Changing the Culture One Apologist Mom at a Time
by Samuel Ogles
It’s easy to think that the Christians who capture attention in our culture are the ones with flawless theological pedigrees, a famous name, and a healthy dose of absolute certainty. Much less prominent, however, is a story like Bethany Speier’s, a story where the protagonist admits no special education, sees herself as “normal” like everyone else, denies that the story is even about her to begin with. In other words, a story of humble faith in community.
Speier (pronounced spy-er) is an artist, mother, and founder of a Facebook group and website called TheApologistMom.com. She read an article by the same name in Her.meneutics that inspired her and others to begin studying their faith in greater detail. She may be humble, but she is absolutely passionate and outspoken about the special, even unique, engagement women and mothers should have with Christian apologetics. I interviewed her to find out more about her project and why Her.meneutics’ story sparked this movement.
You read Her.meneutics’ story profiling Melissa Cain Travis, a homeschooling mother of two who is working on a PhD in apologetics. What was it about Cain Travis’ story that inspired you to start your own group?
When I read the CT article, “The Apologist Mom,” I said, “This is exactly how I feel.” I emailed Melissa Cain Travis and asked for permission to ask her all of my questions. Immediately after reading the CT article, I posted on Facebook saying “Who wants to be in a book club together?” I wanted to carve out time like the article on Melissa said. Someone replied to the post saying, “Hey, can you do it online because I can’t make it but would love to join?” I put together a Facebook Page for the group of us, and within a couple of days we had 50 women from across the country and even internationally. I heard women say over and over again, “I’ve been looking for something like this. I don’t have someone to talk to or share with about this.” In the Facebook group, there are several women who will ask big questions. We’re doing it together; we’re processing together. I think for me, one of the biggest things was that I didn’t want it to be about me. I really wanted to emphasize that we’re learning together and on this journey together.
A couple of things that inspired me were Augustine’s mom, Susannah Wesley, and so on. I never thought about that maternal connection before. These amazing men that we revere and respect were reared by women who laid a foundation for their faith. It’s exciting and humbling in knowing the responsibility we have to educate and prepare children…
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