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Unshakable Foundations
By Peter Bocchino - President, Legacy of Truth Ministries

 

Intended Audience: Churches

Introduction To Apologetics

In the introduction to apologetics, you will learn why apologetics is primarily about Character and Relationships. The essential problem with trying to share your faith in a multicultural nation that views itself as postmodern and post-Christian will be identified and analyzed. You will also learn why Jesus is the only true Master Apologist and see how his method of handling tough questions (Matthew 21) can be utilized today in solving the problem of communicating in a multicultural society, across worldviews.

How To Think About Thinking & Truth

This session will introduce you to Logic and the first principle of all knowledge, the law of noncontradiction. The universal and inescapable nature of this simple but profound law leads us to question its origin and ultimate rational justification. The answer to this question is that there must be some ultimate mind that exists as the foundation for the laws of human thought. We will examine two popular, yet erroneous, views of truth (relativism and pluralism) and analyze them in light of the law of noncontradiction to show how they are ultimately self-defeating. With these views out of the way, we then explain why it is credible to believe that absolute truth exists and define Truth as a statement, idea, symbol, or expression that matches (corresponds to) reality.

Macroevolution Vs. Intelligent Design (Romans 1)

You will learn why science is based upon metaphysics. That is, science starts with reason (the laws of logic) and the principles of causality and analogy, which are necessary preconditions for the scientific method. Science has discovered that the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which holds the supreme position among all the laws of physics, demonstrates the credibility of an Infinitely Powerful first cause. You will also learn how a relatively new science, called “Information Theory,” leads to the conclusion that the genetic text and the first life form had an Intelligent Cause.

The Credibility of A Universal Moral Law (Romans 2):

We will use the historical context of Nazi Germany to show how the wrong view of human nature (macroevolution) and the wrong view of law (based upon human reason alone) leads to the devaluation of humanity and the violation of human rights. Furthermore, we will show how the prosecution argued for Justice at Nuremberg based upon an intuitive knowledge of “higher laws” (conscience) that transcends governments. The foundation for that higher law is a higher lawmaker—the Creator—who bestowed upon humanity intrinsic value that no government or people have a right to take away.

If God, Why Evil? (Various Scriptures)

This basic question will be answered, in light of the fact that only the theist can offer a valid answer to this question. We will show how the root cause of all evil is either a direct or indirect result of Human Freedom, which is a necessary precondition for true love. When people abuse their freedom, it results in what we call evil. The other questions that will be addressed in this session are: “What is evil?” “Where did evil come from?” “Why doesn’t God stop evil?”

First Principle of Christian Ethics & The Gospel

Here we will turn to Jesus for his analysis of the human condition, but we do so after we deal with the popular belief that Ethics and Morals are purely subjective and merely a matter of feelings or human instinct. This is done in light of the Postmodern / Post-Christian society we live in. Then we will look to Jesus and see what he has to say about ethics (his first principle of ethics), the root cause of humanity’s moral disease, and the permanent cure for that disease (The Gospel). The decision one makes on whether to accept or reject the teachings of Jesus on this topic, carries with it temporal and eternal consequences: a destiny of eternal bliss or eternal misery. Every person has been given enough evidence to make a rational decision about the need to turn to God for help and whether or not to believe in Jesus.