3 Reasons You’re Vital to the World of Ideas

by Mia Langford

It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation. — Carl Friedrich Gauss

“So much of this is just so far above my head. I don’t think there would ever be much I could contribute.”

My heart sank. This beautiful, earnest elementary school teacher really thought she had nothing to give to the defense of truth. But apologetics is for everyone. As Christians we believe we have access to general and revealed truth, and this truth is accessible to all. Explain the world accurately; that’s the goal. To explain the world as accurately as possible, and to reach that same world as persuasively as possible, we need the entire world, with the varying perspectives, data set, experiences, and gifts it brings to the table.

Why? Let’s look at three reasons.

1.) Sometimes the emperor has no clothes.

We all know the story of the emperor’s new clothes by Hans Christian Anderson. The emperor was tricked by a tailor into wearing invisible clothes that ostensibly had the power to reveal the stupidity of any person who was not able to see them, for:

“The whole town knew about the cloth’s peculiar power, and all were impatient to find out how stupid their neighbors were.”

It took the candid chutzpah of a little child to shatter the ridiculous, widespread delusion that gripped an entire population…


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