Talbot philosophy professor William lane Craig visited Royal Oak Missionary Church Saturday night November 8. Prepare for the Battle! was Dr. Craig’s talk as he challenged Christians to equip themselves to defend their faith.
Craig said apologetics is effective in evangelism. He disagreed with those who say, “Nobody comes to Christ through arguments.” He pointed to examples of the apostles in the New Testament who used apologetics in their evangelistic messages. They gave creation as evidence for the existence of God and then presented eyewitness testimony for the resurrection in arguing for the Gospel.
Craig identified engineers, lawyers, and medical personnel as those who respond best to his apologetic arguments. These key influencers in society can be reached effectively through apologetics.
Craig also said that in his debates with Islamic apologists, they are always rigorously rational. Apologetics is one avenue that has proved successful in reaching Muslims who are often resistant to other approaches.
See Role of Apologetics for an interesting YouTube video of Dr. Os Guinness discussing the role and significance of apologetics in evangelism.
Craig presented a persuasive pragmatic case for the vital role of apologetics in Christian discipleship. He showed why the Apostle Peter commanded, “Always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15)
The Christmas season presents many chances for apologetics discussions. “Jesus is the reason for the season,” is a natural opening. Make the most of your opportunities!
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Monday December 15, 2008 A.D.
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15)