Thinking on theology, philosophy, and apologetics. For the Church; to God’s glory.
Develop substantive content in the areas of theology, philosophy, and apologetics in such a way that both the academically minded and the average person may be edified.
Theology is a vast field consisting of systematic, biblical, historical, practical, exegetical, and philosophical theology. While my aim is to incorporate all of these areas, my primary focus will be in the areas of systematic, biblical, and exegetical theology. The goal is to help strengthen the church in the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jd. 3).
Philosophy is not a dirty word. That it has come to be viewed as dirty by many is largely due to the skepticism and subjectivism that characterize modern and postmodern thought. At bottom, however, philosophy is the love of wisdom, and we all want to be wise (or we should). The classical (Plato, Aristotle, Cicero) and medieval (Augustine, Aquinas) philosophers, who I’ll simply call “the ancients,” were more attuned to philosophy’s true meaning, as they had a greater understanding and respect for the order of things. Put simply, my philosophical posts will largely correspond to the wisdom of the ancients, which includes the wisdom literature of the Scriptures.
There are several schools of thought or methods when it comes to apologetics, such as the classical, presuppositional, and evidential approaches. There are even variations within these schools. Rather than commit to one school as containing the be-all and end-all of Christian apologetics, I see elements of truth and value in each and recognize that the apologetic approach one takes will largely depend on the context and capabilities of the Christian. I therefore take an eclectic approach to apologetics, which is essentially the cumulative case approach, as articulated, for example, in Christian Apologetics (Groothuis) and Apologetics At the Cross (Chatraw and Allen).
Welcome! I’m the thinkist, thinking on things true, good, and beautiful in the areas of theology, philosophy, and apologetcs (cf. Phil. 4:8). I recognize that the definite article before thinkist may sound a bit pretentious. I would have simply gone with thinkist if the site wasn’t taken already, and a thinkist just doesn’t sound interesting. So, I beg your pardon as I refer to myself as the thinkist. You may call me Drew, though.
I have a BS in Religion: Biblical Studies from Liberty University (2010) and I am currently working on a MA in Christian Apologetics & Theology from Southern Evangelical Seminary.