Read Dead People
We live in a time when there are quality apologetics books being published all the time. There are so many resources available that we could never have the time to read them all. This is a good thing and we should seek to stay on top of what is happening in apologetics.
But we shouldn’t forget the dead people. What do I mean by this? There are some great Christian theologians and scholars who have gone before us and we must not forget them. It is true that culture has changed in the centuries or decades since they died, but there are principles that remain the same.
Some of the people you should read may not have self-identified as apologists. Yet the teachings of these important Christians can speak into our own apologetics ministry.
Here are some dead people you should get to know:
- Augustine (354-430)
- Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
- John Calvin (1509-1564)
- John Wesley (1703-1791)
- G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
- C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
- Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984)
- Dallas Willard (1935-2013)
There are of course many other Christians authors that you should read but this list will give you a good start.
My challenge to you is to pick one of these people (or another influential Christian) and make them your dead mentor. Start by learning something about their life, either through a biography or autobiography) and then reading a number of their writings. We have a tremendous heritage and we dare not neglect it.
Find other posts in this series here.