A Case for Christianity: Was the Apostle Paul an Apologist?
by Teri Dugan
“The apostle Paul says what many pioneers of modern science believed, that nature itself is part of the evidence for the existence of God, ‘Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. So that men are without an excuse.’” – John C. Lennox, PhD., Professor of Mathematics at Oxford
A key branch of Christian Apologetics focuses on the existence and workings of God being evident through the design, complexity and mathematical stability of nature. Following the evidence to the implications it makes, in my view, is real science. However, as a biology teacher I am up against the monopoly and stranglehold Neo-Darwinian philosophy has on the public school curriculum in the United States. Understanding how Apologists like the Apostle Paul dealt with the philosophies of the cultures he ministered to might be a good example for us to follow.
The Apostle Paul wrote a majority of the New Testament Epistles and in each one of them you can find a form of apologetics being used. During Paul’s three missionary journeys he ran into cultures that are remarkable similar to what we have today. Paul’s skill at evaluating people and their worldviews was incredible. He used what they already knew to point them to the existence of the one true God of the Bible. His use of history, philosophy and science was remarkable. This makes him an excellent role model in showing us how to approach people with different beliefs and concepts of truth, even through the public school curriculum if we dare…
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