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By Logan Judy
If faith is “the conviction of things not seen,” and apologetics is an attempt to show that the unseen is, to some degree, observable, then is apologetics opposed to faith?
I’ve been blessed in that both of the local churches I’ve been involved with as an adult Christian have provided some exposure to apologetics. It may not have always had as forefront a focus as I’d have preferred, but it was always addressed. After one of these lessons, however, one of the other members made this observation (paraphrased):
“Science can be helpful in confirming what God has already said. But scripture says that faith can only come from hearing the word of God. So preaching is where we get our faith from, not science.”
That proposition raises the analogy as stated at the beginning of this article. Are faith and apologetics mutually exclusive? And if not, are they still separate virtues of the Christian faith, indicating that apologetics should not (or even cannot) be the foundation of our lives as Christians?
To answer this, we must first know what exactly faith is.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” – Hebrews 11:1-3
The context of Hebrews 11 is what we sometimes call “The Faith Hall of Fame.” After these, verses, the Hebrew writer launches into several stories of people who did great things by faith. And what exactly is meant by faith? Consider for example…
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