Do You Convey a Sense of the Reality, Centrality, and Desirability of Jesus with Your Apologetics?
by Amy K. Hall
I’ve been ruminating on this very idea for the last month, making notes, waiting for it to become fully formed in a future post. And now, here it is in an article by Mark Galli:
Truth is so personal that it dwells within us in the Holy Spirit. Thus the truth of God is first and foremost about knowing God personally in Christ. It is more than knowing something about God; it is “having God in oneself,” as Gregory of Nyssa put it.
A friend of mine tells the story of his attempt to argue his college classmates into the Christian faith. In a class on world religions, he gave what he believed was an unassailable apologetic for Christianity during an assigned presentation. As the class reacted, it became clear that the non-Christians were either bored or hostile, despite what my friend felt was the superior logic of the Christian view. Only years later did he finally grasp that while he may have presented the abstract truths of Christianity cogently, he had failed to also present the person of Jesus Christ in a way that winsomely conveyed that our faith is first and foremost an intimate encounter with the God of truth.
When we don’t frame our apologetics, teaching, and preaching in this way, our presentation of Christ will not be fully true, let alone attractive.
Yes. We need to widen our approach to apologetics. Our goal isn’t merely to argue that Christianity is true, but also to introduce people to a Person—a Person who is with us in the very room we’re standing in as we’re making our arguments, a person whom we love and desire to follow. Do you convey a sense of this when you talk to people about Christianity?
As apologists, we need to grapple with the truth that, at root, unbelief is more a matter of the heart than of the head…
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