Helping Students Think About Apologetics
by Alex Banfield Hicks and Chris Knight
“Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.” – Euripides
I’ve no idea what Euripides really meant by that, but I know we all do have questions. University in particular is a time to ask questions and to find answers, and that goes for our personal and religious beliefs as well as our academic subject. Christian apologetics provides reasons for our beliefs – but how can we get that into the hands, eyes or ears of our student friends?
Answering the Questions People Ask
One way is through lunchbars that engage with the real questions that people ask – about suffering, about other religions, about science and Christianity. An engaging and knowledgable speaker is a good start, but after the speaker has gone, what next?
Follow Euripides’ advice and prepare for questions – find out in your CU, youth group or homegroup what are the six most common questions people ask about Christianity. Then help each other prepare for the questions and practice answering them. You might want to hold a series of meetings to consider each question and how we can respond…
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