Each generation is different and we need to be prepared to communicate with them on their terms. One of the values that have been identified is authenticity.
This doesn’t mean that there is no longer a place for apologetics, it just means we have to do it with authenticity. Which we should anyway.
What does apologetics with authenticity look like?
There have been times when when we have been tempted to do apologetics from a place of full confidence and assurance. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to be confident in the truth of the Gospel.
What we need to avoid is an attitude of arrogance and false confidence. If we are completely honest, there are things about the faith that we don’t understand and may even be uncomfortable with.
If we are even more honest, we may also admit that we sometimes struggle with doubt. There are moments when we ask the hard questions. This is not a sin (see Habakkuk 1).
Although the temptation may be to pretend that we have it all together, being transparent with our questions can help build relationships.
I’m not saying that we should say we have no idea if God exists or if Jesus rose from the dead. If that is the case, we shouldn’t be doing apologetics.
Being a Christian means that we have faith but faith has room for human weakness. People can identify with our weakness.
If someone asks us a question that we don’t know the answer to, instead of faking it, we should confess that we don’t know and seek to find the answer together.
The great thing is that authenticity doesn’t require study or ability, it simply requires honesty.