The main task of an apologist, which on some level is every Christian, has been to defend the core doctrines of the faith both within and outside of the church. The key doctrines that are most often under attack are:
- The Incarnation: Jesus was not just a good man or a prophet, but the Son of God, fully human and fully divine.
- The Trinity: God, though One, exists eternally as three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Original Sin: We are all born with a sinful nature and exist in a state of rebellion against God and his law.
- The Atonement: Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross brought us back into a right relationship with God the Father.
- God as the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
- The Bible as the authoritative Word of God.
From the beginning of Christianity, believers have had to field questions similar to these:
- If God is all-loving and all-powerful, why are pain, suffering, and injustice in the world?
- How can Christians believe in miracles when events like the parting of the Red Sea, the raising of Lazarus from the dead, the virgin birth, and Jesus’ walking on water clearly violate the laws of nature?
- How can a God of mercy condemn people to hell?
- How do we know we can trust the accounts of Jesus’ life that are recorded in the Gospels?
- Isn’t the story of a dying and rising God just a myth for ignorant pagans and modern children?
- Isn’t religion just a crutch and wish fulfillment for people too weak to deal with reality?
- Hasn’t science disproved Christianity and shown it to be false?
- Hasn’t the church done more evil than good and inspired more hypocrisy than any other institution in history?
In the new book Apologetics for the Twenty-First Century, Louis Markos equips readers to address these questions and more, while giving readers a crash course in the apologetics of C.S. Lewis, GK Chesterton, Josh McDowell, Dorothy Sayers, and Francis Schaeffer.
Two More Tips for Apologists:
- A good apologist not only answers questions, but addresses the anger, guilt, despair, and confusion that often lies behind the questions.
- A good apologist does not treat belief systems as inherently false, but begins by establishing common ground (whether it’s monotheism or the nature of a problem that an ideology addresses).
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