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The Cost of Apologetics

by Donald T. Williams

The world is now more hostile to the Christian faith than it has been before in our lifetime. This situation presents us with a challenge: We either shut up and go home or stand up and be counted. Apologetics rightly pursued can give us tools that make the latter choice more viable.

What does "rightly pursued" mean? It means sanctifying Christ as Lord in our hearts before we start trying to give a reason for the hope that is in us, just as 1 Peter 3:15 says. It means speaking the truth in love without compromising either truth or love, as Francis Schaeffer did. It means, with those prerequisites firmly laid down (and not before), doing our homework and being prepared for the rough-and-tumble of argument and debate. Nothing less will suffice to meet the challenge of the age—the challenge that God has given us. Nothing less.

Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018). He is a member of University Church, an interdenominational house church in Athens, Georgia.

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