While Christians are called to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3), many Christians who get involved in apologetics believe (perhaps unconsciously) they can argue someone into the kingdom. A biblical apologist understands that the battle is not his, but is the Lord’s, even though the Lord is pleased to use the apologist.
Scott Oliphint reports on, what is certainly an unbiblical approach to apologetics, which to some extent is all to common:
“A STUDENT REPORTED to me recently that he had returned from a conference entitled “Defending the Faith.”When I asked him what the most significant thing about it was, I was surprised at his answer. He said the thing that most caught his attention was one speaker’s comments that went
something like this: “This year our topic is apologetics,1 so you really won’t need to have your Bibles with you.” The comment was not meant to be humorous or flippant; it was simply a statement of fact.”
This book, by Scott Oliphint is currently on sale for only $5 and is well worth it if you have not picked up a copy. Not only is this a great buy, but his book Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology is on sale for only $13.74 (listed at $24.99).
Both of these titled have been mentioned on this blog before, but they are worth mentioning again, and since they are on sale, there is no better time than now.