Alright, I’m once again in the driver’s seat here at The Apologers. Actually, I think I may have this and the following post—a bit much, I know, but the good news is you have an entire weekend before I’m back.
Last time, Emily quite beautifully expounded on exactly what apologetics is and introduced us to its importance. If you missed her article, take a few minutes and read it here. I’m back to springboard off a few of Emily’s comments and talk about whom apologetics is for and whom it is good for.
Firstly, let’s debunk some not-so-healthy ideas. A common thought is that apologetics is mainly intended for high intellectuals—those with more letters following their names than are actually found in their names, the proverbial “Doubting Thomas’”—those who simply don’t have enough faith to believe without demanding evidence, and the argumentative types—those who must have the final word even if it means arguing a point they themselves don’t believe. As Emily said, “Apologetics is very vast,” and while these three types of people indeed have seats at the table, so do those who needed a dictionary beside them as they read Emily’s last article, those skeptical of the role of reason in personal faith, and those who get nauseated at the mere thought of confrontation.
Remember, apologetics is where theology meets the road of daily life—it’s about uniting belief and behavior with truth. So if you want to better understand the depth of your faith or if you are questioning your own faith or faith in general, apologetics is for you.
However, that being said, I must warn you that there are both wise and unwise ways to approach apologetics. While its rationality speaks to the mind, apologetic’s main work is within the heart of a person. If you approach apologetics with ideas that you can learn enough facts about God and thus force Him to applaud you or be in a closer relationship with you or if you approach apologetics out of a desire to beat others into intellectual submission, then your road may prove more personally challenging than you think. Rather as you dive further into apologetics with us, examine your own heart first, foremost, and continuously. Seek truth more than your own opinions. Then apply that truth to yourself before you do others. The result may change more than simply the way you think.
This is a fun journey! Let’s travel together.
Until next time…