Seven Usages for Apologetics in Modern Evangelism
by Rob Lundberg
I am not sure we realize this or not, but 9/11 changed the religious climate of our culture. We were hit with a terrorist attack in the name of a geo-political religion that awakened the spiritual pulse of our culture into skepticism. How could God allow something like that to happen to this country. . . He must not exist.” It also quickened the new atheist writers like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens.
But for the Christian culture, that fateful event was just the icing on the cake of a paradigm shift that began when Charles Darwin wrote his book, Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. What was the church’s response to this? The church turned inward. Before Darwin’s book and scientism pushing for a place in modern thought, the intellectual life held a high place of honor. And it was believed that the Christian mind could be the best mind and apologetics was a well thought of spiritual discipline. Today, it is another story.
Today, as a result of the rise of scientism thanks to Darwin and a nation shaking terrorist attack, we are finding that the tektonic shifts of ideas has…