How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away
By Tom Gilson
Apologetics. In church. How many times have I heard people say, “Apologetics? What’s that?” I’m still talking about people in church, you understand.
Not to rush too quickly to judgment, though, there are reasons people react that way. They think it’s a dry subject for intellectuals, if they think of it at all. Maybe they’ve heard it taught that way; some of it can be pretty academic, after all. Or they think it’s an affront to faith: “Why should I have to prove why I believe? God’s word is all I need!” Or they’ve associated it with unseemly arguments, and they’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t do any good anyway.
Apologetics doesn’t have to be like any of that. In fact, there are lots of reasons that kind of thinking is wide of the mark. We could try to talk people out of thinking that way — or we could teach apologetics anyway, without frightening them off with any of that. We could even do it without even letting on that’s what we’re doing.
With this post I’m starting a series in cooperation with Project 360 on using apologetics in Christian teaching, without scaring anyone away…