Stocking Your Quiver with Resources
Working in ministry has opened my eyes up to a lot of things that I never considered prior to getting into teaching apologetics and theology. Prior to, I looked at someone like N.T. Wright or William Lane Craig and just assumed because of their PhDs that they knew everything on every topic—and after following them more closely I knew I was wrong. This is something that I think they would agree with and really something any apologist, pastor, scientist, etc. should affirm: the notion that we all have limits and we all have specialties.
One couldn’t possibly study the vast amount of literature around the historicity of apologetic and philosophical thought while at the same time be an expert on something like Hebrew and Greek. Specialization is better than generalization but that’s not to say both cannot be had. What do I mean by that? Well, let’s take an individual I’m familiar with, William Lane Craig. Dr. Craig is not a Hebrew scholar. However, if you were to ask him who is a good, credible Hebrew scholar he would have an answer. He would be able to tell you whose work is credible and scholarly, although he may not know the answer to the initial question. As Christians we need to be familiar with leaders in other fields as well as their work, but we cannot be content with just knowing a little bit about everything—I encourage people to pick a few areas and try to specialize.
Personally, I have interests in many areas of study, although I hold myself to a few: Natural Theology (the Moral Argument), Resurrection Studies, and Old Testament Ethics and Struggles. These are the three areas I spend most of my time studying. I could write on the Ontological Argument or the Kalam but I am not at a level where I can relay those arguments as well as Drs. Craig and Plantinga. That is when I would refer someone to their work on the subject, because they’re much more informed and studied about those respective topics than I am. One aspect of this topic I wrote about in an earlier post was the fact that people who attempt to do too much will get burnt out and frustrated with apologetics or theology and may just give up altogether…
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