In previous posts, it has been my goal to set the groundwork for a study in Christian case-making for the believer, showing the importance of doing so as commanded by the Bible and modeled
by important figures in the Bible itself. I also gave some practical reasons for study. The prior post made a brief defense and explanation for evangelism and proselytization for the intended benefit of those who are not believers and have questions or problems with the idea.
Today, I want to lay out the outline for where the following posts will be going. I think you’ll see the strategy and intuitive nature of the outline, but credit for this particular layout of the plan goes in large part to Brett Kunkle of Stand to Reason and Frank Turek of Cross Examined. In short, this model of study assumes nothing. We will establish foundations for each step from which we will build the next foundation to the next level until we have fully demonstrated the reasonable nature of the fundamental Christian claims.
| Has God spoken? |
| Has God acted? |
| Does God exist? |
| Does Truth exist? Is Truth knowable? |
Starting in the next post, I’ll begin at the bottom-most level and begin working up on these topics:
- Does Truth exist? Is Truth knowable? Christianity claims to be historically, factually, and existentially True; not just useful or subjectively relevant, but True for everyone. If there are no absolute truths, or there are but we cannot know them, the claims and assertions of Christianity make no sense, and no sense can be made of them.
- Does God exist? If truth can be shown to exist and be accessible in some way, in whole or in part, the next important question to investigate is that of God’s existence. And if a God exists, which one is it? Can we discover some attributes of this God and by comparison to the deities of different world religions come to narrow down the possibilities?
- Has God acted? Are miracles possible? Has modern science and philosophy shown that a belief in miracles are irrational?
- Has God spoken? How does God communicate to us? Which holy book contains the real words of God to man? How well does the Bible stand up under tests for accuracy and reliability?
Join me next time as we start talking about Truth!
Comments, questions? Email me through the form on my “about” page, we’ll discuss, and your comments may inspire a follow-up post!