Defining our Focus
Answers To Tough Questions (ATTQ) focuses on four different fields of interest which are: Apologetics, Theology, Philosophy and Culture.
Apologetics is “the rational defense of the Christian worldview as objectively true, rationally compelling, and existentially or subjectively engaging.” By objectively true—means it’s a reality outside of us; by rationally compelling—means that it does not make any contradictory truth claims; and by existentially or subjectively engaging—means it answers the questions to our deepest longings.
Evangelism is not the giving of a rational defense for the Christian faith, but rather it’s the proclamation of that faith. The focus is not argumentation, but the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial rescue from God’s wrath for those who trust in Him alone. The early church, especially in the book of Acts, demonstrates how both gospel proclamation and defense are used to bring about true conversions.
Theology is the study of our knowledge of God through Particular Revelation (I.e., Bible) and General Revelation (I.e., the Creation). It’s ultimately taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God [Thomas Aquinas]. Thus, theology is to be radically God-centered.
Historically the Christian Church has studied theology through four different disciplines. They are called Biblical Theology—whose focus is on the theology that the individual books of the Bible contain. Then there’s Historical Theology whose primary focus is on theology as it has been developed through the centuries in the church. This is followed by Systematic Theology which considers the entirety of what the Bible teaches about any given topic and its implications for us today. Lastly, there’s Philosophical Theology which among other things supplies content for theology, defends the content of theology, establishes the truth of theology, and scrutinizes the concepts and arguments of theology.
Not one of these disciplines are an “island” unto themselves, but rather each discipline informs the other through its particular contributions. And yet, the supreme source for our knowledge of God must be the Scriptures because in no other place has God shown the way of salvation.
Philosophy simply means the love of wisdom but this term has many different meanings. Among other things, the following can be stated of philosophy: it speculates on the meaning of all reality; it attempts to describe the real nature of ultimate reality; it attempts to determine the limits of human knowledge; and it also critiques the presuppositions and truth claims made by the many fields of knowledge. This discipline can be used to accomplish much good personally and in society.
Culture is a bit more difficult to define but it has been said to encompass the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time. Culture is the context in which people live out their daily convictions and the setting where Christians bring the good news of Christ whether or not it’s popular in the culture.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
I’m Argentinian born, raised in Southern California and converted to Christ at the age of 18. As a former Church Planting Pastor and now a current member of Sovereign Grace Fellowship, I understand the practical value of apologetics in both personal evangelism, and in the making of disciples. It’s my conviction that people have real questions and the historic Christian faith, when properly understood and winsomely communicated, offers them real satisfying answers.
I have earned degrees from L.I.F.E. Pacific College (B.A. Biblical Studies 1992) and from Biola University (M.A. Christian Apologetics 2002). I Planted a Spanish Church (Capilla de la Esperanza in Carson, California 1993-1996), taught courses on Apologetics and Comparative Religions at Coastal Academy (2009), along with my wife we Home-Schooled our three children (2002-2011), I’ve translated Spanish Articles for the apologetics ministry Stand To Reason (2010-2011), and I’m currently a part of the Preaching/Teaching Team and the Music Ministry at Sovereign Grace Fellowship (2003-Present).
Sergio R. Tangari