The Single Biggest Threat to Faith: Apologetics?
by Tim Barnett
In his book The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context, Myron Bradley Penner says, “Apologetics itself might be the single biggest threat to genuine Christian faith that we face today.” According to Penner, apologetics—not the promulgation of pornography, not the rise of relativism, not the surge of secularism—is the biggest threat to faith in the twenty-first century.
But, is apologetics the single biggest threat to faith today?
For most churches in North America, apologetics is not a priority. This is because they view apologetics as either an extra or an error. If it’s an extra, it can be ignored. If it’s an error, it should be impugned. In either case, both are grounded in anti-intellectualism in the church. And it’s this anti-intellectualism—not apologetics—that is arguably the greatest threat to Christian faith today…