A Case for Christianity: The Importance of Understanding Christianity’s Roots When Practicing Christian Apologetics
by Teri Dugan
Over the next several posts we will take a quick tour of some important events and turning points in Christian history that can help us understand why we need to be trained in Christian Apologetics more than ever. As Christians we should be able to identify error when skeptics, and others, attack the Christian worldview and its historical foundation. If we do not understand the truth about our past then we will be easily deceived in the present.
The following is a scenario taken from a real life encounter:
A young lady at a dinner party had quite an audience as she gave her views on politics and culture. She was a veteran of the armed forces and an outspoken politician of sorts, highly respected by most of the people there. During her exposition she asserted that “Christianity was just another political group at the time of Jesus and the emperor Constantine had made it the religion of the state.” Another person at the same party claimed that, “Christianity is just a western religious invention, and Islam came into existence first. Most of Christianity’s teachings about Jesus are copied from these older religions anyway.”
Can you spot the errors in these views?
Both people at the dinner party were dead wrong in their knowledge of Christian history and historical timelines. A quick fact check would have proven that in an instant, and a basic knowledge of Christian Apologetics would have corrected the other errors. If a Christian is silent when things like this are said, what damage does that do to others in the room who have not made decisions for Christ? If the historical truths of Christianity are twisted what happens to salvational truths?
Many young people today are, sadly, under-educated in American history, let alone Christian history…