I have often heard people say that apologetics isn’t necessary for faith. I agree with this statement wholeheartedly. However, I also have heard people say that it’s silly to discuss apologetics; the spiritual aspect is all you need for faith. I disagree.
I myself came to Christ through spiritual means, I knew nothing about apologetics when going to my first church, a liberal Episcopalian one, when I was younger. My faith faltered for some time, and I came back to Christ officially and (practically) for the first time through the same means at my new church. But through my new church, I was introduced to a revolutionary concept (at least to secular society and in my mind); apologetics. I was fascinated by all the evidence for faith. I began to see the doubts I had disappear, as I learned about the scientific,philosophical, and logical evidence for Christianity.
One topic that particularly struck me was the scientific theory of Intelligent Design. I had grown up learning evolution, and it seemed like a pretty fool-proof theory. I was taught my whole life to believe humans evolved from apes, and that we all came from ONE single celled organism. What I never thought about back then were the enormous holes in this theory, holes in the fossil record and in the very concept of the theory that even bigoted Richard Dawkins could not deny. He once said something along the lines of the fossil record not being enough to explain evolutionary theory. Even Darwin himself recognized that his theory was outrageous, and could be disproven eventually. “…I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science.” said Darwin, of his theory.
Evolution was something that laid the groundwork for Dawkins’ own atheism, after growing up in the Anglican church, just as I did. He saw the ‘magnificence’ and beauty of evolution as an explanation for life, and it destroyed his faith. In that, we can see the obvious dangers of evolution on faith. It may not necessarily be a major threat, but it is a growing threat as secular society is continuously mystified with the illusion of evolution, and bullied into thinking that creationism and intelligent design are but imaginations of Christian lunatics and the nutty book of fairy tales they read for wisdom. It’s not even that us Christians are afraid of evolution because it challenges our beliefs, we are afraid it will wrongfully turn others away from the TRUE magnificence of Jesus Christ. One is still able to believe in evolution and be Christian, although it is silly, in my opinion. But for many, evolution has become somewhat of a new “religion”. People would rather take a leap of faith believing that we all evolved from one organism (that came from WHERE?) in a highly incomplete fossil record than believe in the supernatural aspect, intelligent design, which has thus far proven to be a very likely alternative to evolution.
For more clarification on this danger of evolution on faith, read:
Dangers of Evolution on Faith
Even still, with all the knowledge of apologetics in the world one must actively be seeking God in order to receive Him into their heart. But as I have found, the knowledge of apologetics can really convince someone to take that step and actively seek Him out.
This is why talking about apologetics is so important. It can help lead someone to Jesus Christ, and show them that the Bible is not a nutty book of fairy tales. If I have even led one person to Christ through my knowledge of apologetics, it would all be worth it. This is why I idolize and admire people like Dr. William Lane Craig; he has brought people to Christ and strengthened other’s faiths through his work, debate, speech, and so on. His own quest for spiritual truth brought him to bring out the truth he found in apologetics to the world, and I desire most of all to help him share that truth, all because of Jesus! I will never forget the verse he wrote on my book when I met him:
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
-2 Corinthians 10:5
This verse is very powerful to me; it speaks to me on so many levels. But most of all I think it really shows God’s approval of apologetics in bringing people to Christ. I may not always be perfect as Jesus was, but I constantly strive to share his gospel so that others may know his amazing love as I do. I urge you, as Christians, share the gospel, share the truth, share apologetics.
Posted by Caitie Bendall