My Favorite Resources to Help Train Youth & Anyone in Apologetics
by Claudia Kalmikov
Apologetics is a big, scary word. When I tell people my Masters is in Apologetics, they answer, “What is that?” So I go on to define it as the defense of the Christian faith as I watch their eyes glaze over, and their body language tell me they are shutting down–Apathy.
What I’m finding in our culture is that the need for apologetics is even greater than before, since we live in a culture where truth is now based on feelings rather than facts. When a lawyer asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life, Jesus answered in Luke 10:27, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind…Yet people don’t see the need for apologetics. I think one of the biggest reasons is because people have a false sense of security about their beliefs and that of their children. Many believe, “I’m a Christian, and my kids have been raised in Sunday school or youth group, so we’re good!” Here’s the problem with that: unless one has been challenged in theological conversations with others about the Christian faith, they will not realize that they don’t even know why they are Christians, and nor do their children. If one doesn’t know why they adhere to a faith, how solid do you think one’s faith will be as soon as it is challenged? 1 Peter 3:15 tells us we need to always be ready to make a defense to anyone who asks us for the hope that is in us. That is why every Christian needs apologetics. With the direction that the statistics are moving with our youth, I’m going to focus on them here…
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