Episode 25: Introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics
Whenever a Christian converses with a non-Christian about the truth of the faith, every request of the non-Christian for the proof of Christianity should be met with an equally serious request of proof for the non-Christian’s philosophy of life. Otherwise we get the false impression that the Christian worldview is tentative and uncertain, while the more secular worldviews are secure and sure, standing above the need to give a philosophical and historical accounting of themselves. But that is not the case. Many people who demand that Christians produce proof of our claims do not make the same demand upon themselves.
Christian apologetics is the science of giving a defence of the Christian faith. There are many sceptics who doubt the existence of God and/or attack belief in the God of the Bible. There are many critics who attack the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. There are many false teachers who promote false doctrines and deny the key truths of the Christian faith. The mission of Christian apologetics is to combat these movements and instead promote the Christian God and Christian truth.
0:00:00—Introduction to the show
0:04:17—Introducing Stephen Pohlmann
0:06:15—Sermon series: Reason for Everything
0:08:40—Defining the term apologetics
0:14:00—Defining evidential and classical methods
0:18:00—How Stephen chose what to focus on
0:23:00—Key questions among people in SA
0:41:40—Places to start getting into apologetics
0:47:40—All religions are the same and all gods are one
1:06:00—How to speak to kids about the Bible
1:10:00—Science and God
1:13:55—Do we always have to contend for the faith to the end?
1:21:00—Christians are hypocrites