Resurrection & Apologetics

If apologetics is giving a reason for the hope that is in us to any who would ask (1Pet. 3:15) and our ultimate hope is resurrection from the dead (Phil. 3:11) which was made possible by Christ’s resurrection, then doesn’t apologetics necessarily require a proclamation of the resurrection?

Paul’s hope was in the resurrection (Acts 24:15)  and he was put on trial for this hope in the resurrection (Acts 23:6; 26:6-8).  The whole of 1Corinthians 15 shows us that our hope is in the resurrection, in fact Paul said if in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied (1Cor. 15:19).

My question is: Is there any apologetic apart from the resurrection?


2 thoughts on “Resurrection & Apologetics

  1. I apologize that I have not got back on the other post…1 & 2 Kings has taken all weekend and I just printed out a study sheet on the two books. Now I have to write a paper for my class in Rhetoric and I have a paper due on Wednesday for Presbyterian Church History. Anyway, I wanted to recommend to you to resources that might be of interest here:

    A lecture by Lane Tipton titled Biblical Theology and Apologetics. Sorry it is a Real Media file. You can get the same material in his article “Resurrection, Proof, and Presuppositionalism: Acts 17:30-31” in Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics. Ed. K. Scott Oliphint and Lane G. Tipton (P&R, 2007), 41-58. Here is one of my favorite statements from the article “It becomes clear in the development of Paul’s argument that Paul the theologian of redemptive history is paul the apologists for the resurrection of Christ. This means that paul does not argue with one set of presuppositions as a theologian and another set of presuppositions as an apologists (emphasis his). He is not a methodologically schizophrenic. Paul does not alter his fundamental theological approach to covenant history in his address to the Athenian philosophers; rather he presents in a compressed, terse manner the central core of covenant history as it has reached its climax in the humiliation and exaltation of Christ. No abstract, formal, philosophical reasoning appears in Paul; rather, he argues as a covenant theologian of redemptive history” (pg. 44).

    Another source you may want to take a look at is a paper presented by “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: What Role should the Resurrection have in our Apologetic? An Answer from Presuppositional Apologetics”, by Kevin Zuber (unpublished paper presented at the 2003 ETS Conference, Atlanta GA).

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