Kreeft: The Divinity of Christ

The folks over at The Integrated Catholic Life posted an excellent excerpt from Dr. Peter Kreeft book “Fundamentals of the Faith” with respect to The Divinity of Christ; this is what Cowboy Papist loves about the logic and reasoning in apologetics.  It is simple and it follows logic, the idea that a man was God, “Christ was either God or a bad man:”

“No one who knows both the Gospels and human beings can seriously entertain the possibility that Jesus was a liar or a lunatic, a bad man.  No, the unbeliever almost always believes that Jesus was a good man, a prophet, a sage.  Well then, if he was a sage, you can trust him and believe the essential things he says.  And the essential thing he says is that he is the divine Savior of the world and that you must come to him for salvation.  If he is a sage, you must accept his essential teaching as true. If his teaching is false, then he is not a sage.”

Dr. Kreeft also alludes to the argument, “Lord, liar, or lunatic?” from Josh McDowell, using it relating to the responses to this reasoning:

“What, then, do people say when confronted with this argument? Often, they simply confess their prejudices: “Oh, I just can’t believe that!” . . . But if they know some modern theology, they have one of two escapes.  Theology has an escape; common sense does not.  Common sense is easily convertible.  It is the theologians, now as then, who are the hardest to convert.

Theologians of various stripes will respond one of two ways, they will:

” . . . attack of the Scripture “scholars” on the historical reliability of the Gospels.

“The second escape . . . is to Orientalize Jesus, . . . as one of many mystics or “adepts” who realized his own inner divinity just as a typical Hindu mystic does.  It is utterly unhistorical to see Jesus as a mystic, a Jewish guru. He taught prayer, not meditation. His God is a person, not a pudding. He said he was God but not that everyone was. He taught sin and forgiveness, as no guru does. He said nothing about the “illusion” of individuality, as the mystics do.”

When the opportunity presents itself, it’s important to review the simplicity of Christianity and His Church with straightforward logic and reasoning.  For as this excerpt opens, “The doctrine of Christ’s divinity is the central Christian doctrine, for it is like a skeleton key that opens all the others.”

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