Christians don’t need apologetics? Think again.

by J.W. Wartick

“We don’t need apologetics. We just need the Holy Spirit.”

“We don’t need to ‘apologize’ for anything!”

“I just believe, and that’s all.”

“There doesn’t have to be a reason to believe in Jesus, you just have to feel it.”

Perhaps you’ve heard some variation of these mantras from leaders or members in your church. I have something to say:

They are wrong.

Consider Jesse Kilgore, a young man who read Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, lost his faith, and killed himself.

Yeah, this is an extreme example. But think about it for a second: if you’re a member of a church community, have you heard of youths losing their faith? Have you heard or experienced the day a child comes home and says “I’m an atheist?”

“Okay,” you say, “but what does any of this have to do with apologetics?”

Well, perhaps its best to define the term first. Apologetics can most basically be defined as the defense of the faith. Apologists are people who study philosophy, theology, and other fields in order to become equipped to argue for the central teachings of Christianity. Such argumentation can involve both scientific and philosophical evidence…

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