Field Testing Truth
by Gene Breitenbach
“It is a mistake to imagine that people are hardened against the gospel. They are simply bored by the way it is so often presented—too rigid, too rationalistic, too uncomprehending of other world views, too small minded.” This is a reflection from the teacher, pastor, professor, and evangelist Michael Green.
I find that a great deal of evangelism and apologetics miss the mark because it is created within the walls of the Christian sub culture. It's created for the wrong audience.
We rightfully admire the apologetics of the Apostle Paul, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Peter Kreeft, but we sometimes ignore their secret of success. They did all their apologetics before an unbelieving audience. Paul spoke in public places where there were few believers in the audience. G.K. Chesterton wrote in newspapers and debated creatively in public venues. C.S. Lewis spoke on British radio, wrote in papers, taught in secular university, and lectured in public. His nonfiction books are powerful because the ideas within their pages were formed while doing the up close and personal work of an apologist. Peter Kreeft's effective apologetics was developed in the classroom and during evangelistic presentations on campus.
Did they speak in churches? Yes, but only after they had hit the streets and had something to bring back.
Good apologetics begins with good theology. Theology is an in house activity. But apologetics is very different. Apologetics is a creative work that is informed by face to face encounters with those far from Jesus. Good apologetics is not only field tested, but it is developed on the field…
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