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Briefing Outlines

Postmodernism and Current Theological Trends

The post­mod­ern par­a­digm has spawned many new philo­soph­i­cal and the­o­log­i­cal trends that affect ortho­dox, evan­gel­i­cal the­ol­o­gy. The pur­pose of this brief­ing out­line is twofold: For read­ers to be aware of these trends, and to be able to dis­cern if any of these changes…

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The Orthodox Church: Eastern Christianity

There are 215 mil­lion peo­ple in the world who align them­selves with one of the branch­es of Ortho­dox Chris­tian­i­ty some­times known as The East­ern Church. Beyond some stereo­types, West­ern­ers (Protes­tants) know very lit­tle about the dis­tinc­tive beliefs of this large branch of Chris­tian­i­ty. There are an esti­mat­ed 5.6 mil­lion Ortho­dox Chris­tians in the U.S.

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The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction

As you are no doubt aware, every year around East­er time the major net­works, cable chan­nels, and news mag­a­zines com­pete with spe­cials seek­ing to dis­cred­it Chris­tian­i­ty. Recent­ly the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel tried to shock Chris­ten­dom with the news that Christ?s tomb had not only been found , but his wife and son?s as well. It was not a hoax, but nei­ther was it seri­ous schol­ar­ship. It?s pro­duc­ers had seem­ing­ly high hopes of deal­ing a fatal blow to the Chris­t­ian faith by under­min­ing the phys­i­cal res­ur­rec­tion of Christ.

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The Triune God: The Foundation of the Christian Worldview

One of the claims we make as Chris­t­ian apol­o­gists is that only the Chris­t­ian world­view ful­ly explains what is. In oth­er words, it con­tains with­in itself the abil­i­ty to answer all the major philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions. In this brief­ing out­line it is my pur­pose to demon­strate the vital impor­tance of the Bib­li­cal doc­trine of the Trin­i­ty as the nec­es­sary foun­da­tion to that world­view. It should, and must be, our pri­ma­ry dog­ma (start­ing assump­tion).

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The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Dis­ci­ples, who became The Twelve Apos­tles put their lives on the line. All but one died a mar­tyrs death. Very unusu­al behav­ior if they had not actu­al­ly wit­nessed the res­ur­rect­ed Lord

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Worldviews and You

Today more than any time in his­to­ry world­views are in col­li­sion. Ideas do have con­se­quences! Today there is no longer a world­view con­sen­sus in our coun­try. The con­flict and the polar­iza­tion (see the abor­tion issue as an exam­ple) and polit­i­cal grid­lock we see are the result of the demise of the Chris­t­ian con­sen­sus which once under­gird­ed our soci­ety. Cur­rent­ly, our soci­ety is mul­ti-cul­­tur­al, or plu­ral­is­tic, and there is no strong world­view con­sen­sus.

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Facts About Israel and The Middle East

This brief­ing, we believe, is nec­es­sary, because in our opin­ion, the lev­el of pro­pa­gan­da and anti-Semi­­tism hasn?t been high­er since WWII. In addi­tion, the dom­i­nant media has been untrust­wor­thy in inform­ing the pub­lic. Cur­rent­ly, anti-Israel sen­ti­ment among the aca­d­e­m­ic left on col­lege cam­pus­es, and in West­ern Europe is unprece­dent­ed in recent times.

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Existentialism

Exis­ten­tial­ism as a phi­los­o­phy, or world and life view, is large­ly a 20th cen­tu­ry phe­nom­e­non. It is the very antithe­sis of Chris­t­ian belief in that it asserts the total auton­o­my of man. Hence it is one of the most vir­u­lent forms of human­ism. It spread rapid­ly because its adher­ents often con­vey its mes­sage in more artis­tic form rather than in dry philo­soph­ic tomes. Instead, their medi­um is often nov­els, plays, art, or movies. They are often pro­found­ly mov­ing and enter­tain­ing because they speak to real human con­di­tions.

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Postmodernism: A New Paradigm

For a PM every­thing is a text, and only sub­jec­tive inter­pre­ta­tion is pos­si­ble. One can nev­er know the intent of the author. We nev­er arrive at uni­ver­sal or objec­tive knowl­edge. But while we can nev­er know the author’s true mean­ing, you can be sure that the author’s words are meant to have repres­sive effect. This explains the trash­ing of the west­ern canon of lit­er­a­ture.

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