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Introduction to Apologetics

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Northwestern Theological Seminary Course Assignment #1 Summary, Interpretation and Conclusion Introduction to Apologetics as presented by Dr. Bert Thompson October 29, 2010

Northwestern Theological Seminary Course Assignment #1 Summary Introduction to Apologetics as presented by Dr. Bert Thompson

Dr. Thompson opens his dissertation with an explanation of ―free will‖ and our ―freedom of choice‖ that God has bestowed upon the human race.

As author Peter Ward states in his paper, Freedom of Choice, ―All of life is a choice. Every day we choose between tea and coffee, we choose whether to get up or stay in bed, we choose whether to read the newspaper or watch television. In our democratic countries we even have to choose our elected representatives in government. We constantly make choices. We should be thankful that we have this incredible freedom of choice.‖

The positive Word of God has much to say about our ability to choose. The tremendous power available to us specifically to make choices relative to our lives in beyond comprehension at times. We have the freedom as individuals to determine where our life is going and how we can make it productive for God's glory. My question, often times is ―why would God do this?‖ It is my belief that Dr. Thompson give us an excellent explanation, using several passages and quotes, of the fact that God gave us this freedom and it is a very powerful introduction to Apologetics.

One of the basic distinctions of the Christian message is that individuals are not robots in the hands of an omnipotent Dictator; we are not pawns upon the chessboard of life. We always have the freedom of choice.

Even in Old Testament times, He reminds His special people, for whom He has already done so much, that they still had a choice. The theological term for this is "free will". Every person has free will; God has to encourage us to exercise our will to follow His will for us. Perhaps you have seen those signs in the boss's...


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