Having defined 4 key epistemologies in my previous video posts on Rationalism, Agnosticism, Experientialism, and Pragmatism. It is a good time to remind new readers that the focus of this series is to develop a healthy Incarnational Apologetic which I define as follows.
Incarnational Apologetics is not to convince others that the Church is “relevant” NOR to persuade them of the truth.
Incarnational Apologetics is our Divine-mission to remove false-shelters that keep God’s Lost children from a personal encounter with the Spirit of Jesus Christ and knowing Him as the Way, the Truth and the Life!
For those of us living in the West, this Incarnational Apologetic must thrive in a culture that has shifted to a decidedly postmodern worldview. To explore this, I will take the next few posts to examine the 4 essential problems:
First, what is secularization?
Secularization is the process through which ideologies, institutions, faiths, feelings, reason, and individuals are stripped of their foundational core resulting in the loss of identity, value, social, and moral meaning.
In considering the problem of secularization, Bruce Shelly in his book “Church History in Plain Language” gives this concise analysis.
Secularization has, in effect, undercut any reasonable Christian definition, and the man or woman on the street is left with a religious faith defined by inner feelings.
The following video outlines both this problem of secularization and how we, as incarnational apologists, can remove the roof of deception that shields the unbeliever from the light and life of Jesus Christ.