Yesterday I posted a critical look at two Fuller Seminary’s professors’ argument that Jesus was not for carefully reasoned arguments. I want to balance that by saying that just because I argue that reasoning is important that does not mean it is okay to be rigorous with our reasoning and not have love. Both logic and love are compatible. In fact if we love others it require us to adhere to and use the laws of logic appropriately! And when we use the laws of logic, as Christians we ought to use it lovingly for the other person.
Here’s John Frame’s quote from the Doctrine of the Knowledge of God that reflect one way there is an inter-relationship between love and the laws of logic:
Perhaps you are beginning to see what a practical science logic is or at least should be! Love for our brethren requires careful thought. Unfortunately, we often leap recklessly to conclusions precisely on these matters that are most important, matters that require the most careful analysis . We jump to conclusions on those matters because we are passionate about them. The passion may be appropriate, but it ought to be channeled in a healthier direction. Our passion ought to give us a greater zeal for truth and for the means of attaining truth” (John Frame, Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, 293).
If we don’t want to miscommunicate and have problem in our relationship with others, it require us to be diligent in how we accurately understand what people are saying, and the right implication rather than the wrong ones of what their words mean. We need to also make sure our words to others are coherent.
Loving thoughts need to logical thoughts, etc.
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Christian apologist James White of Alpha Omega Ministries had debated Muslim apologist Ayoob Karim concerning the topic of whether or not Jesus was crucified. The title was creatively titled “Crucifixion or Crucifiction?” James White has loaded up online on Youtube the debate! I appreciate all the debate and discussion that James White has endeavored on in reaching Muslims and graciously while uncompromisingly share the Christian faith to Muslims.
Here’s the video:
Here is the video description:
One of the most famous presentations made by the late Ahmed Deedat was his talk, “Crucifixion or Crucifiction?” In this debate from Durban, South Africa, Deedat disciple Ayoob Karim presents Deedat’s arguments in full debate against James White. Judge for yourself how well Deedat’s arguments fare!
May the Lord use this to draw people to His Son Jesus Christ!
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Posted in Apologetic Links, Biblical ethics, christian apologetics, Christian conservative, Christian ethics, Christian worldview, Christianity, complementarianism, Cornelius Van Til, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, The Master's Seminary, Theology, Van Til, Worship on December 14, 2014 |
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South Bay Alliance Church has hosted a monthly series in 2014 on the topic of Christian Ethics. I commend this church for their moral courage to tackle on various issues some of which are controversial in our day and age. I also appreciated the fact that they approached these topic with the desire and effort of being biblical. I hope you would all enjoy these videos. I encourage you all to save this page and to share with others!
Introduction to Christian Ethics (January)
Woman, the Word and Worship (February)
The Statutes of Liberty (March)
Christians and Politics (April)
Christian Ethics: Euthanasia (May)
A Time for War (June)
Christian Ethics: Recovery of Vocation (July)
Contemplations for the Single Christian (September)
Worthy Life Aborted (October)
Homosexuality in the eyes of God (November)
Science, Philosophy, and God (December)
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Posted in Calvinism, Christianity, God, John Frame, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Reformed Theology, Sovereignty, systematic theology, Theology, theology proper on December 11, 2014 |
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Those of you who follow our facebook page and Twitter will know that we post John Frame quotes every morning Monday through Saturdays for your edification and Lord willing we plan to do this up until the end of 2015.
I thought today I post an extended quote that would be too long to post through Social Media.
One of the thing that I enjoy about reading John Frame is that it is not dry systematic theology but his exploration of the relationship of doctrines and the inter-connectivity of God’s truth makes me stand at awe of God when I see the coherence of Biblical truths. I would say it portray the beauty of God! It is not only wonderful as an apologetic (the coherence of the Christian worldview) but it moves me to worship God–we can call it “doxological apologetics” to borrow that phrase from another apologist!
Here John Frame makes the point with the example of the doctrine of God’s Sovereignty and human responsibility:
And so it often comes as an exciting discovery that doctrines that at first glance to be opposed are actually complementary, if not actually dependent one on another. For Calvinists, for example, divine sovereignty and human freedom are examples of that sort of dependence and complementarity. Although at first glance those doctrines appear to be opposed to one another, a closer look shows that without divine sovereignty there would be no meaning in human life and therefore no meaningful form of freedom. And if our concern for freedom is essentially a concern to maintain human ethical responsibility, we should observe that divine sovereignty is the source of human responsibility. Because the sovereign Lord is the cause of and authority over human responsibility we can say that God’s sovereignty–His absolute lordship–establishes human responsibility. Thus Scripture often places the two doctrines side by side, with no embarassment or sense of impropriety whatsoever (cf. Acts 2:23; 4:27f; Phil. 2:12f.). Human responsibility exists not ‘in spite of’ but ‘because of’ God’s sovereignty. Not only are the two compatible; they require each other” (John Frame, Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, 268).
In the past I have written on our blog on the importance on how PRAYER PRESUPPOSES THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD. I’m grateful to see John Frame point out something similar with human freedom and human responsibility necessitate the Sovereignty of God.
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