Apologetics and the impossibility of certainty

by MJH

My wife was recently talking with someone who said that she had been a Christian, but she lost her faith when she went to Bible college. It was because of an apologetics presentation. Her rational mind was activated, and she realised that unless she could find a perfect argument, she couldn’t believe.

No such argument exists or ever will exist.

For pretty much everything.

Even if my beloved St Anselm thought he could prove the Holy Trinity using logic alone.

But apologetics — which is the defence of the Christian faith — frequently presents itself as giving airtight arguments for the existence of God. If only those poor, benighted agnostics and atheists knew, they would become theists. And then they present arguments for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and expect that the Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims will join our faith as well, because Christianity is a perfectly rational faith and perfectly defensible.

And, of course, if you can’t prove something beyond the shadow of a doubt, can you trust it?…
 

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