Bob Jones University
Renton has been a classroom teacher for over two decades. His teaching experience has included both secular and Christian institutions ranging from high school to college. He and his wife homeschooled their son, Daniel who is now in college. Renton has spoken for homeschool conferences such as the Foundations Summit, the Canadian Homeschool Symposium, Teach Them Diligently, The Great Homeschool Convention, and others. He holds a variety of degrees from English, speech, philosophy, and theology to a Ph.D. in apologetics. Renton currently serves as the Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview at Bob Jones University.
Introduction to Apologetics
Although many people enjoy reading books and watching videos about apologetics, not everyone understands what exactly it is. There is also much confusion on how many different styles of apologetics there are, and most people have not considered the problems that persist in each of those styles. Renton Rathbun’s presentation clearly defines apologetics, considers its primary audience, details the distinct styles of apologetics, and indicates the persisting problems for each.
This session, presented by Renton Rathbun, is an introduction to a hybrid method of apologetics called BIG apologetics. B.I.G. is an acronym that walks people through a useful method that attempts to diminish the problems that have arisen from other methods of apologetics. The main goal of BIG apologetics is to maintain Scripture’s authority and power in the apologetic process.
The Problem of the Unbeliever in Apologetics
Romans 1 is clear: unbelievers are suppressing the truth by their unrighteousness. But if this is the case, how can apologetics reach people who are truth-suppressors? Ephesians 2 tells us unbelievers are dead in their trespasses and sins. How do dead people listen and change their minds about God? In this session, Renton Rathbun takes a close look at what the Bible says about unbelievers and lays out how apologetics can seem to do the impossible.
Worldview and Apologetics
Often, people confuse worldview with apologetics. This session clearly defines worldview and also “biblical worldview.” Then, Renton Rathbun makes clear how your worldview will determine what style of apologetics you will be attracted to. He lays out biblical, non-negotiable principles that should underlie the apologetical method you believe in.
Apologetics Applied: How do We Respond to LGBTQ+ Ideology
Young people today are inundated with LGBTQ+ indoctrination via social media, entertainment, and personal friendships. Even within the church, there are movements that have accepted varying degrees of LGBTQ+ affirmation. Renton Rathbun will walk his audience step-by-step through the B.I.G. apologetics method to show what a biblical defense against LGBTQ+ ideology looks like.
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