Letter to an Aspiring Apologist

LetterSo you want to become an apologist. Good for you. There is more of a need for quality apologetics now than ever before. But the key is quality.

The internet is a great means of proclaiming Christian church but anyone can publish anything. There are some well-meaning apologists out there who are putting out less than convincing arguments for Christianity.

That doesn’t mean you have to know everything before you can do anything. It does mean that before going public with a message, check your facts. Don’t aim for quantity of arguments but quality of arguments.

One of the key aspects of being a good apologist is to be a life-long learner. I encourage you to get some kind of formal education. It may be a degree in apologetics, but it could also be theology, philosophy, biblical studies or some other related field.

But it is more than a degree. Read books, listen to podcasts, attend conferences and talk to other apologists. Believe it or not, talking to and more importantly, listening to skeptics will be some of your best education.

There will be people, even inside the church, who will say there is no place for apologetics. Don’t listen to them. As long as there is Christianity, there is a need for Christian apologetics.

What was your motivation to enter in apologetics? Was it because of your own struggle with doubts? Debating with atheists is not the answer. Use apologetics to learn but if you are struggling, apologetic activity is not the way to go.

Finally, I would encourage you to invest into your relationship with God. Read the Bible not just to build an argument but to hear from God. Spend time in prayer and worship. Cultivate your spiritual life carefully.

This is just some of what I want you to know as you consider your role in Christian apologetics.


A Still Learning Apologist

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