21 Things That Apologists Need to Know
I’m thankful for the renewal of interest in apologetics in recent years. There has been an increase in apologetics organizations, academic apologetics programs and individual apologetics activity. These are exciting times for apologetics.
I have been reflecting on my own experience in apologetics and the things that I have learned. Here are twenty-one things that all apologists need to know.
- Some people do come to faith through apologetics.
- Apologetics is as important for strengthening Christians as it is for speaking to non-Christians.
- Apologetics is not a product of the enlightenment.
- You do not have to take people through the full journey of faith. Moving a person a little closer to Jesus is enough.
- The purpose of apologetics is not to win an argument.
- It is important to embrace a habit of lifelong learning.
- Study of apologetics is no replacement for a good knowledge of the Bible.
- You need to pick your battles carefully.
- Prayer has an important place in apologetics.
- You don’t have to have all the answers.
- The tone you use can be as important as the content of your statement.
- Apologetics does not remove all mystery of the faith.
- Different people have different questions.
- Listening can be one of the most important skills for an apologist.
- You don’t have to be famous to be effective.
- A postmodern/post-Christian world still needs apologetics.
- You need to balance your apologetics activity with personal devotional time.
- You are not responsible for another person’s rejection of Christianity.
- It is important to train other new apologists.
- Apologetics is not about shoving religion down people’s throats.
- Sometimes it is better to not say anything at all.