Tough Questions for Dummies

TBW 2013 Flyer Page 1The topic of The Big Weekend in 2013 was ‘Tough Questions for Dummies’. Below you’ll find each of the four talks with outlines and presentation slides (talks 2-4).


Talk 1: Introduction to Tough Questions

  • Some barriers and roadblocks to the Christian faith
  • Key Bible verse – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 4:15-16
  • Two key points:
    • What to say
    • How to say it


Talk 2: Gearing Up for Tough Questions

  • Socrates, Plato and the Apostle Peter
  • A definition of Christian apologetics
  • The characteristics required
  • Conclusion


Talk 3: Answering Tough Questions

  • Three broad approaches to Christian apologetics
    • From what God has revealed
    • From what God has done
    • From what I have experienced
  • What does the Bible have to say?
  • What method should we use?
  • Apologetics in action and the existence of God
    • The cosmological argument
    • The teleological argument
    • The moral argument
    • The religious experience argument
  • Apologetics and the existence of God


Talk 4: Answering Tough Questions (continued)

  • Can I trust the New Testament documents?
    • Assumption 1: They are biased, but not distorted
    • Assumption 2: They are historically suspect
    • Assumption 3: They haven't been transmitted accurately
  • The Qur'an and the Bible
    • Islam is in the line of Judaism and Christianity
    • The Bible is God's revelation
    • The Qur'an and Christians
    • The Qur'an and the Bible
  • Dealing with the barriers: Christian doctrine
    The resurrection of Jesus from the dead

    • Evidence 1: The tomb was empty
    • Evidence 2: Women were the first witnesses
    • Evidence 3: Similarities and differences in accounts
    • Evidence 4: The disciples' transformation
  • Dealing with the barriers: Personal barriers