Becoming a Community Apologist: The Apologetic of Not Knowing

by Sarah Abbey

For any lover of British humor Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a classic movie. The unique comedy of the film follows King Arthur and his knights as they search for the Holy Grail. As Arthur and his men draw closer to the end of their quest, they come across an old and dangerous footbridge guarded by an old man. In order to cross the bridge the brave knights have to answer three random and ridiculous questions. If they fail to answer correctly or have no answer at all, they fall into the ravine to their death.

This movie is not typically known to cause one to stop and ponder the deeper issues of life. Yet I believe the footbridge scene is a good example of how many people view apologetics and why they are afraid to share their faith.

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For years I was afraid to share my faith and the hope that I had in Jesus. I was afraid that I would be asked a question I couldn’t answer correctly or wouldn’t know the answer to at all. I thought that if I didn’t have an answer to the tough questions it might mean my faith wasn’t real. Maybe I’d find out that my faith was blind and irrational. Or I thought that if I couldn’t answer a tough question I would forever hinder that person from knowing the truth. If I had no answer I’d fall into the ravine to the death of my faith and the faith of others.

Over time I have learned that there are answers to the tough questions of life. My faith is not blind. My lack of apologetic knowledge will not thwart God’s salvation purposes. Yet with all the ‘answers’ I have learned, one of the most significant lessons I have gained took me by surprise. To honestly answer a question by saying, “I don’t know,” is refreshingly liberating. Imagine my surprise to discover that there is a great apologetic for the Gospel in not knowing…

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READ OTHER POSTS IN THE COMMUNITY APOLOGIST SERIES:

Part One: Stepping Up to the Plate: The Call for Community Apologists

Part Two: How To Get Apologetics In Your Local Church

Part Three: Becoming a Community Apologist: The Significance and Cost of Being an Apologist

Part Four: Getting People Into Apologetics: It Starts With You

Part Five: Personal Obstacles to Becoming a Community Apologist

Part Six: An invitation to women apologists: Join the dance floor!

Part Seven: Defending the Faith in Your Community – Every Day

Part Eight: How To Get Apologetics In Your Local Church 2

Part Nine: Community Apologetics: Starting with your family

Part Ten: Community Apologetics – One Model

Part Eleven: Abbreviated Christianity and Christian Case Making

Part Twelve: Teaching Effective Apologetics for Small Time Periods

 

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