A Response to "Christianity’s New F-Word"
By Sarah Abbey
On the RELEVANT site last week, I read an article that examined mainstream apologetics in our culture today. Having studied and written on apologetics, I was instantly drawn to it, curious to see what the author would say. With honesty and sincerity, he cautioned us about the danger of adopting the world’s philosophy and reasoning when we present the Gospel. It would be tragic, he said, if, in the process of defending Christianity, we abandoned the faith we claim to hold.
This raised some serious questions for me, and rightfully so. Does mainstream apologetics replace biblical faith with secular reasoning? What is the goal of apologetics? What is biblical faith?
Biblical faith vs. secular reasoning
In asking if apologetics replaces biblical faith with secular reasoning, I think we need to begin by asking if it could do so. And the answer is yes. If we’re honest, we know we are constantly in danger of replacing a biblical worldview with a secular one. Whether it is in the area of apologetics, social justice, theology or education, we can fall into reasoning that does not honor God. Every day, the world’s secular ideology confronts us. So it should come as no surprise that the New Testament tells us time and again to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), to keep our eyes fixed on Christ (Hebrews 12:1-3) and to trust Him to guard our hearts and minds from godlessness (Philippians 4:7).
Does mainstream apologetics fall into the world’s trap? Does it exclude biblical faith in favor of secular reasoning?
But the question remains: Does mainstream apologetics fall into the world’s trap? Does it exclude biblical faith in favor of secular reasoning? To this question, I believe the answer is no. Yes, apologetics engages secular culture and reasoning. But its goal and the role faith plays is anything but secular…
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