5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started in Apologetics

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.

  1. It is okay to not know everything. No one knows everything and it is okay to admit it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Apologists should be bathed in prayer. While intellectual arguments are important, it is the power of the Holy Spirit that makes the changes.

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2 thoughts on “5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started in Apologetics”

  1. Apologists should critically examine what the Bible teaches and why before they proceed to defend it (lest they end up defending and reinforcing unbiblical ideas).

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