A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting Started in Apologetics
by Brian Auten
It’s a common question that people ask me: “What’s your advice for someone just starting out in apologetics?” It might seem like the answer would be complex or deep in some way. However, the answer I give is simple. Here it is, step by step.
THE PERSONAL STUDY PLAN
Here’s what you need to do to get started on your own personal study plan to get started in apologetics.
First, get three books. These are The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator, all by Lee Strobel. (Interview with Lee here.) Why? Because these are not difficult to read and each book covers a good range of topics that every apologist should be familiar with. Being a good apologist, at minimum, entails thinking through and being familiar with the pertinent issues. These books accomplish this basic goal.
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Second, get the DVDs that go along with the books. Yes, there are DVD versions of all the Lee Strobel “Case for...” books. Why the DVDs? Because they help you to learn in another way besides reading. You may even watch these DVDs in tandem with your reading to enhance your comprehension and retention of the material. The goal is to internalize the main issues, get an idea of the apologetic questions and the common Christian approaches to each. To go even deeper, you could get study guides.
Third, begin to engage with the issues that you are most drawn to. Talk about the subjects with church members, family, friends... anyone who is open to engaging with the ideas. The goal doesn’t have to be an on-the-offense engagement; rather, you are seeking out ways to interact with the information, discuss it with others, teach, and verbalize the content. The goal here is to begin to own the content so it is not simply information or a set of answers. You want to let it become yours by digesting it and letting it become part of you until you own the answers for yourself…
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