Did Jesus Ever Do Apologetics?
by Stephen Bedard
Awhile back, I got into a conversation with someone on Twitter about apologetics. This person, who had a seminary education and was involved in ministry, was pushing back on a tweet I wrote about the importance of apologetics. One of the things that she said was that we should emulate Jesus, and what he did was tell stories. Telling stories was what we should be doing, not apologetics.
There are a couple of things that I could say about this. The first is that our New Testament is bigger than just the Gospels. I might ask how much of Paul’s letters is just telling stories? Another thing I would do is point her to the Gospel of John. John is not all that interested in Jesus’ parables and he records more teaching than stories.
But what I want to do here is to ask if Jesus ever did apologetics. First I must define apologetics. Some people, such as Karl Barth, define apologetics very narrowly as arguing from natural theology. I see apologetics as being much broader than that. I understand apologetics as simply giving a reason for why you believe what you believe. That reason can come in many forms…
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