She stopped by our table on UDay at the University of New Hampshire. She was curious about our sign that described the use of reason and philosophy to explore the Christian worldview. She shared that she grew up in church and had been very active in youth group. However, since she came to UNH she had grown cold to Christianity and doubted that it was any different from any other religion. Her story is not unique. According to Lifeway, 70% of Christian students walk away from church during their collegiate years. While a minority of them return, they often return jaded from their experience and with a shallow faith.
Does a massive wave of anxiety sweep over you when you think about evangelism and sharing your faith with others? Do you feel intimidated and ill-equipped to share the Gospel message with an oftentimes hostile culture? If your answer is yes to these questions, you are not alone in your angst. The term “apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia. Even though it sounds like our English word “apology,” it means something quite different. Apologia simply means “to give a defense of.” In Scripture we are commanded to defend our faith and engage the false ideas that surround us (II Corinthians 10:3-5, I Peter 3:15), but many of us don’t know where or how to begin. This is where training in Christian apologetics becomes a valuable and even essential tool in evangelizing our friends, family, and neighbors.
Faith. Science. God. Facts. Theories. Sometimes it seems that these words are all opposed to each other. I think they are far more intertwined than we realize, but perhaps not in the way we think. Our post-Christian culture would like to separate science from faith and scientists from belief in God. But that effort to separate these interwoven concepts often forces scientists to accept mere theories as facts ... then to ignore any facts that do not fit the theory. This is causing many young adults to question the validity of their faith, which is exactly the plan of the Enemy. Can faith and science actually complement each other instead of oppose each other?