Notice: Merely religious, Do Not Open

by Jason Wisdom

“Let’s be honest here. We all know where you are coming from. You are a Christian, and that is why you think that…”

“You only have that view because you’re religious.”

“There is no literally no (expletive deleted) reason to think that unless you just believe your Sky Daddy said so.”

These are actual quotes from recent conversations I have had (online) with people. I run into this wall regularly when we there is strong disagreement on a topic. The assumption is that if a person is religious, all of his/her views are merely the byproduct of that religious commitment. At least the  views pertaining to morality, origins, and the like. From there, it is further assumed that the person’s views can simply be dismissed. Why? Because they are religious views, and the assumption is that religious views are inherently irrational. Now, I am not saying this is always wrong, but I want to point out that it takes a lot of assumptions to get there.

I think this chain of assumptions reveals, minimally, that most people have literally no idea what an evidential approach to Christian apologetics is, or than any such thing could even exist. I can understand that. There are just as many people (Christians included) who don’t know what apologetics means, let alone what an evidential approach to it would be. In brief, apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which means “to give an answer or defense.” Arguably, the key biblical passage regarding Christian apologetics  is 1 Peter 3:15 which says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you.” In this verse, apologia is translated as answer. In short, apologetics is about giving a reason for why you believe. What is the reason? So, what is an evidential approach to apologetics? Well, that has to do with how with the way one answers the question “why do you believe as you do?” or “What is your reason?”

Generally speaking, there are two primary approaches to apologetics…

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Notice: Merely religious, Do Not Open – because it’s true