I have sympathy with those who have been put off by apologists whose character does not reflect Christ.  They may speak convincingly, but they show little evidence of love, joy, peace, gentleness, self-control and the other dimensions of the Spirit’s fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).  The deficiencies of some (and, in the final analysis, all) apologists should not, however, cause us to object to apologetics in principle any more than the deficiencies of some evangelists should cause us to reject evangelism.  It may, rather, challenge us to rise to the task of engaging in Spirit-filled apologetics.  We do this, as Paul did, as part of our spiritual warfare, recognising that arguments set against the knowledge of God reflect spiritual strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).  Apologetics is not inherently unbiblical and ungodly.  We need more godly believers who will engage thoughtfully in a biblically informed way with other worldviews, who will graciously make the positive case for faith and who will be ready to share the gospel with people who need to know Christ. — Paul Coulter (from, 7 Reasons Why Apologetics Might Be Good)


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