On our podcast earlier this week we discussed the importance of Christian Apologetics. I want to present you with the concept we briefly mentioned called “pushing the antithesis.”
If you master the art of pushing the antithesis you will be able to curb culturally canned arguments about faith that your child may approach you with.
Shepherds Hill Academy has become a proving ground that the logical incongruencies presented in a postmodern worldview are simply not sustainable.
Each year we serve families from all walks of life. While most families claim to be Christian, the enrolled teens have been heavily influenced by a postmodern culture.
What is Postmodernism
Before I run through a practical example with you, some may not be familiar with postmodernism and its effects on your family. If you are not familiar with postmodernism you can check out some of our resources below:
- The Logical Outcome of Postmodernism
- 2 Reasons You Must Familiarize Yourself with Postmodernism
- Parenting According to a Biblical Worldview
An Example of Pushing the Antithesis
You should familiarize with this the concept of pushing the antithesis because you may face similar reasoning from your teen as discussed below.
I’ll inevitably ask the teens of Shepherds Hill Academy… “What is your worldview?”
A typical answer is:
“I want to be able to do whatever I want to do as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else.”
Once a teen provides an answer you should present their response and its logical conclusion.
We do this by posing the following question in response:
“Ok Junior, there are seven billion people on the planet. What is the logical outworking of seven billion people doing what they want to do as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone?”
If they are honest, applying this type of counter question will force the teen to an easy answer, which is typically:
“Chaos, and destruction.”
Once they arrive at this answer, I contrast that with the logical conclusion of my worldview, in most cases without even mentioning Christ.
“Ok junior. Now, lets apply my worldview to its logical conclusion. I believe I should love my neighbor as myself and to do unto others what I want done unto me. What is the outcome of seven billion people thinking this way?”
Again, after seeing the logic behind this question the teens can provide another easy answer.
“Peace and harmony.”
This leaves us with an obvious final question… What world do you want to live in?
As a parent in a postmodern culture it would be wise to understand the principle in pushing the antithesis.
Conversation Starter: What are some additional examples of pushing the antithesis?