This week on the White Horse Inn our hosts are joined by Greg Koukl in a live broadcast before the White Horse Inn Weekend in Vail, CO. Greg Koukl is a Christian apologist, radio talk show host, author, speaker, and the founder of the Christian apologetics organization Stand To Reason. He is the author of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions and most recently Precious Unborn Human Persons. In this interview Koukl discusses with the panel the topic of the American Religion. What is that Americans believe? What is their relationship to pluralism? How should Christians respond in this milieu? Join us this week on the White Horse Inn as we look at what it means for Christians to live in this context through these important questions.
“The thing that ultimately, or often, breaks through the apathy particularly of young people is when they are in crisis mode. When something forces them to engage the ultimate issues of life, like say, the death of somebody close by them, or the death of a lot of people in the news, and then they begin to address the ultimate issues. I think that they’re forced to at least countenance them. I think this is an opportunity for Christians to then probe. For me, my approach is not to immediately advance the Christian worldview but rather to ask that person of the adequacy of their own view to deal with these issues. ‘From where you come, materialist, skeptic, atheist, New Age, how do you integrate this thing into your view in a way that really resonates with your deepest intuition?’ Frankly, I am pretty confident that they aren’t going to be able to do that well and then I can offer Christianity as a way of making sense of these things and not just making sense of their reality but giving an answer that is, in an appropriate sense, therapeutic to their circumstance.”
Term to Learn
“Objective Truth vs. Subjective Truth”
Objective” truth is rooted in the nature of the object under consideration and transcends the opinions of any subject considering this object. “Subjective” truth is rooted in the opinions and beliefs of the subjects who hold them and vary from person to person.
(Adapted from J. Warner Wallace, ” Objective Truth Is One Thing, But Objective Moral Truth Is Another”)