Always be prepared to give an answer to
everyone who asks you to give the reason
for the hope that you have. But do this
w...
If you could say just one thing to someone
about the hope you have, what would it be?




                                ...
Always be prepared to give an answer
to everyone who asks you to give the
reason for the hope that you have. But do
this w...
apologia
apo = counter
logia = words
For since the creation of the world God's
invisible qualities – his eternal power and
divine nature – have been clearly se...
Reasoned arguments
for Christian truth claims
Counter-arguments
  to other ideas
Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web
Knowing
Showing
Knowing
the Holy Spirit’s witness
encouraging evidence
Showing
proclaiming
persuading
defending the reasonableness
  of Christian truth claims
showing the inadequacy of
non-Christian truth claims
the Holy Spirit’s conviction
What are the most common objections to
Christianity which you encounter?
What are the most common alternative




        ...
worldview clashes
Worldviews
A worldview is an interpretation of
influences, experiences, circumstances and
insight.
    J. Mark Bertrand, Rethinking Wo...
A worldview framework
Perspectives / foundations




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Perspective and foundations




                              28
Worldviews like maps
A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental
orientation of the heart, that can be
expressed as a story or in a set of
presu...
A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental
orientation of the heart, that can be
expressed as a story or in a set of
presu...
salvation
reality
• Is the physical world all there is?
• Or is it an illusion?
• Is there a God? What kind of God?
• Why is there suffering?
Imagine you are part of this conversation

• How would you feel?
• What worldview is being expressed?
• What would you wan...
humanity
• What makes us human?
• Are we just animals? Or spiritual?
• Does life have any meaning?
• What happens when we die?
• Wh...
Collateral
What worldview is Vincent (Tom Cruise)
expressing?
How would you have wanted to respond?



                              ...
knowledge
• How do I know what’s true?
• What is truth? Does it matter?
• What kinds of truth are there?
• What are good and bad rea...
The History Boys
The History Boys
morality
• Do good and evil exist?
• Are there any moral absolutes?
• Should any action be tolerated?
• How do we know right and wr...
The Dark Knight
What’s the solution to
our most basic need?
• Self
• Human progress
• Nothing at all
• Spirituality
Darjeeling Ltd
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The first session of a six-week series on apologetics at Above Bar Church, Southampton. May 2010

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  1. 1. Apologetics
  2. 2. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience . . . 1 Peter 3:15–16, NIV 2
  3. 3. If you could say just one thing to someone about the hope you have, what would it be? ?
  4. 4. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience . . . 1 Peter 3:15–16, NIV 4
  5. 5. apologia
  6. 6. apo = counter logia = words
  7. 7. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20, NIV
  8. 8. Reasoned arguments for Christian truth claims
  9. 9. Counter-arguments to other ideas
  10. 10. Charlotte’s Web
  11. 11. Charlotte’s Web
  12. 12. Knowing
  13. 13. Showing
  14. 14. Knowing
  15. 15. the Holy Spirit’s witness
  16. 16. encouraging evidence
  17. 17. Showing
  18. 18. proclaiming
  19. 19. persuading
  20. 20. defending the reasonableness of Christian truth claims
  21. 21. showing the inadequacy of non-Christian truth claims
  22. 22. the Holy Spirit’s conviction
  23. 23. What are the most common objections to Christianity which you encounter? What are the most common alternative ? worldviews which you encounter?
  24. 24. worldview clashes
  25. 25. Worldviews
  26. 26. A worldview is an interpretation of influences, experiences, circumstances and insight. J. Mark Bertrand, Rethinking Worldview
  27. 27. A worldview framework
  28. 28. Perspectives / foundations 27
  29. 29. Perspective and foundations 28
  30. 30. Worldviews like maps
  31. 31. A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.
  32. 32. A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.
  33. 33. salvation
  34. 34. reality
  35. 35. • Is the physical world all there is? • Or is it an illusion? • Is there a God? What kind of God? • Why is there suffering?
  36. 36. Imagine you are part of this conversation • How would you feel? • What worldview is being expressed? • What would you want to say? 35
  37. 37. humanity
  38. 38. • What makes us human? • Are we just animals? Or spiritual? • Does life have any meaning? • What happens when we die? • Why do we suffer?
  39. 39. Collateral
  40. 40. What worldview is Vincent (Tom Cruise) expressing? How would you have wanted to respond? ? 39
  41. 41. knowledge
  42. 42. • How do I know what’s true? • What is truth? Does it matter? • What kinds of truth are there? • What are good and bad reasons for believing something? • Where does wisdom come from? • Where does meaning come from?
  43. 43. The History Boys
  44. 44. The History Boys
  45. 45. morality
  46. 46. • Do good and evil exist? • Are there any moral absolutes? • Should any action be tolerated? • How do we know right and wrong? • What values should we live by? • What do goodness or beauty mean? 44
  47. 47. The Dark Knight
  48. 48. What’s the solution to our most basic need?
  49. 49. • Self • Human progress • Nothing at all • Spirituality
  50. 50. Darjeeling Ltd
  51. 51. www.damaris.org www.culturewatch.org www.tonywatkins.org twitter.com/tonywatkins_ facebook.com/tonywatkinspage
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