Should Christians do Apologetics?
by Joel Furches
In his book, Apologetics Never Saved Anyone, Dr. Fred DeRuvo characterizes the practice of Apologetics as so much noisy debate that does nothing but to inflate the ego of the Apologist and to incite resentment in the person being argued with.
This is a fairly common objection within the Christian community.
For those Christians who oppose the practice of Apologetics, their argument is this: the job of the church is to preach the Gospel, that is, to tell people about their rebellion against God and the forgiveness purchased by Christ Jesus at the cross. It is this message that saves, not arguing facts with people.
There are two reasons why Apologetics remains a useful practice, even in light of this objection.
The first reason is that there are many truly devoted Christians that struggle with their questions and with the intellectual and emotional bullying and abuse that they receive regarding their faith from the political and academic realms. These Christians hunger for a more rigorous structure of reason to justify their beliefs. Apologetics is growing in popularity within the Church, not within the University or the Senate. Believers benefit when they can comfortably found their faith within reason…
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