How to Become a Christian Apologist
by Krista Bontrager
Do you enjoy apologetics? Have you ever wondered how you can become a professional Christian apologist? Here are four practical recommendations to help guide your journey.
Being a Christian apologist involves a knowledge of various—and often very different—fields of study. In a previous post, I outlined two types of Christian apologists. If you want to be a research apologist, then getting a strong educational foundation, preferably including a PhD, will be critical.
Each area of education is a major undertaking in its own right. But a quality apologist will not only have a mastery of various disciplines, but will also go a step further and know how to integrate those fields into a cohesive worldview. If you want to become a scientific apologist, you will need at least a master’s degree (preferably, a PhD) in a scientific discipline (e.g., physics, astronomy, biochemistry, or marine biology), as well as some graduate-level training in theology, Bible interpretation, church history, or philosophy. Reasons to Believe offers online courses through its distance-learning program, Reasons Institute. These courses can provide some guidance to help you integrate your scientific knowledge with the Bible.
It’s also a great asset when Christian apologists have taken the time to study other subjects, too. Take a foreign language or an art class. Try to read as much as you can on a variety of subjects, including classic literature. This will help you become a well-rounded person. For example, my colleague, Dr. Fazale Rana, appreciates Shakespeare and has incorporated Shakespearean vignettes into his apologetics writing.
Being a quality Christian apologist can’t just be about formal education. The best Christian apologists also know how to thoughtfully engage with unbelievers and bring them to faith in Jesus as their Savior.
Unfortunately, many people who wear the label of “Christian apologist” don’t have much practical experience in sharing their faith with unbelievers. Some have not even worked in a secular environment and have minimal experience dialoguing with people from other worldviews. As a result, they have not field-tested their ability to defend the faith in real-life situations…
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