3 Reasons to Give up Apologetics
by Roger Browning
I was researching opinions on the difference between apologetics and evangelism when I came across a website that explained it like this:
APOLOGETICS USUALLY REQUIRES SOME LEVEL OF INTELLECTUAL SOPHISTICATION.[I]
While I certainly believe intelligence and Christianity are complimentary,[ii] the idea that apologetics is for the intellectual is problematic when looking at 1 Pet 3:15: “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in you”. If apologetics is something all Christians should be prepared for then maybe ‘apologetics’ isn’t the only way.
Apologetics is Complicated
The first time I approached a church about teaching apologetics, I received an all too common response from the pastor: “We teach the Bible, we don’t need that.” As I listened to his sermon, I couldn’t help but see the irony in his appeals to missionary work. He said, “They will know you by your fruits”, a clear message from Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount. So the pastor wanted his congregation to go out and win hearts and minds for Christ… without providing any reasons!? Apologetics is clearly a piece of the endeavor but putting the term ‘apologetics’ on the mission appears to complicate the ask.
Most of us are already prepared to give a reason by simply sharing our testimony. Labeling it ‘apologetics’ only complicates evangelism…