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Love the Lord with your Mind

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Stuart McEwing

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A presentation by Stuart McEwing L ve the LORD your
God with all your
all your soul,
all your strength,
and all your MIND “…but in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect...” [apologia: answer, reason] 1 Peter 3:15 that branch of Christian theology interested in providing a rational defence for its truth-claims. Apologetics is... that task of making the Christian worldview more reasonable than contending worldviews Defence Offence Your objection is
no good I have positive
reasons to believe “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” Titus 1:9 Two tasks saving the soul and saving the mind "I must be frank with you: the greatest danger confronting American evangelical Christianity is the danger of anti-intellectualism. The mind in its greatest and deepest reaches is not cared for enough. But intellectual nurture cannot take place apart from profound immersion for a period of years in the history of thought and the spirit. People who are in a hurry to get out of the university and start earning money or serving the church or preaching the gospel have no idea of the infinite value of spending years of leisure conversing with the greatest minds and souls of the past, ripening and sharpening and enlarging their powers of thinking. The result is that the arena of creative thinking is vacated and abdicated to the enemy." Charles Malik, "The Other Side of Evangelism," Christianity Today, November 7, 1980, 40. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:5 "Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study is itself a spiritual discipline, and the very act of study can change the self. One who undergoes the discipline of study lives through certain types of experiences where certain skills are developed through habitual study: framing an issue, solving problems, learning how to weigh
evidence and eliminate
irrelevant factors, cultivating the ability to see important distinctions instead of blurring them, and so on. The discipline of study also aids in the development of certain virtues and values; for example, a desire for the truth, honesty with data, an openness to criticism, self-reflection and an ability to get along non-defensively with those who differ with one.” J P Moreland & William Lane Craig, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (InterVarsity Press, 2003); p 16. Study is a Spiritual Discipline We can defend our beliefs without
being defensive Reasons carry the day We can argue without
being argumentative "Apologetics is explicitly and fundamentally Christian. Apologetics is, or it should be, a form of Christian love […] We need to love [others] enough to listen to them, to ask them questions, to answer their questions, to challenge them to become genuine seekers of truth, to urge them to examine the claims of Christ […] Apologetics is an application of Christian leadership, which includes a biblical way of life." Dr Greg Pritchard Discernment is needed Honesty and Humility We are called to win people, not to win arguments Admit it when you're wrong or don't know something We speak the truth in Love (Ephesians 4:15) We are called to win people, not to win arguments at all costs Study is worship Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" "The heart cannot rejoice in what the mind rejects as false." Dr. Stephen Meyer Child-like faith Childish faith Whole-souled trust
in your heavenly father immature, unreflective Do not be children in your thinking;
be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature" 1 Corinthians 14:20 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.
Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16 Study is a spiritual discipline Defend without being defensive Study is worship Have discernment. Speak the truth in love. Be honest. Be humble. Admit when your wrong or mistaken.
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