Joyful Apologetics:

Date: 28th June 2018

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Articulating Christian Freedom, Peace and Desire What are we to make of the ‘New Atheism’ and of those hugely popular 21st century books which argue that Christianity is not just wrong but intolerable, and which seek to marginalize and silence Christian voices in the public square?

Joyful Apologetics is a one-day course which argues that, if we are to respond effectively to this contemporary wave of thought and emotion, we need to begin by listening to it and taking it seriously. In other words, before we speak, we need to learn why it is that so many people feel that Christianity offers a joyless and futile life – constricted, inauthentic, immoral, dangerous, hostile to human flourishing. This course is for licensed ministers, both lay and ordained. We shall ask what makes the New Atheism plausible and appealing in our society, and we shall spend time together considering how to respond – by articulating and communicating, effectively and confidently, the freedom, peace, joy, fulfilment which we find in following Christ. In this task, we shall draw from the riches of the Bible and we shall learn from a range of examples in Christian history. There will be plenty of opportunities to develop ideas and discuss options in small group work throughout the day. The day is led by the Revd Dr Joe Kennedy, and is a sequel to his CME day entitled ‘Rethinking Apologetics’ which ran in June and November 2017. It is also accessible as a stand-alone course if you were unable to attend the first day. Joe Kennedy is Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College, where he teaches both apologetics and missiology. In addition, Joe is Vicar of Oxton St Saviour in Birkenhead. Before coming to Oxton seven years ago, Joe was Principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and Dean and Fellow of Selywn College in the University of Cambridge. Venue: Foxhill House and Woodland, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB Refreshments and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event. To book your place, click on the link below or contact Jane Hood tel: 01928 718834 ext 257


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