apologetics: reasoned arguments in justification of something

 

In a world full of apathy and false tolerance, absolute truth has been devalued. As a Christian, I believe truth is ultimately a person in Jesus Christ. All truth emanates from Him, and therefore to pursue truth is to pursue Him.

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias (see videos below) echoes three prominent tests for truth: logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and experiential relevance.

Though I constantly examine my beliefs to see whether they are rooted in truth, I find it can be difficult to articulate the reasoning behind my beliefs. My primary goal with this site is to organize my thoughts in a way which allows me to refer back to them whenever necessary. 

The Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 3:15 tells Christians to be ready to make a defence for the hope of glory which is the indwelling of Christ Jesus in us. The word 'defence' in the Greek is 'apologia,' from which we get the English word 'apologetics.'

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; (1 Peter 3:15, NASB)

This site is named Mars Hill Apologetics after Acts 17:16-34. The passage records how the Apostle Paul went to the Aregopagus, also known as Mars Hill, and engaged people of his time by contextualizing the Gospel with reference to their altar 'to the Unknown God.' His pattern was to observe/examine, to be provoked, to reason/converse, and to preach/proclaim.

Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, “What would this idle babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. (Acts 17:16-18, NASB)

worldview: a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world

1-2-3-4-5 Worldview Grid
(by Ravi Zacharias)

One goal to pursue:

  • Truth

Two approaches to truth:

  • Correspondence

  • Coherence

Three tests for truth:

  • Logical consistency

  • Empirical adequacy

  • Experiential relevance

Four questions to answer:

  • Origin

  • Meaning

  • Morality

  • Destiny

Five disciplines to study:

  • Theology [God]

  • Metaphysics [reality]

  • Epistemology [know.]

  • Ethics [morality]

  • Anthropology [man]

This helpful framework is not meant to be exhaustive.