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dc.contributor.authorSotak, Max Harrison
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-19T07:16:10Z
dc.date.available2013-04-19T07:16:10Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/8417
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D. (Dogmatics))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2012
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study is to assess the cogency of Francis Schaeffer‘s apologetic in light of John Frame‘s triperspectival epistemology, giving special attention to the existential perspective evident throughout Schaeffer‘s trilogy. The study achieves this aim by employing the instrumental case study method to meet five specific objectives. First, the study determines the extent to which Schaeffer‘s existential perspective is recognized within the apologetic literature that critically engages with his ideas. Based on these sources, the study determines that this perspective is recognized in Schaeffer‘s work but not as an integral component within a broader perspectival approach to apologetics. Second, the study discovers the ways in which Frame‘s triperspectivalism may be used in analyzing apologetic systems to reveal their strengths, weaknesses and cogency. By giving attention to Frame‘s system as a meta-apologetic, it is evident that this tool is applicable to Schaeffer and to other apologists. This establishes Frame‘s perspectivalism as an appropriate theoretical model to use in an instrumental case study on apologetics. Third, the study analyzes the ways in which Frame‘s triperspectivalism is reflected in Schaeffer‘s trilogy, highlighting the existential perspective. Meeting this objective establishes the central theoretical argument of the study, showing that Frame‘s epistemology reveals the underlying cogency of Schaeffer‘s apologetic credibly (?) and does so most profoundly with respect to the existential perspective. Fourth, the study compares Schaeffer‘s existential perspective with that of E.J. Carnell and secular existentialism, which both apologists confronted. On the basis of Carnell‘s critique of existentialism and his existential apologetic of personal rectitude, credible support is offered for Schaeffer‘s engagement with this philosophical movement and his own existential perspective. Fifth, support is offered for the current relevance of Schaeffer‘s apologetic of personal rectitude by showing how the postmodern situation he anticipated is best addressed using the apologetic tools he offers.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherNorth-West University
dc.subjectAntithesisen_US
dc.subjectApologetic Evangelismen_US
dc.subjectEpistemologyen_US
dc.subjectEvidentialismen_US
dc.subjectExistentialismen_US
dc.subjectPersonal Rectitudeen_US
dc.subjectPresuppositionalismen_US
dc.subjectRevelationen_US
dc.subjectTranscendental Argumenten_US
dc.subjectTriperspectivalismen_US
dc.subjectTruth Testsen_US
dc.subjectVerificationalismen_US
dc.titleApologetic evangelism and personal rectitude : the existential perspective in Francis Schaeffer's trilogyen
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