Introduction -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Christian Apologetics Journal
Volume: CAJ 11:2 (Fall 2013)
Article: Introduction
Author: Anonymous


Introduction

In this issue of our Journal, we explore one of the “hot–button” topics among conservative Christians today: the age of the earth. Solid, Bible–believing Christians who believe in the inerrancy of Holy Scripture currently hold differing positions as they approach this critical issue.

Some of the most important thinkers in the young–earth creationist community have employed a version of apologetic methodology called Presuppositionalism. In the following pages, six scholars interact with important questions. Does a presuppositional apologetic lead one to a young–earth position? What role, if any, should general revelation play in apologetic encounters with unbelievers? When, if ever, is it permissible to allow data from outside the Bible to interpret the Bible?

The three positions that are discussed are Classical Apologetics & Creationism, Young–Earth Presuppositionalism, and Covenantal Apologetics & Old Earth Creationism. Each contributor presents his position, then has a response from each of the other contributors, and closes with a reply. Three guest reviewers have been selected by the contributors to give their thoughts on all of the material presented.

It is our prayer that as you read the articles in this issue of the Journal, you will come away with an even greater appreciation both of the important issues that are at stake and the fact that these are disagreements among devout fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

The philosophical approach each contributor utilizes as he deals with the issues under discussion makes for the lively, irenic, and hopefully constructive, interchanges contained in this volume.

Richard Land, D.Phil., Editor–in–Chief

Floyd Elmore, Ph.D., Executive Editor


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