by Wesley L. Huff
I can't tell you how many times I've been told that we don't need apologetics. "Don't argue with them, just give them the gospel!" - as if the field of apologetics and evangelism are counter opposites somehow. Os Guiness in his book, Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion, describes our time as the "grand age of apologetics;" going on to say that the more and more western society moves further from its Christianized roots, the more and more the Church will need to be equip its members apologetically. But it doesn't stop there, there are many reasons why if you call yourself a Christian you should start getting better acquainted with apologetics.
Dazed & Confused
The statistics on how "modern individuals" think are clear, skepticism is at an all-time high and piggybacking along with that perspective is a profound sense of confusion. The culture is confused about what the church believes, and the church is confused about what culture believes. Far too often causing the two groups to either ignore, or talk passed one another. Part-and-parcel to this problem is the fact that far too many Christians do not know exactly what it is that they profess to believe to begin with. So in one sense, you can't blame the culture looking in to then likewise misrepresent and misunderstand the church. If Christians fail to articulate and affirm what it is exactly that they believe, why should the culture respond in any substantial way towards what they are saying?
The latest poles show a growing rise in "the nones," a group who claim some superficial form of being "spiritual" with an allergic reaction to being "religious." Our society is searching for meaning and something substantial to answer their questions, but with the skeptics making waves (mostly superficial ones might I add), and the Christian church failing to articulate exactly what it stands for (that being an inability to properly articulate the gospel); we're inadvertently handing these people over to a culture that only leaves them dazed and confused…
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