Should Apologetics Be Rejected as a Modernist Endeavour?
by Stephen Bedard
One of the podcasts that I listen to is called Theology on Mission (You can find all the podcasts I listen to here). One of the recent episodes, called “World Evangelicalism – A Future For the West?” had some interesting comments about apologetics. In the episode, apologetics was identified with modernism. Because of this, it was suggested that its time had passed in the west, and it definitely should not be shared with the rest of the world.
Listening to these claims, I had a number of thoughts. One is that Christian apologetics is not an invention of the Enlightenment. Much of the earliest post-New Testament writings were apologetic in nature, often being explicitly titled “Apology.” Even in the New Testament, there is quite a bit of apologetic argument. In 1 Corinthians 15, when Paul lists the witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus, he is doing Christian apologetics. Apologetics was around many centuries before the Enlightenment.
I would also say that the death of modernism has been exaggerated…
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