Darwin exhibit in at the American Museum of Natural History. Screenshot from exhibit web site. Its best-known exponent was English theologian William Paley, creator of the famous watchmaker analogy. If we find a pocket watch in a field, Paley wrote inwe immediately infer that it was produced not by natural processes acting blindly but by a designing human intellect.
Part 3 What does the word "apologetics" mean? The word "apologetics" is derived from the ancient Greek word apologia, which means, an apology. But rather, an apology in the ancient sense of the word - which is to make a reasoned defense of something or someone.
In ancient times, the word apology referred to the case a lawyer would make on behalf of his client. Apologetics is about building the case for our Faith Basically, there are 3 types of apologetics: Natural apologetics builds the case for truths we can know from the "natural" light of reason.
Truths that can be known without any divine intervention. Truths which the articles of our Faith rest upon and build upon. Truths such as the existence of God, the innate spirituality of the human soul, the objective reality of right and wrong Christian apologetics, on the other hand, builds the case for divinely revealed truths - truths that cannot be known by reason apart from faith.
Truths such as the reality of biblical miracles, the divinity of Christ, the Virgin Birth, and the Resurrection to name a few. Catholic apologetics encompasses all of Christian apologetics - since Catholicism is the fullness of Christianity - but Catholic apologetics tends to focus on those truths of Christianity that are not generally believed by non-Catholic Christians.
Back to top Are there any basic rules for doing apologetics? We need to always keep in mind 1 Ptr 3: So, how can we "always be prepared" to make a defense of our Faith? Pray to the Holy Spirit. Pray that He will give you the courage to share your Faith and the wisdom to choose your words carefully and profitably.
Just learn a little bit more about your Faith each and every day. Listen to apologetics tapes. Read books on or by the Saints. Learn a little bit at a time.
Will you make mistakes? Will you get into tight spots Of course you will, but Peter made mistakes! He got into tight spots.
Yet, Jesus told Peter not to be afraid. Because if we are sincere in our desire to share the truth with othersAug 30, · August 30, The removal of school prayer and why religion should be taught as a General Education Course Teaching religion and prayer in public schools has been a very controversial subject in America for many years now.
Should creationism be taught in public schools essay, Creationismin a nutshellis the belief that God or some form of higher power had a hand in the creation of mankind and the universe. Thesis--Should Creationism or its alter ego Intelligent Design be taught in public schools--if so where Discussion of thesis including my view on the subject Conclusion.
I realized early on that many instructors teach introductory biology classes incorrectly.
|Creationism - Wikipedia||Why should evolution be taught in school? Science should be taught in school.|
Too often evolution is the last section to be taught, an autonomous unit at the end of the semester. There was a pretty massive shift in the s and s when northern Democrats starting supporting the civil rights movement (among other things). Public schools are not, and should not be, in the business of teaching faith-based religious beliefs as alternatives to science.
Evolution is based in discovery, empirical evidence, the testing of hypotheses through the scientific method, and intense scrutiny via peer review of findings and theories.