Why Study Apologetics? Part 2
19 October 2020
A second reason that you, as a Christian, should study apologetics is because apologetics helps you evangelise. To evangelise is to share the good news about Jesus with others. Now, apologetics may kindle a non-Christian's interest in God, propelling the non-Christian to explore the existence of God further. In fact, although most people come to believe in God through the inner witness of the Holy Spirit, many people testify to the role that apologetic arguments played in their coming to Christ. For example, the famous writer C.S. Lewis, the pastor Lee Strobel, and the prominent philosopher J.P. Moreland all share how the arguments for God's existence were among the several factors that caused them to abandon atheism and embrace Christianity. Many similar stories have been shared, testifying to the importance of apologetics.
Consequently, it is simply a mistake to think that you cannot 'argue someone into the kingdom', since this does happen; some people do turn to God when they are presented with evidence in favour of His existence.
Furthermore, if you are familiar with apologetics, then you will be more confident in sharing your faith with others. It could be intimidating to share your faith with someone who, for example, is well-versed in popular science and who will most likely throw difficult questions at you. Fortunately, if you are well-versed in apologetics, then you will be able to answer most, if not all, of these questions. This, in turn, gives you the confidence to talk to non-believers about God.
For these reasons, apologetics helps you evangelise and, therefore, it is worthwhile to study apologetics.
- C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1955); Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1998); J. P. Moreland, The God Question (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2009), 133-138.