the twenty first century, the accurate use of apologetics will prove to be the
“making” or the “breaking”
of most pastors, church leaders and theologians. The
Christian faith and its fellowshipping community have accepted an entirely
different posture in the global community during the last two decades than it
ever had previously to that. Some theologians blame the rise of post-modernism
and the most recent up surge of Gnosticism for this positional phenomenon.
church leaders recognize that while post-modernism and Gnosticism are
definitely contributing factors, it is also because those who claim to be
Christians have not prepared ourselves properly for the defensive posture that
they have been placed into by a morally and ethically declining secular culture
and society. The minimal need for a strong apologetic core in the Christian community
of faith that existed fifty years ago now screams for renewal and an increase
in numbers so as to adequately face the foundational challenges confronting the
Christian faith and its belief systems.
spiritual alarm clock is buzzing. Hopefully many will arise to the call. God
has given those who desire to serve the Christian faith an ability to “defend”
the faith with the real practical, logical, sensible informational tools that
God has already established in the hearts of those who have studied His Word
and have learned the patterns of thought and practice in the Society and culture
in which they now live.
and centuries ago, our experience in the use of apologetics was generally
limited to the intense corners of sacred or secular academia. The general
public readily accepted the bishop or the clergyman’s answer to their question
about God, the Bible and productive faith as an acceptable authority.
inflamed pockets of academia rose up to challenge the beliefs and even the
historicity of the Christian faith, their external damage outside of the
academic community was somewhat limited and generally did not ultimately
challenge the viability of the “Christian” faith and the existence of the
church in the acceptable sociological framing of the its community.
in the 21st century, the story has changed quite radically. This
technological era has opened up a vast array of information and challenging
discussions into the offices and living rooms of our businesses and homes. Not
only has television bombarded our society with the liberal media press yielding
a blow by blow account of our morally decaying culture in its hourly programming,
but the internet and the increasing popular social media have also opened the
door for a dichotomy of debatable sound bites and antagonistic challenges.
with an internet connection can “Google” virtually any topic and come up with
hundreds of web sites, search engines and blogs on that subject. This process yields
an overwhelming variety of optional descriptions and opinions on any given
in these options would be those of faith, religion and truth, be it relative or
absolute. Information is now more readily accessible than it has been in any
other age. The apologetic debates formerly confined to the lecture halls of both
conservative and liberal educational institutions can now appear on the screen
of your computer or even on your phone, should you so desire. There are no
prerequisites for the general public to engage them in.
irony that obviously exists in the post-modern global community is that any
form of organized institutionalism is generally diminished in value more than
it ever has been. Traditional educational systems are being more and more
compressed by time and content. Some educational institutes are not even
tangible locations. They are experienced entirely on line.
Institutions have to prove their own validity through
rigorous forms of accreditation. Yet, when someone wants to fortify a position
that they willingly choose to support, the first place they go is to some
format of recognized institutional academia.