First, I apologize that it has been a while since I've blogged. With computer issues it became difficult to post the Apologetics Together Videos and I've been busy in the garden....which brings me to this post.
In thinking about Apologetics sometimes one may wonder why even bother. Why defend the faith? Why discuss, debate and defend? After all, a lion needs no defending, right? (Charles Spurgeon said something about that...)
If we applied that type of thinking to any other field, say English Literature or Science or Mathematics, we might be laughed out of their field. Why study if you won't inquire about its veracity and truth? Why study that field if you're not going to use it in life? vocation? etc?
Too many Christians, whom I've met and love dearly, do not see why we should defend the faith. In the church I grew up in, Seminary was called a Cemetery because "that's where your faith goes to die..." Somehow Faith and Knowledge are opposite of each other? Somehow education may ruin your faith? Somehow learning about your faith (not the doctrines alone but defending it) makes your belief null and void? I grew up being told, "Learn everything you can about as many things as you can because you never know when God will use it." I had wise parents. So, I've applied that, or attempted to as much as possible, to my Christian Faith. I find myself not only reading more and more about what we believe (doctrine) by why we believe it and should believe it (apologetics). I also find myself reading journals from other areas such as science and archaeology or history. However, many Christians don't think that is important. I disgree.
You see, we need to know not only WHAT we believe but WHY we believe it. I've been reading three books this summer: Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions (because I need my theology straightened out after growing up pentecostal and then becoming reformed/calvinist), An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the writings of JRRR Tolken by Donald T. Williams and then The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature by CS Lewis (series of Lectures)