In Defense of Christian Apologetics
by Abraham Matthew
In this age of easily accessible books, television shows, blogs, and YouTube videos, Christian apologetics (or the giving of a well-reasoned defense of the Christian faith) has evolved from something that was once considered solely for academics (and nerds) to something that is both widely admired and studied by individuals of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and educational backgrounds.
However, just like anything that grows in popularity and acceptance, Christian apologetics has its detractors. One would expect that these detractors would be from outside the Christian faith, but you would be surprised to know that many of them come from within. These detractors seem to make compelling arguments against apologetics, including things like:
“God and the Bible can defend themselves, and don’t need to be defended.”
“We are commanded to live by faith, not by reason.”
“People are not saved by reason and arguments, but only by the work of the Holy Spirit.”
How would an apologist respond?
My aim today is to construct a short and simple biblical argument for Christian apologetics using premises that are Biblically-attested and universally-affirmed by all orthodox Christians. I will also consider and respond to some of the common Christian objections to apologetics…