Defense, Critique And Integration Of The 4 Apologetic Methods

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Defense, Critique and Integration of the 4 Apologetic Methods
Defense of Fideism To approach apologetics is to seek to fulfill the command of Scripture “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” In light of this, the believer ought to approach apologetics as the overflow of their relationship with Jesus. Approaching apologetics from the fideist perspective is to embrace the mystery and paradox of knowing God in faith, rather than through an extended philosophically rooted line of reasoning. Instead of using human means to explain the reality which is far above human understanding, fideist seek to share their encounter with Jesus, the ultimate reality, rather than attempting to define him within our subpar fleshly limitations under the title of religion. To begin in this discussion, the first point of fideism, which is often misunderstood is the assertion made by the term, fideism, itself. The idea of approaching apologetics “by faith alone” can be identified with a disregard for theology and a disregard for cognitive processes, alternatively it also can be understood as Evans puts it: “Responsible fideism offers (paradoxical as it may sound) a reasoned case for viewing faith as justified even though what it believes is above, beyond, or in some sense against reason” This repositions the common assumption of fideism and asserts it’s authentic validity and believability. Fideism brings a different approach to…

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