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Apologetics Training

 In an article titled “Insights for Apologetics from Other Disciplines,”  I focused on a number of things, but essentially, the necessity of good questions so as to (1) gain information from our opponents, (2) expose weaknesses in their arguments, (3) better understand what their objections are, and (4) ensure that we are discussing the real issues involved rather than missing the point.

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Insights For Apologetics From Other Disciplines

This is, to be sure, an intriguing title for this essay.  Nevertheless, professional apologists know that other disciplines are important in order to carry out their programs.  For instance, the findings of science are significant in providing evidence to the apologist, in spite of the fact that science is not equipped to deal with the question of origins.  Likewise, for Christian apologetics, theological insights are invaluable.  And, the weaknesses in either area of study form valuable thematic studies also.  If one denies freedom, or the nature of consciousness, then any “theological” position and/or any “scientific” position where either of these are questioned or denied exposes an impotence in the position.  For, both theology and science depend upon freedom and consciousness to even begin their work!  And, without freedom and consciousness, no one could expect another to either understand or accept their conclusions.  How could one, for instance, “change her mind,” if there really is no consciousness or freedom at all?

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Practical Atheism and Practical Theism

I have personally seen articles and books on “practical atheism.”  Different than speculative atheism or philosophical atheism, “practical atheism” is found in the lives of many people who believe in God but who live as if He does not exist.  “Practical theism” is quite another issue.  I have never seen anything written on this before, with the exception of what I have written myself.  “Practical theism” exists in the person who doubts or is uncertain as the existence of God, but “acts as if” He really does exist (whether they have decided this on their own, or they have been counseled to adopt this position).  I intend to address both of these issues in this essay.

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