How Do We Make Apologetics Accessible to Everyday Christians?

Greg shares simple starting points for people interested in apologetics.

 

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How do we make defending the faith accessible to the rank-and-file Christian without making it too intellectually daunting? When you consider the broader field of defending the faith, there are both simple and complex things. 

Some are very straightforward, and other things are advanced and only meant to be understood by people with adequate educations. Most of the basic arguments for the existence of God, though they can be detailed in sophisticated ways, are easy to understand on a fundamental level.

Three arguments are:

  1. The Cosmological Argument: The argument for God based on the existence of the Cosmos.

  2. The Teleological Argument: The argument for God based on the design of the Cosmos.

  3. The Moral Argument: If there is no God, there is no morality.

These arguments can be summed up like this:

  1. The Cosmological Argument: The Big Bang needs a big banger.

  2. The Teleological Argument: Design needs a designer.

  3. Moral: Moral law requires a moral lawmaker.

Getting the basics is not that difficult. In the above cases, the basics are intuitively satisfying. They make sense on a very basic level that puts the objector in the position of having to shoulder the burden of proof.

The resurrection is another aspect that is quite simple. The tomb was empty, and everyone acknowledges that. The disciples saw Jesus alive after He died. You can come up with lots of scenarios to explain these truths away, but none of them hold up. 

One explanation is that the disciples stole the body. This doesn’t make sense because the disciples went on to sacrifice their lives for their beliefs. There was no good reason, neither for the disciples nor for any other group, to steal the body. That’s just one example. 

As time goes on, you may get into the more philosophical aspects. There’s a place to start for everybody. 

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