For any Christian, when someone says to you “why are you a Christian?”, what you’re going to respond with is an apologetic. Everyone has an apologetic, it’s either a good one or a bad one. One of the challenges I think in the Church–especially the Western Church–is that we often answer that question in terms of a narrative. You say “well I never used to be, but then I met a guy at work, he was quite friendly, we became good mates, we played squash together and then one day he invited me to church, I went along and they were doing this thing called Alpha, it was great, the food was lovely, I asked a few questions and hey it was great, I became a Christian!”…That sounds lovely but you could run the same script again but this time your friend is a Buddhist: “he invited me to his temple, the food was lovely, he invited me to a course on Buddhism, became a Buddhist.” They’re exactly the same. If our answer to the question of why we became a Christian is simply how you became one we have a problem. — Andy Bannister (from an Interview with Andy Bannister)