Beer Mat Apologetics: Five Principles of Sharing our Faith
by Jonathan Sherwin
We’ve all been there. The conversation is flowing, everyone is engaging, and things are moving along, well, nicely.
But then a question threatens to derail the conversation or stop things dead in their tracks. When sharing our faith with our friends, our colleagues, or our family, it’s helpful to have a few things in mind to keep the conversation on the rails and avoid the traps. Here are some top tips for defeating the defeaters to help you to share your faith more effectively.
1. Answer The Question
It may seem obvious, but when a question is asked, we should do our best to address it directly.
Yes, there may be a question behind the question etc. but taking the time to answer the question being asked shows consideration for the questioner and a willingness to engage with the topic on the table.
This may mean doing some research, reading a few books, and involve us saying, “I don’t know, but let me do some research and get back to you.”
Many people see a huge credibility gap within Christianity. Let’s make sure we’re doing our part to present the case for our hope (1 Peter 3:15) in a straightforward and clear manner, treating the question – and by association the questioner – with the respect they deserve.
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2. Recycle The Argument
The philosopher A. C. Grayling would have us believe the many people believe in God for psychological reasons, that belief in God is akin to believing in fairies.
We’ve looked at this argument before on this blog and have seen that this can be argued both ways. That is, people may believe in God for psychological reasons or likewise they may not believe in God for psychological reasons.
This argument may appear at first glance to pose a problem, but when we examine it, we realise that the very same argument may be employed to defeat the objection…
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