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Alister McGrath

Mere Apologetics

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    We are not limited to arguments appealing to human reason, but are able to engage every aspect of human nature—including human imagination, feelings, and intuition. In the following chapter, we shall consider a series of gateways to faith, assessing their significance and how each might best be used.
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    But in many ways, apologetics can be thought of as getting a serious conversation under way by getting our audience—whether it is a single person or a roomful of people—interested and intrigued by the deep questions we are exploring
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    Notice how I developed an approach that is apologetic, not evangelistic. I did not set out to convert, but to entice, intrigue, interest, and ultimately convince.
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    Apologetics begins the conversation; evangelism brings it to its conclusion.
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    I do not find that believing in God contradicts science, but rather that it gives me an intellectual and moral framework within which the successes of science may be celebrated and understood, and its limits appreciated.
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    C. S. Lewis once wrote: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not just because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else.”
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    Faith offers a bigger picture of reality. It doesn’t just make sense to me; it makes sense of me as well.
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    Calvin then argues that a full knowledge of God, grounded in divine revelation, is able to engage these perceptions to allow them to be understood properly and to allow them to be reinterpreted, redirected, and hence ultimately fulfilled by redemption through Christ.
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    Philosopher John Cottingham recently offered a fine account of why the Christian belief in God is so intellectually robust and spiritually satisfying:

    It provides a framework that frees us from the threats of contingency and futility that lurk beneath the surface of supposedly self-sufficient and autonomous secular ethics. It offers us not a proof but a hope that the “cave” of our human world (to use Plato’s image) is not utterly sealed and closed, but that our flickering moral intimations reflect the ultimate source of all goodness.
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    Christian theology is the loom that allows them to be woven together so their true significance can be appreciated and understood. While each thread may be appreciated individually, they have a greater significance when they are woven together to form a coherent and beautiful pattern.
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    Maybe God has planted the idea of eternity in our hearts as a clue to the true meaning of the universe. Maybe we are meant to think such thoughts and experience such longings because that’s the way God created us.
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    The apologist’s task is to connect with this deep intuition of the human heart and show how the Christian faith makes sense of it and offers a real hope that is firmly grounded in the reality of God.
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    This notion of hope is deeply embedded within western culture. In her recent study of cultural attitudes toward heaven, journalist Lisa Miller noted individuals and societies seemed to be hardwired to believe in “a place that embodies the best of everything—but beyond the best . . . what’s most beautiful, most loving, most just, and most true.”[112] This might, of course, be nothing more than a delusion, a piece of wishful thinking that shields us from the darker realities of life. Or it might represent a clue to our true identity and significance. For Miller, we have a “radical hope” that keeps us going, even in situations of despair. It is easy to see how this can be correlated with the Christian vision of hope, grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the firm and confident expectation of finally being in the presence of God in the New Jerusalem.
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    We already possess a sense of the brevity of human life, and a deep-seated intuition that there is more to reality than the brief slice of time and space allocated to us. Our transient existence in this world suggests the possibility of something greater and better beyond it. We have a hunch we were made for more than just this life. But what? And how do we take hold of it?
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    Clue 8: Eternity—The Intuition of Hope
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    Authentic existence is not to be had through possessions, status, or power, but through embracing and being embraced by the loving and living God.
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    Throughout Scripture, God is understood to be a person—not an impersonal force—who loves us and wants to enter into a relationship with us.
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    We trust in a God who loves us and gives us hope for the future.
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    We must never forget that the core biblical idea of faith is fundamentally about trusting a God who shows himself to be worthy of that trust, in word and deed. The ideas of faith, hope, and love are deeply interconnected.
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    Yet Christianity speaks of God entering into our history and allows us to abandon the cold and unfeeling world of ideals in favor of a world charged with the thrilling personal presence of God.
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