Some of the strongest objections to Christian apologetics comes not from outside the church, but from within. Here are five common objections to Christian apologetics with my responses.
- Apologetics leads to a purely intellectual faith. There is no reason for this. It is like saying that a dramatic conversion must lead to a purely emotional faith. Many people who come to faith through apologetics and who are active in apologetics have a vibrant and lively faith.
- People don’t come to faith through apologetics. This is a common mantra but it is false. While there are many people whose faith journey did not include apologetics, there are many others whose journey was heavily influenced by apologetics.
- The Bible does not teach us to be apologists. Not only does 1 Peter 3:15 tell us to be ready with a defence, Acts 17 (both the events in Thessalonica and Athens) show apologetics in action.
- I’m not called to be an apologist. While not everyone is called to study apologetics at the university level or to debate atheists, we are all responsible to give a reason for our faith. If someone asked you why you are a follower of Jesus, what would you say? Would you say, “No reason”? If you can respond with a reason, you are doing apologetics.
- I don’t like apologetics. The problem with this objection is that it is not just all about us. Are there people seeking Jesus who are struggling with a biblical or theological point? Is there a Christian who is being overcome with doubt? Will you ignore their needs because of your personal prejudice against apologetics?