A Fresh Look at Apologetics: A Conversation with Andrew Wilson
by Trevin Wax
I’m always on the lookout for fresh voices in the field of apologetics. Andrew Wilson’s book, If God Then What: Wondering Aloud About Truth, Origins & Redemption (IVP – UK, 2012) is a terrific example of a winsome defense of Christianity’s truth claims.
Andrew blogs at Theology Matters, has theology degrees from Cambridge (MA) and London School of Theology (MTh), and is currently studying for a PhD at Kings College London. He is married to Rachel, and they have two children, Zeke and Anna.
Trevin Wax: Your book is a winsome apologetic for a Christian understanding of the world. But it begins, perhaps disarmingly, with a critique of fundamentalism and a celebration of questions. Why start here?
Andrew Wilson: Two reasons, really. First, that’s where my story started. I’d love to have a story like C. S. Lewis (the most reluctant convert in all England) or Alister McGrath (an atheist scientist at University) or something, but that’s not my story; I was brought up in a Christian family and didn’t really consider the evidence for Christian belief properly until after I went to Cambridge. So for me, the apologetic journey began with asking very deep questions of my own worldview rather than gradually discovering a completely foreign one.
And second, in Britain (and from what I’ve seen, in much of the US), secular people associate Christian believers with being anti-intellectual, unquestioning, and possessing mutually reinforcing and insular beliefs. I haven’t found that to be true – and I certainly don’t think it needs to be true – but in many ways it’s a more formidable obstacle to encountering Jesus than anything you might say about evolution or miracles or suffering. Plus, I wanted to do the book humorously and autobiographically, and it’s easier to be funny if you’re being self-deprecating…
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