Let’s be honest, I have an apathy for so called Christian apologists and Bull-Horn evangelists who want to monologue at everyone they meet. I’ve met and argued with them in person, in downtown Fort Worth, and it’s just really embarassing for fellow Christians, especially when most groups are out spreading heresy. I enjoy C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, and prefer not to see him as an apologist (I’ve read somewhere he later in life swore off apologetics) because it’s just questionable at best, when you have a religion built on a Trinitarian faith where the Holy Spirit leads and guides people to fellowship with God that any of our human, what we deem “rational” arguments could ever be made more powerful than that. Recent (unnecessary) goofs from apologists like Ray Comfort continues to affirm my feeling that those who offer apologetics are posturing, and in denial about dealing with real people. According to Thessalonians, the best apologetics for the Church is a good reputation built on integrity, faithfulness to Christ, and working with the downtrodden. That should be our “apologetic,”: the lives we live, and people seeing Christ in our actions.
A surprising and delightful post from the Institute for Religion and Democracy by Nathaniel Torrey articulated my questions about rational arguments, natural law, and the business of apologetics quite nicely:
“this is precisely the business of Christianity, to change someone’s life completely. Intellectual assent and actively choosing to be renewed in Christ are not synonymous”