Wintery Knight

…integrating Christian faith and knowledge in the public square

Why won’t Christians defend their faith in public?

I would like to describe a situation that arises frequently that concerns me. The situation I describe below brings out a flaw I see in the way that rank-and-file Christians respond to criticisms of Christianity in the public square.

Here is the situation

Eve is busy programming away at her desk, rushing to check in her unit tests so she can spend her lunch hour reading the latest Stephenie Meyer novel, or check on the schedule for her local sports team, “the Vicariouses” (she has tickets for Thursday). Suddenly Eve hears Alice talking to Bob on the other side of her cubicle. She stops typing to listen to the following unencrypted conversation.

Alice: I was watching a documentary on the Discovery Channel last night that said that the universe has always existed, so there is no God!

Bob: I was watching a documentary on PBS last night showing simulations of how the first life started on Earth! God didn’t do it!

Alice: I saw “Inherit the Spin” on the weekend! The only reason people oppose evolution is because of the Bible! Not because of science!

Bob: I’m going to see “The Va Dinci Code” this weekend! It says that the Gospels are unreliable and that Jesus didn’t even die on the cross!

Alice: I just bought the latest Dichard Rawkins book “Christians Should Be Fed to Lions and the Bible Should Be Burned”!

Bob: I will read that as soon as I finish Histopher Chritchens’ book “Why God is the Evilest, Stupidest Person in the World”!

Eve double-majored in business and computer science at the Indian Institute of Technology, and has an MBA from the London School of Economics. She has spent a ton of time, effort and money studying very difficult subjects for her job, and she even publishes research papers. She works full-time and runs her own business part-time, and teaches night classes for a well-known university. She earns about 200K per year. She lives in a huge house, drives an expensive car, and goes on vacation abroad to all the best vacation spots.

Eve thinks she is a Christian. She has attended church since childhood, her husband is a church elder and she sings in the church choir. She reads the Bible and prays every night, because it helps her to get sleepy before bed. She gives lots of money to the poor. She teaches Sunday school to very small children.  She has even read all of the Narnia novels five times! She even has a calendar filled with nature scenes and itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny Bible verses posted on her office wall at work! Judging from all of these facts, you might expect Eve to get in on that conversation with Alice and Bob, and set them straight.

But she won’t. Why not?

Why won’t Eve stand?

I am wondering if anyone can explain to me why it is that most church Christians are not able or not willing to make a public defense when God’s reputation is called into question. It seems to me that there are two bad effects that follow from Eve’s unwillingness to stand up and invite Alice and Bob to lunch so that she can address their questions and concerns.

  1. God’s reputation is being trashed by Alice and Bob on the basis of lies they’ve swallowed from pop culture. These lies about God’s existence and character could be easily corrected with a minimal amount of study, which Eve is capable of – she is a genius and has amazing entrepreneurial skills.  If someone said similar lies about her husband or children, she would speak up, but she won’t speak up for God.
  2. Alice and Bob are bound for Hell unless someone cares enough to correct their mistaken beliefs, which, along with their sinfulness, is what is keeping them from a relationship with God that would go on in Heaven. If Eve’s husband or children were mistakenly about to drink poison thinking it was Aspirin, then Eve would speak up. But to save her co-workers from Hell, she won’t speak up.

Eve is capable of studying to defend the faith, because of her great success in other areas where so much time and effort were required to master difficult material. So why has she not applied herself to answering public challenges to her Christian faith from her professors, teachers, actors, the media, politicians, scientists, historians, etc.? She’s heard these questions about God’s existence and character all through high school and into university and then now in her career. Doesn’t she believe the Bible when it says to prepare a defense? Doesn’t she believe the Bible when it says to acknowledge God before men? Doesn’t she believe the Bible when it says that all authentic believers in Jesus will suffer a little for their faith?

It seems to me that if she did spend some time studying, and then made her defense to her co-workers, then two good things would follow:

  1. Eve would be demonstrating her love for God and her friendship with God by protecting his reputation when it is called into question by unbelievers in public settings. That’s what friends do – if Eve wanted to be God’s friend, she would care that no one believed lies about him and told lies about him in public settings.
  2. Eve would be demonstrating her love for her neighbor if she was able to correct some of these false beliefs, such as that the universe is eternal, or that a historical case cannot be made for the resurrection, or that evil is not compatible with theism. It’s important for Alice and Bob to know that Christianity is not stupid.

