By Bernard L. Ramm

ISBN-10: 0849928125

ISBN-13: 9780849928123

Paperback version of e-book initially released in hardcover as "The God Who Makes a Difference," 1972

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Or, how could Paul teach a pagan audience in Galatia with learned theological discourse? Modern man may have his problems with the supernatural, and it might take a year of lectures to get any sympathetic response from him. But in Old Testament days, the days of Christ, and the days of the apostles- there was not the time, nor the learning in lecturer nor listener to advance an articulate apologetic of faith. Something had to function in these situa­ tions that would immediately and directly accomplish the necessary goal, namely, clearly demonstrate that the man who is speaking is speaking God’s Word.

The alternatives are as follows: The Evidentialists (my own term ) believe that Christian evidences do establish the divine origin of the Christian faith. The supernatural event validates the theological claim. A revelation is tested by reason. Reason recognizes the presence of God in the supernatural.

There is not enough bite in them to show‫ ׳‬that these are truly God’s actions. The Christian in his theology and reading of Scripture sees these matters as realities and this is not to be contested. However, in apologetics the strongest kind of divine action must be appealed to. There must be some outcropping of the supernatural. This is the real bite in God’s actions. When God acts supernaturally, he truly comes into our cosmos, our wrorld, our experience. Furthermore, wrhen he comes in some super­ natural way, we really know that he has come.

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