As the “one holy catholic and apostolic church” gave way to the myriad
Christian sects of today’s world, the task of the apologists changed
greatly. In addition to defending the Christian faith, modern
apologists have had to try to define exactly what Christianity is,
sometimes appealing to scripture, sometimes to reason. Further,
more recent apologists have had to confront objections to Christian
teaching considerably different from the challenges faced by earlier
apologists. Please demonstrate your understanding of these themes by
writing an essay of 1000-1500 words that addresses one (1) of the
The apologists of the Renaissance, Reformation and post-Reformation
periods faced objections to Christian ideas that were often
considerably different from earlier challenges to Christianity.
How did the apologists of modern period address these objections to
Christian faith? Which of them seems to you the most
successful? What challenges to faith proved the most difficult to
John Locke insisted on what he called the “reasonableness of
Christianity.” To what extent do the works of modern Christian
apologists show that Christianity is in fact a reasonable faith?
To what extent (and at what point) do they abandon reason?
Some literary works are valuable only within a limited historical
context. Others (like Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian
War) are “works for the ages.” Of the modern apologetic works we
read, which would seem most relevant to today’s readers? Which seem
more of purely historic interest? Which, if any, are “works for
Imagine a trial involving this REL 492 class in one way or another,
with charges brought against someone or something connected to the
court. Present the case of either the prosecution or the defense
(or perhaps both) would make at that trial. Possible "trials"
a. A case for or against REL 492 itself. Should the course be
taught at all?
b. A case for or against the way the course was taught and structured.
c. A case for your own role in REL 492: reasons you should get an A (or
shouldn't get an F).
From the Matthew's Gospel to Josh McDowell's Evidence that Demands a
Verdict, fulfilled prophecy has been a dominant theme in Christian
apologetics. Compare and contrast the ways in which some of the
Christian apologists used fulfilled scripture as part of their argument
From the time of the Mark's Gospel to Josh McDowell's Evidence that
Demands a Verdict, alleged miracles have been a dominant theme in
Christian apologetics. Compare and contrast the ways in which
some of the Christian apologists used miracles as part of their
argument for Christianity.
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