So why is it that Eve is able to go to church for 20 years, sing in the choir, read the Bible, read the Narnia stories, pray on her knees, and yet still be unwilling to do the best thing for God and the best thing for her neighbor?

Questions for my readers

Can anyone help me to understand why Christians are willing to accept this? Why is this not being addressed by churches?

Do you have an experience where a Christian group stifled apologetics? Tell me about that, and why do you think they would do that, in view of the situation I outlined above? My experience is that atheists (as much as I tease them) are FAR more interested in apologetics than church Christians – they are the ones who borrow books and debates, and try to get their atheist wives to go to church after they becomes interested in going to church. Why is that?

I’m not saying we all have to be geniuses. I am just saying that we should put as much effort into learning apologetics as we put into learning school stuff and work stuff.

Note: I picked these names because there is a running gag in computer network security where these names are used to describe the actors. Eve is the eavesdropping hacker, get it?

UPDATE: Christopher Copan Scott commiserates on Facebook:

On several occasions while bringing up the importance of apologetics for not only the individual believer, but the church as a whole, I am instantly responded with an improper definition of faith that somehow excludes reason, and thus apologetics should not be used.

Or, some may respond that the use of apologetics shows that we (those who advocate for the use of apologetics) value man’s word over God’s (that’s probably the funniest claim out of the bunch).

Few do express a spark of interest, yet seldom act upon it. These people respond enthusiastically initially, but never attempt to involve themselves in reading, listening to debates, or actually downloading the podcasts I recommend, etc.

Lastly, I do find myself enjoying dialogue, at times, with atheists more than Christians. This is especially true when it comes to philosophical matters, since most Christians I converse with simply don’t care for philosophy.

Now, why is this so?

The reasons are manifold.

For one, (as Moreland talks about) the church is filled with empty selves. Christians desire that which entertains them, and have difficulty being able to reflect deeply on abstract ideas. So they would readily delve into sensational books, then read something that challenges them and takes careful thought.

Also, I think Christians often equate disagreement with hostility. It’s almost as if once one disagrees about a certain proposition, then you are therefore cantankerous and want to break the unity. Thus, in order to preserve this (facade of) unity, Christians wont allow rational disagreement.

For these reasons and many more, I’m genuinely anxious about how the different bible studies at my future college will be. In spite of my attempts to kindly and respectfully disagree on certain points during dialogue with Christians, my motives are often misinterpreted and Im labeled as the argumentative kid who thinks too much.

Okay, Im done.

I’m not the only one who is suffering with these experience, it seems.

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22 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    Love this post! I enjoyed the Alice, Bob, and Eve touch. ;-)

    Christopher Copan Scott has hit the nail on the head.
    -Many Christians don’t understand the definition of biblical faith. They think it means “just believe” or “believe without recourse to evidence”.
    - I’ve also heard “You can’t argue people into the Kingdom”. Sure you can’t. But the Holy Spirit works as you show people that the Bible is believable and they lose reasons to dismiss it.
    - I’ve also heard “God doesn’t need me to defend Him”. Well, sure, He doesn’t. But He *wants* you to defend the truth of the Gospel. He uses regular Christians (with all their weaknesses) to do His work. It’s a privilege!
    - I think a lot of Christians have seen someone handle these situations with a poor attitude (i.e. the person uses ad hominems and is unnecessarily aggressive). So to avoid that sort of thing, they keep away from debate altogether and focus on being nice and hoping people will ask them to explain Christianity without apologetics, instead of learning now to debate winsomely.

  2. Marshall Art says:

    One reason is location of the offending remarks. If they are spoken in a job setting, some Christians balk due to an uncertainty about what is acceptable speech in their place of employment. As you know, you can talk about supporting homosexual marriage or abortion all you want, but preaching the Word is a no-no.

    Another is simple fear. A lack of confidence in either their knowledge or their ability to counter a possible argument that never occurred to them in advance.

    I suffer from neither of these. I welcome the challenge to both test my knowledge and more importantly, test my ability to express my faith in a manner that can be alluring to the listener. (Truth to tell, persuasion isn’t my strong suit.) One of my most common prayers, considering I don’t pray as often as I feel I ought, is that God will use me to draw others to Him.

    One question I pose to those who lean toward atheism I began using several years ago. While serving on a high school re-union committee (and by “serving”, I mean passing the bottle of wine to the person next to me), a couple of guys invited me to join them on their bowling team. One of them was a believer, and the other not. The other’s brother, upon first meeting him when the league started, felt compelled, for some reason, to announce to me that he doesn’t believe and hasn’t seen any more proof of God’s existence than he has for the Easter Bunny. My question to him was, “Where have you looked?” I’ve used this in varying forms. Even with this fellow, I’ve asked “WHEN have you EVER looked?”

