"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 . . ."
(1 Peter )
OVERVIEW: This module
is an introductory presentation on responding to intellectual challenges to
the Christian Faith in the Caribbean, for Cell-/Small- Group leaders and other
Christian “Youth” or “Lay” leaders. In it, the case is first made that reason
and belief are inextricably intertwined; thus the question is not so much whether
one has a faith, but which one. The intellectual credibility of the historic
Christian Faith is then discussed, in the context of the biblical and historic
witness. Next, six issues of particular concern to Christians in the Caribbean are addressed: Sectarianism, Political
Messianism, the Media and Education, Evolutionary Materialism, Post Modernism,
and Islam. Thus, the importance of the life of the mind to credible Christian
witness, life and leadership in the region are explored. Finally, discussion
questions and an introductory level short bibliography are attached.
NOTICES: This course
module was originally created by Gordon Mullings, in 1985, for use as part of
a manual for Cell Group Leaders for the UCCF, in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
It has been subsequently revised and developed, to date. (DISCLAIMER: While
reasonable attempts have been made to provide accurate, fair and informative materials
for use in training, no claim is made for absolute truth, and corrections
based on factual errors and/or gaps or inconsistencies in reasoning are welcome.)
FAIR USE: The contents of this module are intended for use as a support
for learning about responding to the typical intellectual challenges to the Christian
Faith and gospel that are commonly
encountered in the Caribbean, especially in tertiary education and in commentary
in the regional and international media. Permission is therefore granted to link
to this page for fair use under intellectual property law, and for reasonable
citation of the linked content on this site for
church- or parachurch- group related training and/or for personal or academic
use; this specifically excludes reproduction, linking or citation for commercial,
controversial or media purposes without the Author's
written permission -- especialy where matters relating to the validity and
value of Faith/Religious/Atheological Commitments and Truth-Claims are being debated
or disputed. PDF version available,
under similar terms. COPYRIGHT:GEM 2002. All rights are reserved.