Question of the Week

Question of the Week- The Focus of Apologetics

question-week2Each Week on Saturday, I’ll be asking a “Question of the Week.” I’d love your input and discussion! Ask a good question in the comments and it may show up as the next week’s question! I may answer the questions in the comments myself.

The Focus of Apologetics

I am obviously very interested in apologetics, and one thing I often wonder is where energy dedicated to apologetics research might be most beneficial. In light of that, here’s the Question of the Week:

What would you say is the single most important issue which apologists should work to understand more fully?

Could it be the problem of evil? Natural evil? Textual criticism? Defining inerrancy? Outlining the science/religion perspectives? Something else entirely? Let me know what you think the most important issue is in the comments.


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J.W. Wartick is a Lutheran, feminist, Christ-follower. A Science Fiction snob, Bonhoeffer fan, Paleontology fanboy and RPG nerd.


4 thoughts on “Question of the Week- The Focus of Apologetics

  1. That reality is not an idea (though it includes ideas) and that God is distinct from the reality he made. All our discussion hinges on how we understand God and created reality.

    Posted by portdb | July 19, 2014, 7:28 AM
  2. What would you say is the single most important issue which apologists should work to understand more fully?

    Either Christianity is true and verifiably/falsifiably so, or it ought to be thrown into the garbage heap, into Gehenna. We believe our God to be the God of Truth; do we act this way? It is insightful to look at how logos was understood by the Greeks:

         Socrates: reasoned discourse
         Sophists: discourse

    The difference is between communication of truth and manipulation via illocutionary act. Josef Pieper makes this very clear in Abuse of Language ~~ Abuse of Power: you’re either communicating with an equal, or manipulating a lesser being than yourself. There is no third option. Fundamentally, one has a choice:

    “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Mt 7:24–27)

    Either one builds on the rock, on truth, or one builds on particles of sand which may not be so much false as disconnected, amorphous, untrustworthy, liable to disintegration. Either one has ears to hear, or is becoming like an idol—PS 115—and one’s heart is hardening until one is merely “a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal”—1 Cor 13:1–3. Note that gong, chalkos and cymbal, kumbalon, connote hollowness. There is simply nothing inside, no life. Idols are all appearance, no substance. The White Witch waves her wand and the being turns to stone.

    Posted by labreuer | July 19, 2014, 1:07 PM
  3. I know this might appear very simple but I would suggest…..When we speak to non believers do we try to look at ourselves through their eye’s?

    Posted by Steve | July 19, 2014, 8:27 PM
  4. I’ve encountered several apologists and I think the most pressing area of self-evaluation is that we can forget our first love (Rev 2:4). Apologists often want to argue about things within the church. There is a time and place for those discussions, but our main objective should focus on winning the lost.

    Posted by Tony | July 20, 2014, 2:28 PM

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