A Future Force to be Reckoned With

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Max Andrews is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the future of philosophical and apologetic debate.

Much of his writing takes mental effort, but he cannot help but let his C.S. Lewis-esque heart and passion bleed through.

He has published a compendium of sorts…

http://sententias.org/2013/06/09/philsci-directory/

Valuable resource to say the least.

Thank you Max!

The Roots of Our Decline – Francis Schaeffer

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Francis Scheaffer (30 January 1912 – 15 May 1984) was a man who lived and articulated the debate points with prophetic foresight, as this video makes clear.

He was also a model in showing how apologetic methodology (Evidentialism and Presuppositionalism) need not be counter but rather complimentary of one-another.

A Study in Contrasts – Bonhoeffer & Himmler – The Sane and the Ravenous Beast – The Hero and the Guardian of Hell.

Okay, so it’s not apologetics per se, but here are two of the twentieth century’s most notably passionate children of ideology — in stark contrast.

Observation of these two contemporaries in time and culture presents a stunning case in the power of ideology. Both were massive personalities and passionate fighters for the cause they held dear. One died for what (or rather WHOM) he believed, the other killed for what he believed and ultimately consumed himself.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945
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Heinrich Himmler – October 7, 1900 – May 23, 1945
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyr, Lutheran pastor, theologian and author died at the hands of his brutal Nazi captors just days before WWII ended. He acted on his deep convictions about life, meaning, ethics, faith and it cost him his life.

But he holds a place so rich, so endearing, it is almost breathless to consider.

Heinrich Himmler, Nazi politician, police administrator, and military commander who became the second most powerful man in the Third Reich, was captured by Allied forces near the end of the war and took his own life by suicidal poisoning. He acted on his deep convictions about life, meaning, ethics (eugenics) and faith. It cost the life of millions.

He holds a place so haunting, so dark, so tyrannical, it is synonymous with evil itself.

How could these two be so close in terms of the culture in which they were raised, and yet so vivid a contrast regarding the effect of their lives?

Always, the beautifying or brutalizing power of ideology.

Bonhoeffer is emblematic of this reality — transcendent thinking does not equal irrelevant thinking. Few thinkers of the twentieth century model relevance more than Bonhoeffer. While you and I might not agree with every position he took, few can emulate his courage. He thought “outside the box” and followed his faith and thought with action — the action of a lion-hearted hero, yet gentle as a lamb — unless your name was Adolph.

But like Himmler, our own culture’s love-affair with destructive ideologies will consume us as well in the brutal end.

“…that you may be able to withstand in the evil day…and having done all, TO STAND” -Ephesians 6:13

Recommended site: http://www.dbonhoeffer.org/
Fantastic Audio interview with his filmmaker – http://youtu.be/Xmn5XB65H8k

You Wouldn’t Want to Take On These Guys!

Since this website intends to narrow the scope of apologetic content to the most passionate and genuinely heart-felt expressions in the debate…

The moral clarity and passionate conviction about the deep meaning of life in this video is stunning.

You will not want to miss this one!

Deep moral courage combined with conviction on fire…

Thank you Star Parker!

If Truth Exists…

He was a burning and shining light...” – John 5:35

As Jesus’ words testify to the alluring combination of both intelligence and passion (regarding John the Baptist) so I personally cannot help but look with both hope and admiration at those philosophers, apologists and truth-seekers who likewise hold a similar confluence of personal qualities.

To that admiration, this blog is devoted.

It is often observed that “all truth is God’s truth“. This blog is a humble attempt to glean, gather and appreciate passionate, lively defense of the truth from the Christian worldview.

Because if Truth exists in our universe, then nothing demands more passion then the articulation and defense of that Truth. Nothing.

So this blog will contain little of drawn-out, dispassionate theoreticalism. Rather limitation will be made to include only the most demonstrably living and passionately relevant expressions of dialogue and debate.

For the sake of the one in whom “we live and move and have our being” – Acts 17:28

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Seems to me that if we lose this battle, we’ve lost it all. Ideologies have enduring consequences and Christ-centered, passionate dialogue, engaging a culture bent on its own destruction is where it must begin.