Positive Deconstruction

Positive Deconstruction

Positive Deconstruction, in relation to Christian apologetics, is a term first used by Nick Pollard in "Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult",Nick Pollard, "Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult" (Leicester: IVP, 1997) pp. 48–56.] (drawing on Dr. David CookE. David Cook, "Blind Alley Beliefs" 2nd ed. (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1996).] ) to describe a methodology for engaging with worldviews in Christian apologetics. The process is one of "deconstruction" because it involves 'dismantling' the worldview in order to identify areas of conflict with a Christian worldview. It is "positive" because the intention is not to destroy a person's ideas and belief system, but to build on areas of agreement between the two worldviews in order to argue for the truth of the Christian worldview.

Pollard identifies four key aspects:

* Identify the worldview: What beliefs, values and attitudes are being communicated?
* Analyse the worldview, primarily in terms of the correspondence, coherence and pragmatic theories of truth
* Affirm the truth: what aspects of the worldview are in agreement with a Christian worldview?
* Deny the error: what aspects of the worldview are in conflict with a Christian worldview?


Further Reading

Dahle, Lars. ' [http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/KLICE/PDFs/WB/Vol%207.1%20Dahle.pdf Acts 17 as an apologetic model] ', "Whitefield Briefing", Vol. 7, No. 1 (March 2002). Also published on [http://www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=220 Culturewatch.org.]

Dahle, Lars. ' [http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/KLICE/PDFs/WB/Vol%207.6%20Dahle.pdf Encountering and Engaging a Postmodern Context: Applying the apologetic model in Acts 17] ', "Whitefield Briefing", Vol. 7, No. 6 (December 2002). Also published on [http://www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=26 Culturewatch.org.]

Pollard, Nick; Harris, Paul; Watkins, Tony and Wall, Phil. "Beyond the Fringe: Reaching People Outside the Church" (Leicester: IVP, 1999)

Watkins, Tony. "Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema" (Milton Keynes: Damaris Books, 2007)

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