Truth Beauty and Imagination: Christian Apologetics in a Postmodern Context

Speaker(s): Alister McGrath
Date: June 27 - July 1, 2011
Length: 12h43m
Product ID: RGDL4112S

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This course aims to reassure, encourage, and resource all those engaged in apologetic ministries, including parish clergy, parachurch workers, Christian academics, and lay people with workplace ministries. It explores how we can use reason, emotions, and the imagination to convey rationality, reliability, and delight of the Christian faith in the contemporary cultural situation. Topics considered include the challenges posed by the New Atheism; how to use words, images, and stories effectively; apologetic resources; how to construct apologetic addresses; and how to engage questions about faith winsmely and effectively. This course is ideal for those engaging in apologetic ministry, but will also be helpful to any who want to deepen their own grasp and appreciation of their faith. No prior knowledge of apologetics is required or assumed. Lectures Include:

  • Introducing Apologetics
  • Modernity and Postmodernity
  • Reason, Emotion, and Imagination
  • A Case Study: The Apologetic Approach of C.S. Lewis
  • Introducing the New Atheism
  • Words, Images, and Stories
  • Dealing with Objections to Faith
  • Class Discussion: The Apologetic Potential of Recent Novels and Movies
  • Conclusion: Apologetics, Evangelism, and Ministry

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Alister E. McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. He is author of many books, including A Scientific Theology,The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World, Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life, and The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine.n

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