Finding your apologetic niche

by Philip Thompson

Apologetics can be an incredibly broad field. When you realise that questions of the existence of God and whether Jesus is truly the Son of God can move into dozens of spheres of learning and knowledge, it can feel rather overwhelming.

If you grapple with apologetics only briefly you will likely encounter the following fields of study (to name a few):

  • Philosophy, argumentation and logic
  • History
  • Ethics and morality
  • The physical sciences (both forensic and empirical)
  • Cosmology and astrophysics
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Metaphysics
  • Theology
  • Archaeology

This is enough to cause most people to throw their hands in the air in defeat. Avoiding the difficult questions is however not a viable solution for the Christian – you are going to be challenged apologetically whether you like it or not.

You cannot expect to be an expert in all areas, but you should make an effort to grasp the ideas which form the foundation of your Christian worldview.

Once you have a solid philosophical grounding, you should hone in on what you are good at. Find your ‘apologetic niche’, as it were…

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