Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Terminology Tuesday: Argument from Prophecy

Argument from Prophecy: A type of apologetic argument that attempts to defend the divinely inspired character of prophets (and ultimately of the Scriptures that record the prophecies) by showing that the prophets foretold events whose occurrence could not have been humanly foreseen. Thus an argument from prophecy is essentially an argument that appeals to miracles. Sometimes the argument is used in a reverse direction. The fact that the life of Jesus fulfilled certain Old Testament prophecies, for example, is cited to support the claim that Jesus really is the Messiah. Arguments from prophecy have become less popular in an age characterized by critical biblical scholarship, which in many cases claims that apparently fulfilled prophecies were written after the events prophesied occurred.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 13.


Elijah2012 said...

Critical biblical scholarship cannot touch prophecies in this century. the church is prophetic. There is no biblically sanctioned apologetics besides appeals to creation is prophecy. Of the two prophecy is more reliable and should be the Sine qua non of the church

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