ANNUAL CATHEDRAL LECTURE
2:00pm, Saturday 23rd January 2016: The Nave, Chester Cathedral
‘A New Apologetics: Speaking of God in a World Troubled by Religion’
Professor Elaine Graham (Canon Theologian, Chester Cathedral)
What do we think of when we hear the term ‘Christian apologetics’? In some circles, it has become synonymous with the defence of Christian doctrine in the face of unbelief or heresy, but often this has been narrowed down into arguments drawn from proof-texts or adversarial exposition of propositional belief. The challenge of apologetics today is to speak across a ‘post-secular divide’ in the face of a culture ‘troubled’ by religious movements perceived to be toxic, hypocritical or divisive. In a world which, as Terry Eagleton has put it, appears ‘divided between those who believe too much and those who believe too little’, can the Church justify its place amidst the crowded and fractious spaces of public life; and how can ordinary Christians bear witness to their faith with integrity?