The Wagon Wheel Apologetics Method
by Donnie Griffin
If you spend any time at all proposing apologetics to potential churches or trying to convince Christian leaders to initiate apologetics into their church, you have already been asked the question.
“What kind of apologetics?”
When someone asks that question, put on your thinking cap. It’s about to get deep.
That’s alright though. Although I have a particular view about what is the best way to do apologetics, I am not so predisposed to that particular method that I would dismiss the others out of hand.
Most of the time someone asks that question, they are Presuppositionalists. That particular brand of doing apologetics stems from more Reformed circles. I am Reformed, so I run into it quite often. Presuppositionalists have a particular view of how to do apologetics that usually leaves them in opposition to any other method. Some are more pugnacious than others though, but I don’t sweat it. The few that are confrontational in a mean sense are just that, only a few.
Few of the other views of how to do apologetics leave people in any confrontational posture when it comes to method.
A good resource on the different methods or views of apologetics is the book Five Views on Apologetics by Steve Cowan.
That being said, my motto is whatever brand of apologetics you or your church favors, do it. Don’t let the debate over what apologetics method is proper keep you from obeying the command to be ready to give a defense.
I have a view though. It might be called Classical Apologetics. It’s a methodical approach to apologetics that I’ve learned from people like RC Sproul and William Lane Craig. Sproul’s method in particular is the closest to my own.
Apologetics methods can be a little monotonous to describe and even more so to debate or study. A person usually has a particular bent, their epistemology, and they will gravitate on their own towards one method or another.
Instead of giving a long explanation of my own particular view, I would rather produce a visual so that if you are inclined as I am, you may easily adopt this approach.
I call it the wagon wheel apologetics method…
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