The Christian Mind Q&A

2012 Ligonier Conference


At the 2012 Ligonier Conference, called "The Christian Mind," five of the conference speakers sat down for a Q&A session to focus on the origin of the earth, intelligent design, and how we should teach these things to young people. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.



All of these are difficult questions, and even in the church we have room for disagreement on several of these issues. In the end, the speakers all agreed that the existence of God and the supremacy of His Word must be the most important things we argue for. We still need to equip ourselves, however, to be able to intelligently reason for and defend our faith.

Below, you will find an adaptation of each question that the moderator posed to the panel. Write your own thoughts for each of these. You can do this in several different ways.
  • write how you would answer if you were on the panel
  • write it as if you were explaining to a lay person you typically encounter in your ministry
  • write something you learned that was shocking, encouraging, or otherwise impactful
Choose the option that is most meaningful to you for each of these questions.

Stephen Meyer said that Darwinian evolution is the only origin theory that most high school and college students are taught. Which origin theories should be taught to students, and what should the instructor make his goal for these lessons?
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R.C. Sproul explained the differences between pre-suppositional, evidential, and classical apologetics. How should we prepare ourselves in the field of apologetics so that we can affectively witness to the lost?
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Del Tackett said that "the college campus is the most hostile place in our country to the Christian worldview." What must the church and parents do to prepare college students to enter that hostile territory?
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R.C. Sproul Jr. said that children are done a disservice when they are taught a watered-down version of the Bible that is only focused on niceness. How should we talk about the Bible to children who are too young to understand hard concepts like murder, suicide, adultery, depression, or eternal judgment?
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Michael Horton said that "churches are dumbing down Christians at an alarming rate." What should churches do for young people (and old, for that matter) to reverse this trend?
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Does the expression, "doctrine divides", come out of anti-intellectualism?
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What are your thoughts on the old earth vs. young earth debate?
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Thank you for taking the time to work through these difficult questions. Remember the things you have learned from this post as you interact with people in real world ministry, and always enter into apologetics with a spirit of love.


If you are interested in the True U resource that Del and Stephen created, you can find it at the Ligonier online store here.

If you are interested in learning more about R.C. Sproul's Ligonier Ministries, visit their website at ligonier.org