    Few atheists are atheists because of serious study of the issue and they are of two groups in my opinion: one group doesn’t want there to be a God, and the other is waiting to be convinced enough to believe and until then is afraid to because of what other’s might think.

    Just my opinion on the matter.

  3. JNorton says:

    I have never been to a church where apologetics was even mentioned, let alone studied. They prefer to focus on various types of self-help programs. For example, the Sunday school class in my former church did about 3 months on ‘The Prayer of Jabez’. Prayer of Jabez is a book based on 2 verses in the OT in which Jabez asks God for more property.

    At church gatherings no one talked about the things of God or current events that relate to Christian morality, but instead focused on things like professional sports and who Brad Pitt was dating. When I complained about the self-help focus, it was suggested that I find another church.

  4. Christopher Copan Scott says:

    Thanks WK for featuring some comments I made.

    I would have said a few more things mentioned in the comments, though it was late and I was bordering on incoherency.

    One last correction to my post is this: So they would readily delve into sensational books, then (replace then, with than)* read something that challenges them and takes careful thought.

    Thanks again.

  5. Jamie B says:

    When I started university this year, I joined the Christian Union. While in many ways it’s very good, I’ve been really disappointed by the lack of apologetics been taught. As the CU has such a focus on evangelism and is in such an intellectual setting, it’s really disappointing that they hardly do any.

    I’d like to increase my apologetics knowledge, though. WK, do you have any recommendations for books I should read? So far I’ve read CS Lewis’ ‘Mere Christianity’ and’Problem of Pain’ and Lee Strobel’s ‘The Case for Christ’ and ‘The Case for Faith and watched a few WLC debates. Where should I go from here?

  6. Jared says:

    Excellent post WK, excellent. I’ll give my reason why Christians won’t step up.

    1. Christians aren’t supposed to be intellectual.

    My family gives me this reason a lot. Christians are to wear a blindfold over their eyes and cover their ears when encountering reasons for the existence of God. Intelligence in things other than the Christian sub-culture is evil and thus, forbidden. We are to take our belief in God on mere wishing and not evidence.

    2. Christians aren’t supposed to “stir the pot.”

    If we as Christians hear a conversation like the one you described in your post, we are to act kindly to those folks, but we shouldn’t “pick a fight” with them. Engaging with others in thoughtful dialogue is forbidden because that would not be acting in kindness of other views held by people. When should we talk with others about Christianity? When they ask us for questions, then and only then, are we to respond with cliche’s given to us by “Christian” speakers affiliated with TBN, Sky Angel, or some other major Christian network. Or perhaps, invite the questioner to the cafe’, er, I mean church. Reasoning from sound theology, philosophy, and science is not what God would want us to do. We are to be “sensitive” to other people’s viewpoints.

    My real reason? Fear. The type of Christian I described above is scared to death to engage in conversations like you described because he knows he has no good reason for his beliefs. He probably doesn’t know the Bible well, much less theology. Philosophy? Most likely not. Science? Nope. This Christian wouldn’t have even made it back in the Ancient world. It’s sad. Christians have slipped into a sub-culture that is just now showing some signs of recovery.

  7. mike singer says:

    I would wonder why the other workers don’t know Eve is a Christian.

    Real Christians disciples are “Christ like” and act as such. With that being said – they “carry” the presence of God wherever they go and make others uncomfortable or others will respect them for their upright behavior. Many times – nothing has to be said – people just “catch the vibe”.

    Imo, taking a stand for righteousness is more more telling than taking a stand for God where Christians are not being persecuted (it can be dismissed as a overly religious person vs. taking a lone stand against what is wrong and when everyone else is doing it). This is much more difficult when others have a stake in it and want to know “if” you will go along ( much like the John the Baptist when he denounced the marriage of Herod – no body minded John because he a religious nut but when he went to meddling over the morales of a politician was he imprisoned and beheaded.

    • Can you find your view anywhere in the Bible?

      Here’s Acts 17, which contains my view:

      In Thessalonica
      1 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.

      5 But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.[a] 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, 7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go.
      In Berea
      10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

      13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14 The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
      In Athens
      16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)

      22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

      24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[b] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c]

      29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

      32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” 33 At that, Paul left the Council. 34 Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.

