Objections to Apologetics: It’s Intellectual

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Many people just don’t see the place of the intellect in Christianity. Naturally, someone may object to the apologetic enterprise by saying some variation of “it’s intellectual.” This can be a huge obstacle blocking the way to apologetics.

The quick and easy answer to this is, “so are you.” Bam. It’s over. What needs to be pointed out is that they themselves are thinking and talking to you (using their intellect) and have given you a reason why they disagree with you (poor as it may be). By their very own objection, they have knocked their own legs out from under them. What they just did was an intellectual endeavor. This objection commits suicide. It refutes itself. They shot themselves in the foot.

Now we can move beyond that, to the legitimacy of the intellect in the Christian life.

The intellect is an essential part of us, as God made us. The intellect is involved in knowing God, by his revelation, both in Scripture and the world he has made.

Thinking is not just entertainment on the stage of life where nothing is real. It is really useful in knowing the God who is really there. It is useful in knowing what God has revealed about himself and about this world and how we should live in it.

-Piper, John (2010-09-15). Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God (Kindle Locations 1194-1196). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.

The exercise of the intellect by itself is glorifying to God, for any who are in Christ. Indeed, we are commanded to love God with our minds:

What does it mean to love God “with all your mind”? I take it to mean that we direct our thinking in a certain way; namely, our thinking should be wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things.

-Piper, John (2010-09-15). Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God (Kindle Locations 1053-1054). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.

This hardly needs anymore work than this. But, we might as well look at some basic points. God created us with minds, and even before the fall spoke verbally and had man using his mind. Afterwards, God continued to give man verbal revelation that was to be understood.

The Apostle Paul links thinking and God granting understanding. They do not oppose one another…

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