I have been involved in apologetics since I came to personal faith in the mid-90s. I became more formally involved in apologetics when I co-wrote Unmasking the Pagan Christ in 2006 and started blogging shortly after that.
I think I have learned some things since that time. While I know I still have much more to learn, there are some things I now know that I wish I knew in the beginning.
Here are five things I wish I knew when I started in a apologetics.
- It is okay to not know everything. No one knows everything and it is okay to admit it.
- Apologetics should be connected with the local church. Much of my early apologetics activity was completely separated from my involvement in church and I didn’t even talk about it with people in my church.
- It is important to read widely. I continually tried to reinvent the wheel as I had no idea what other apologetics resources were available. Even though it was before the internet, good books were available in the library.
- It is important to connect with other apologists. I didn’t know there were other people doing what I was doing. Community is very important for encouragement and equipping.
- Apologists should be bathed in prayer. While intellectual arguments are important, it is the power of the Holy Spirit that makes the changes.