5 New Year’s Resolutions for Christian Apologists
by Logan Judy
The turn of the new year is an important time for many people. It’s a time where you give up ice cream and start exercising for an average of three and a half days before reverting back to old habits. Some of us may do better. But as you go about making resolutions, and hopefully a few that stick, here are some resolutions that will help us be better ambassadors for Christ.
I resolve to ask questions more, and lecture less
All too often, discussions on apologetics become the subject of unhealthy debate, with both sides talking past each other in angry tones. This is always going to be present to some degree, because the subject of theism versus atheism is a highly passionate one, and rightly so – it is very important. But sometimes, we talk past each other so much because we’ve made assumptions about the other person’s views, and are accidentally (or, God forbid, intentionally) misrepresenting their view. By asking questions, you direct the conversation, but in a way that lends attention to the other person, allowing you to understand their view more fully, and respond to it more appropriately. Additionally, by asking leading questions, you allow the individual you are dialoguing with to be led to the conclusions, rather than feeling like they’re being force-fed.
I resolve to read more from both sides
This is a resolution I will be working harder on this year, as well. This is a great time to be a Christian apologist, with more and more helpful resources coming out every year. God’s Crime Scene, which was released last year, is one of the most helpful introductory apologetics books I’ve read. Greg Koukl is releasing The Story of Reality next year, and that’s not even counting the numerous books that have been published in recent history or in years past. But just as we should be reading more books by apologetics, we should also be reading more works by atheists and agnostics. We cannot appropriately respond to the charges of skeptics if we don’t know them, and we cannot know them if we only hear them from other believers. Read what the skeptics have to say, so you can respond to their claims honestly and intelligently. Paul occasionally quoted pagan poets, and we, too, should learn to dialogue with those in the culture…
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