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July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Areas and Tools of Christian Apologetics

Here are 21 key areas and tools of Christian apologetics

  1. Stories/Parables/Allegories
  2. Questions
  3. Ethics/Sin
  4. Virtue/Character
  5. Forgiveness
  6. Identity
  7. The Gift
  8. Leadership/Wisdom
  9. Love/relationship (faith/trust)
  10. Service/social justice
  11. Felt needs
  12. Spiritual disciplines
  13. Intentionality
  14. Mens ministry/Womens ministry
  15. Cultural analysis/Foolishness of the world
  16. Adventure/risk
  17. Science and Religion
  18. Historical/Cultural (impact)
  19. Historical Jesus
  20. Art/poetry/literature
  21. Logic/philosophy

 

July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Dr. Jürgen Habermas on Christianity and Human Rights–The Real Quotes

There are at least two versions of this quote:

“Universalistic egalitarianism, from which sprang the ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights and democracy, is the direct legacy of the Judaic ethic of justice and the Christian ethic of love. This legacy, substantially unchanged, has been the object of continual critical appropriation and reinterpretation. To this day, there is no alternative to it. And in light of the current challenges of a postnational constellation, we continue to draw on the substance of this heritage. Everything else is just idle postmodern talk.”

Jürgen Habermas – “Time of Transitions“, Polity Press, 2006, pp. 150-151, translation of an interview from 1999

“The ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights and democracy, is the direct legacy  of the Judiac ethics of justice and the Christian ethic of love…To this day, there is no alternative to it…We continue to draw on the substance of this heritage.  Everything else is just idle postmodern talk.”

Jürgen Habermas, Religion and Rationality, p. 149

This is re-quoted from Timothy Keller, An Invitation to the Skeptical: Making Sense of God

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July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Eleanor Roosevelt Quote–Face your Fears

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Understanding the micro and the local is important to understanding the world

“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi”

-William Faulkner

July 11, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Aristotle Quotes on Friendship and Virtue

Friendship . . .is a virtue and is besides most necessary with a view to living. Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.

Aristotle

Moreover, friendship would seem to hold cities together, and legislators would seem to be more concerned about it than about justice. For concord would seem to be similar to friendship and they aim at concord among all, while they try above all to expel civil conflict, which is enmity.

Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics, Book VIII)

Friendship is perhaps the highest summit of the moral life. in which virtue and happiness are united. Friendship is a worthy outlet for the talents and energies of great-souled people. Friendship likewise completes and goes beyond justice. The goodness shown in noble friendships seems higher than justice because it is entirely dependent upon one’s own character and choice and is not defined or compelled by law. Acts of friendship seem both more truly generous and more conducive to one’s own happiness than acts done strictly because they are moral. Acting for the sake of what is good means having primary regard for one’s own virtue and the good of one’s own soul, whereas acting for a friend seems to be self-forgetting. And spontaneous acts of friendship tend to be more pleasant than impersonal acts of virtue for the doer as well as for the recipient.

Lorraine S. Pangle, Aristotle and the Philosophy of Friendship, p. 7.

Good relationships, and especially friendships based on admiration of the good qualities of one’s friend bring the best out in people.

Gerard Hughes, Aristotle on Ethics, p. 176

June 22, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

CS Lewis Quotes on the Doctrine of Hell and the Afterlife

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.”

In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell is itself a question: “What are you asking God to do?” To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But he has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what he does.

“To enter Hell is to be banished from humanity. What is cast (or casts itself) into Hell is not a man: it is ‘remains’..”

What is cast (or casts itself) into hell is not a man: it is ‘remains’. To be a complete man means to have the passions obedient to the will and the will offered to God: to have been a man…would presumably mean to consist of a will utterly centred in its self and passions utterly uncontrolled by the will.”

For more, I suggest reading here.

June 18, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Kyle Maynard’s Insightful Words on Disability

“I know there are many people who, whether they admit it or not, view disabled people as inferior. We are “broken” in their eyes–we are of no use, no value. And we are just running out the string on life. But I believe that we are all disabled in one way or another–including disabilities of character and personality. My disability just happens to be more visual than some”

–Kyle Maynard