The Benefits of Studying Apologetics
Christian Apologetics Training
There are three primary benefits of studying apologetics: studying apologetics helps us to influence culture, bring non-Christians to Christ, and strengthen our own faith. Together these benefits constitute three additional reasons for studying apologetics, in addition to the biblical support for doing so. Let us consider these benefits in turn.
1. Studying and practicing apologetics will help us to positively influence culture so that it is more open to the gospel.
The gospel is never heard in isolation, but always against the backdrop of the culture in which one was born and raised. In his article Christianity and Culture the great Princeton theologian, J. Gresham Machen says this with regard to ideas and culture:
God usually exerts [his regenerative] power in connection with certain prior conditions of the human mind, and it should be ours to create, so far as we can, with the help of God, those favourable conditions for the reception of the gospel. False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel. We may preach with all the fervour of a reformer and yet succeed only in winning a straggler here and there, if we permit the whole collective thought of the nation or of the world to be controlled by ideas which, by the resistless force of logic, prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything more than a harmless delusion. Under such circumstances, what God desires us to do is to destroy the obstacle at its root.
People in cultures where Christianity is still seen as intellectually respectable will be open to the gospel in a way that people in cultures closed off to Christianity will not. To see this, consider an analogy…
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