Friday, January 25, 2013

Christian Apologetics in A World Community

The following is a summary/review I submitted recently for a Philosophy course.

In Christian Apologetics in A World Community, William Dryness has written a book that attempts to show that God requires a total response involving mind, will and imagination actively participating in his ongoing program. Dryness unpacks his book by dividing it into two parts: part one develops an apologetic perspective; part two meets specific challenges to Christianity. Although Dryness believes that apologetic arguments should grow out of specific context; he sees that the major philosophical questions are global in their perspective. Dryness shows in his book that Christianity is able to provide a satisfying total perspective on the world in a way that no other religion can do.

In part one, Dryness does a thorough job of introducing apologetics and then giving a historical sketch from the New Testament and all through church history of apologetics. In regards to Christian apologetics in the world community, Dryness is accurate in his assessment that there should be at least three elements found: empirical, logical, personal. Dryness ends part one by asserting that Christianity is the project of God. Here he has set Christianity on the world stage, where it is proclaiming to tell everyone what God has done, is doing and will do in the world, and what as man our response to God should be. Dryness accurately shows that when compared with the alternative views, Christianity provides a more satisfying framework for life and reality.

In part two, Dryness is sincere and transparent about specific challenges to Christianity in the global realm. He does so by not writing off these challenges, but rather facing them head on as possibilities, but then shows why Christianity is the ultimate foundation. Instead of seeing most of these things in opposition to Christianity, Dryness shows how within the world we see where science is possible, where art is a source of delight, and where history is a tapestry weaving together all of human life. He shows how ultimately all of these flow out of one stream, God that Christians drink freely from.

Before concluding, Dryness is careful to show that Christians do not boast or rest at night because of the reasons for God. Instead Christians boast and rest at night because the heavenly father cares for and directs the course of creation and history. Although Dryness could have gone deeper with some of the objections to Christianity, he does a great job of making a clear and distinct differences and rebuttals to them from a Christian perspective.

In his book, Dryness attempts to show that God requires a total responsive mind, will and imagination actively participating in his ongoing program. After careful reading and evaluation of the work presented by Dryness, I too believe that God requires this total response involving mind, will, and imagination. In this short evaluation it can be seen the reasons behind both my conclusion and my agreement with Dryness is the reasons provided give full reason and assurance to the claims made by both.

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