By Benno van den Toren
Christian apologetics is in quandary. previous strategies do 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 concentrated at the truth printed in Jesus Christ. a few major steps were made towards the improvement of this kind 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 sensible relevance.
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It liberates human thinking from the imprisonment by settled convictions and from cultural, social or psychological compulsion. 30â•… This idea itself is fact very hard to prove and “dogmatic” in the pejorative sense. Cultural relativism is itself very much a product of the historical, social and cultural constellation in which we find ourselves (McGrath 1990: 85). 4â•‡ A definition of Christian apologetics in relation to real life The preliminary reflections on the truth-claims implied in the Christian faith and on the Christian understanding of the human being can serve as the basis to formulate a theologically informed definition of apologetics.
Perhaps we can imagine a religion that is consciously completely performative: it considers the whole religious reality as resulting from the dispositions of human beings, from the new community they themselves create, from the hope they themselves generate and that makes them change their circumstances. Some postmodern forms of Christianity tend to lean in this direction. However, even these believers should at least make some implicit truth-claims, for example about what human beings could possibly achieve.
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Christian Apologetics as Cross-Cultural Dialogue by Benno van den Toren