    • JNorton says:

      If you are saying that we should just act morally and hope that people will notice and inquire about our beliefs, I have to disagree. It is that kind of passive behavior that has created the dire circumstances that we now have in the United States. If Christians in the present generation don’t start being more vocal and aggressive, the next generation Christians will be persecuted. The Stepford Christian (smiling and shaking hands) is not effective and needs to be replaced by the Christian Soldier.

    • Jared says:

      Being nice and acting Christlike is a must for Christians. Obviously. However, I’ll have to disagree with you on that being the best witness. Atheists and folks of other religions can be just as nice, if not more nice, than some Christians. A gentlemen I worked with in the past was one of the nicest guys around. Was he a Christian? No, he wasn’t.

      One doesn’t have to be a Christian in order to live a moral life. Does a Christian need to be moral? Yes, but the Christian needs more tools in his pocket to be salt and light for God.

      • I have to agree. Atheists respect a certain arrogance and swagger when discussing things. The only ones who don’t respect it are people who are more concerned about feelings, everyone getting along, and so on. But they are not concerned with truth or obligations anyway, so Christianity is not for them. i think Christians have to stop caring about non-Christians who don’t care about truth but only care about feelings, community and having a good life. Christianity is hard. The only way to be one is to not care about feelings, community and having a good life. And the only way to do that consistently is to make sure everyday, through study and preparation and debate, that would you believe stands up to scrutiny. William Wilberforce was not a fideist.

        • Jared says:

          When I think about the Old Testament prophets, the Apostles, and the early Christians throughout history, I cannot imagine them living Christianity in a mushy, liberal, feeling-based way. John in chapter 1 of his first epistle clearly adheres to evidence. He doesn’t give an argument based on feelings or a spiritual experience.

          The Apostles based their lives on the evidence of the resurrection.

  8. mike singer says:

    Well noted…

    “As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures”

    -Not the workplace – the synagogue

    The other instance where Paul went public was a big waste of time IMO. There is no other record of Paul ever speaking “in public” again. From there on strictly synagoge.

    Acts 13:14-15
    Acts 13:43
    Acts 14:1
    Acts 17:1
    Acts 17:10
    Acts 17:17
    Acts 18:4
    Acts 18:7-8
    Acts 18:17
    Acts 18:19
    Acts 18:26
    Acts 19:8
    Acts 22:19

    In addition – The scripture supports 1 Corinthians 2:2 of which

    “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

    Hope that helps,

    Mike

    • Not really, since your view is that Christians go around being nice and not talking, and my view is that Christians go around do talking. You’ve documented a pattern of Paul talking to people, and Paul can do that because Paul knows what he is talking about. And the talking also goes on in the marketplace, where it must be presumed that business is going on and there are people working.

      And what we see from Paul in Acts, and through his letters, is that he is never going around hoping that people will catch some vibe from him. He never tries to convince people of anything by being nice. And Jesus also uses evidence (miracles) in order to cause people to believe in his statements about who he is. Why did Jesus have to resort to dying and rising from the dead, instead of just giving off a vibe? Would Christianity be where it is today with just a vibe? Can a vibe be used to establish the truth of a proposition?

      Do you have any passages where Paul relies on a “vibe”?

      And I have some other questions for you.

      1) Do you know whether God exists?
      2) Do you know whether Jesus rose from the dead?
      3) How do you know 1 and 2?
      4) How would you demonstrate the truth of 1 and 2 to others?
      5) Do you think these things are important to study as matters of fact?

      Do you think that your co-workers will ever ask you to explain to them whether God exists, or whether Jesus rose from the dead, the same way as they might ask you about nutrition, investing, home repair, car repair, and so on – which are things they think you KNOW about? Would you entrust your home to someone you had a good vibe about? Would you hire someone you had a good vibe about? When do people rely on vibes when making major decisions of consequence? Don’t they ask for evidence and reasons why they should trust for major decisions? Isn’t that why people trust scientists – because they have repeatable experiments that really describe the way the world is?

      When God has Moses demonstrate his existence to Pharaoh, does he really on Moses’ vibe, or does he really on Moses performing plagues – “that they may know for certain that there is a God in Israel”?.

      And how about Peter in his resurrection sermon. Does he really on a vibe? Or does he appeal to eyewitness testimony, that everyone would “know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah”? I see a lot of knowing for certain, on the basis of evidence, in the Bible – old and new testaments.

