About

“Apologetics and Agape” – we Christians need to do both – both give apologetic answers to issues of the Faith, and to genuinely love people as people.

This site is basically about Christian apologetic issues and defending Biblical Christianity; especially focused on answering Muslims; but also any other Biblical, moral, social or political issue that I desire to discuss as seems fit to address.  I will probably be commenting on Roman Catholicism, church history, homosexuality, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, atheism/skepticism/Darwinian Evolution, other false doctrines such as “The Word of Faith” Movement, and Abortion also.

I also have in my title “agape”, which is one of the Greek NT words for “love”; and I sincerely believe that even though we disagree strongly with the doctrines, practices, theology, and politics of Islam and Sharia law; we are commanded to love Muslims as people who are created in the image of God.  (Genesis 1:26-28)  Muslims see any criticism or attack on their doctrines or the Qur’an or Hadith or their prophet, Muhammad, as also attacks against them.  That is not my intent.   We cannot avoid all offense; but hopefully, Muslims can see that I try hard to stick to issues and principles and doctrines; and not go “ad homimen” (attacking people)  on them.

απολογια – “apologia” where we get “apologetics” from.  Means basically a reasoned Scriptural and doctrinal answer to questions about the faith of Christianity; a defense.  I Peter 3:15 “defense” (see below).  Contending for the faith means to be involved in apologetic answers for people who have questions or who make attacks or have mis-understandings about Christianity.

αγαπη – “agape” = love

Jude 3

contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints

Jude 21

. . . keeping yourselves in the love of God . . .

I Peter 3:15

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

2 Corinthians 5:14

For the love of Christ controls us . . .

So, we see the need for both, apologetics and agape love in Scripture.

I also blog over at Beggar’s All Reformation and Apologetics with James Swan and others.

7 Responses to About

  1. Pingback: Does Islam Teach “Substitutionary Atonement”? – A Response to a Christian Apologist – Blogging Theology

  2. Roger Pearse says:

    Hello,

    May I ask what WordPress theme you use? I really like this one.

    Your post on “Liberal Pastors and Liberal Scholars and Muslims using them” was very useful to me, as I am about to write a review of a muslim book also using James Dunn.

    Many thanks,

    Roger Pearse

    • Ken Temple says:

      Hi Roger,
      Thanks for your encouraging words and I am glad that my article on liberalism and Muslims was useful for you.

      The Theme Photo is a photo that either I myself or my daughter took this photo – in 2014, in Ephesus. It is the Odeon, a smaller theatre, not the more famous one (the main Amphitheater) and larger one.

      I used to use one of the provided theme photos, but I was messing around and noticing that it is possible to upload one’s own photos, so, after experimenting I decided on that one and uploaded it.

      I appreciate your Tertullian project and have visited there and looked around. I will always appreciate you answering me years ago when I emailed you and asked you about how surprised I was to discover that there are still a lot of the Patrology Greek and Latin / early church fathers that have yet to be translated into English yet.

      Did you know someone has recently translated all of Augustine’s “Unity of the Church” ?
      See here, in case you didn’t know:

      http://www.christiantruth.com/deunitateintroduction.html

      In Christ,
      Ken Temple

    • Ken Temple says:

      I am interested in the Muslim book and author that uses James Dunn – what is the name of it?
      and would love to read your review after you publish it.

  3. Roger says:

    Hello: not the photo, the WordPress theme itself? Or is that something that you didn’t get to choose?

    Thank you so much for your kind words. The book is “Before Nicea” by Abdul Haq al-Ashanti and Abdur Rahman Bowes. I reviewed it here.

  4. Roger says:

    Thank you so much!

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