Questions About Apologetics

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Go Home, Christian apologists, you’re drunk!

Let’s be honest, I have an apathy for so called Christian apologists and Bull-Horn evangelists who want to monologue at everyone they meet. I’ve met and argued with them in person, in downtown Fort Worth, and it’s just really embarassing for fellow Christians, especially when most groups are out spreading heresy. I enjoy C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, and prefer not to see him as an apologist (I’ve read somewhere he later in life swore off apologetics) because it’s just questionable at best, when you have a religion built on a Trinitarian faith where the Holy Spirit leads and guides people to fellowship with God that any of our human, what we deem “rational” arguments could ever be made more powerful than that. Recent (unnecessary) goofs from apologists like Ray Comfort continues to affirm my feeling that those who offer apologetics are posturing, and in denial about dealing with real people. According to Thessalonians, the best apologetics for the Church is a good reputation built on integrity, faithfulness to Christ, and working with the downtrodden. That should be our “apologetic,”: the lives we live, and people seeing Christ in our actions.

A surprising and delightful post from the Institute for Religion and Democracy by Nathaniel Torrey articulated my questions about rational arguments, natural law, and the business of apologetics quite nicely:

“this is precisely the business of Christianity, to change someone’s life completely. Intellectual assent and actively choosing to be renewed in Christ are not synonymous”

Some Thoughts On The Great Natural Law Debate

0 thoughts on “Questions About Apologetics

  1. AO Green

    What about 1 Peter 3:15?

    ” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”. ~NIV

  2. Joel

    I think Lewis giving up off apologetics is a myth spread by AN Wilson, where he supposedly got beaten so badly by Elizabeth Anscombe that he switched from apologetics to Narnia. He didn’t really write apologetic books later in his career, but he kept doing essays and he revised Miracles after this event, so it’s not true.

    Regardless, though, his apologetics are quite different from a lot of modern ones – less rationalist and triumphalist.

    1. RodtRDH Post author

      Interesting. I would say true to Lewis’ field as a literature prof, his brand of apologetics was more narrative, story driven in nature.

  3. Joel

    Anyway, I would take a somewhat more optimistic view of apologetics. Yes, we cannot get to faith just by reason or definitively prove the Gospel beyond doubt, which are problems with a lot of contemporary ones (that and just plain sloppy arguments). But they can clear barriers and help point people in the right direction.

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