  9. Neil says:

    I think it is mainly fear and laziness. I tell people that they may or may not have the gift of evangelism, but if they are Christians they have the jobs of apologist (1 Peter 3:15) and ambassador (2 Cor. 5:20). The only questions are whether they are preparing well and doing good or bad jobs.

    In my church the pastors treat apologetics in a patronizing way, noting that some do it well but never going out of their way to utilize it or encourage others to do the same. I renew my membership on a weekly basis.

    That was a great post on your part. Loved the message and the humor.

  10. mike singer says:

    Christians should be nice… that is a assumption. How should a Christian should be ? ASK A NON CHRISTIAN !!!!!!! The general answer is truthful, honest, kind, integrity, faithful, good for their word, patient, generous ( ie fruit of the Spirit) but there are times when a stand needs to be taken and God will give the right words to be spoken ( ie both Christ and Paul allowed themselves to be defrauded ( Christ was lead as a lamb and Paul before Cesar was gracious. In addition, 1 Corinthians 6:7 ” allow yourself to be defrauded”).

    Here is what I fond that “works for me”.

    I believe disciples should be smart ( innocent as doves and shrewd as serpents) and not cast their pearl before swine.

    However, lets review the scripture you stated ( always a good idea imo) and stick with the discussion vs. attacking the person :)

    vs. 2
    2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

    vs. 10
    On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.

    vs. 17
    17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day

    vs. 19 (notice “they took him”)

    19 “Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus” , where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting

    vs. 32
    “We want to hear you again on this subject.”

    I dont mind taking a stand for Christ or “doing the right thing” if needed. Believe me I have “lost many a job’ by taking a unpopular stand and doing the right / moral thing. In regards to talking about Christ – I will ask “politely” if I can answer any questions. Anyone who knows me knows that I have no problem sharing ( I always ask for direction and guidance before I open my big mouth and overwhelm people with TMI).

    Btw, I have been accused of being a heretic by fellow Christians as well a a “reaL Christian” by non believers and believers once they get to know me and have seen what I went through with my divorce and how God has protected me and brought me along. ( ie bearing witness). Many times I find out making friends first and building creditability GOES

    A LONG WAY IN THE “believability department” more than anything- so when you do say something – it is received because of a persons character vs. words.

    Hope that helps.

    • Fine. If you would just go to the book store and buy one measly copy of each of these books:

      1. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl
      2. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Frank Turek and Norman Geisler

      And then read them. Those are in order of difficulty.

      And if you really don’t want to do that, then you can at least watch this debate:

      Craig vs Hitchens:

    • JNorton says:

      I think it would bother me if Christians called me a heretic and non-believers called me a ‘real christian’. A non-believer’s opinion on Christian behavior isn’t worth 2 cents.

  11. arajrao says:

    My 2 cents worth:

    1. I think it is a discipling problem.

    Just as we disciple people with regards to say… evangelism or the spiritual disciplines or all of life, etc., so too must there be apologetical discipling. One on one or in groups, etc or through media like this site.

    2. There is a book, The Master Plan of Evangelism, by Robert Coleman. Although the title speaks of Evangelism, it really is a book on discipleship.

    One of the chapters is titled Demonstration. Here he talks about how demonstrating was a strong component of Jesus’ teaching. That is…

    Jesus did not simply say “It is right to do X”, but Jesus also did X with them, thus demonstrating it. In addition, He even put them in a position where they would have to go out and do X without Him being around (e.g. sending out the 72 on a mission).

    My point:

    ~~~~~> Pick up most any book on Apologetics – how often do you see illustrations, stories, examples, etc., of how Apologetics actually done in the life of the author? How has the author actually deployed it???

    Do we see Norman Geisler or John Frame saying, “Y’know there was this one time I was waiting at a bus-stop and this bum came up to me and said…” The guy does have lots of stories… no doubt… but we never get them in his books!

    How often do we see Apologetics books providing demonstrations? Ravi Zacharias, Craig and Koukl are the rare few who we can see demonstrating Apologetics in action, print and electron with any regularity.

    However 99% of Apologetics books simply offload a whole bunch of information, but they do not show you how to communicate it, i.e. they do not demonstrate Apologetics. This is starting to change, I think but slowly.

    Ok. You get the point. Siyanara.

    Aside: IIT ppl can often put up a good fight.

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  13. Elizabeth Sims says:

    In our culture today I find that you cannot do evangelism without doing apologetics! Sceptics want REASONS!!! We should be able to give reasons!

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