To Read This Week: Bumper Sticker Worldviews, Relational vs. Rational Apologetics, and Tough Questions

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 11.45.35 AMBumper Sticker Worldviews at Canon Fodder – Michael J. Kruger, professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary examines bumper stickers and their worldview.  Real fun read. A short excerpt:

The other day I pulled up behind a car that contained a litany of bumper stickers expressing their view about all sorts of things.  They were not hiding their worldview (or at least parts of it).

But, as might be expected, this individual apparently took very little time to consider whether the content of these stickers made sense or even agreed with one another. So, I decided it would be interesting to evaluate this person’s “bumper sticker worldview.”  Below is a photo of the bumper (forgive the fuzziness, it was not an easy shot!) and I will analyze each sticker one at a time.

This article will make the commute to and from work a little more intellectually stimulating.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 9.50.48 PMRelational vs. Rational Apologetics at ThinkingApologetics – Excerpting from Loving God with Your Mind: Essays in Honor of J. P. Moreland this page provides some insight on the rational apologetics in contrast with relational apologetics.  In short, there are four reasons to engage in rational apologetics:

1. It is a biblical command (Jude 3; 1 Peter 3:15) for which we have pristine examples in the ministries of Jesus and Paul. 2. Apologetics serves to remove impediments to faith 3. It strengthens believers 4. Apologetics contributes to health in the culture at large.

The book is a series of essays written to honor J. P. Moreland.  The backcover describe the book:

Over the past twenty-five years, no one has done more than J. P. Moreland to equip Christians to love God with their minds.  In his work as a Christian philosopher, scholar, and apologist, he has influenced thousands of students, written groundbreaking books, and taught multitudes of Christians to defend their faith. 

In honor of Moreland’s quarter of a century of ministry, general editors Paul M. Gould and Richard Brian Davis have assembled a team of friends and colleagues to celebrate his work.  In three major parts devoted to philosophy, apologetics, and spiritual formation, scholars such as Stewart Goetz, Paul Copan,  Douglas Groothuis, Scott Rae, and Klaus Issler interact with Moreland’s thought and make their own contributions to these important subjects.  Moreland concludes the volume with his own essay, “Reflections on the Journey Ahead.”

Video with J. P. Moreland: “Real Answers to Tough Questions, A Talk with J. P. Moreland”  The above book of essays are in honor of J. P. Moreland.  Below is an excellent video of Dr. Moreland answering tough questions from the audience and Jessup University.