Apologetics attracts people with egos: people who like winning debates, who really enjoy doing a victory dance over the supine carcasses of their opponents while receiving the adulation of the masses who already agree with them. I know this all too well—from the inside, one might say.
That is not the apologetic to which we are called. Unless we die to self, unless we have truly “sanctified Christ as Lord in our hearts” (the part of 1 Peter 3:15 we usually neglect to quote while going on about the defense we are supposed to make to those who ask a reason for the hope that is in us), we are almost guaranteed to do more harm than good. Even when we win.
Especially when we win.
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Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Toccoa Falls College and the author of Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and Ninety-Five Theses for a New Reformation: A Road Map for Post-Evangelical Christianity (Semper Reformanda Publications, 2021).
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