WHI-1207 | Keeping Our Kids, Part 2

Sunday, 25 May 2014

We’re continuing our conversation with Greg Koukl and Brett Kunkle from Stand to Reason.

In the last program we were listening to some of the clips from students who were part of “Faith Assent,” an apologetics summer-camp, where even the students themselves were telling us how important, and even life-changing, it is to know what you believe and why you believe it. Shane Rosenthal, our producer, had the opportunity to do some interviews on the campus of a Christian college, asking them why they believe the Bible. Join the conversation as we discuss their responses and the importance of preparing our youth for a life of faith in a secular age. The interviews reveal that not only should our youth be taught what they believe and why, before they leave home, but that they should also be given some basic training in how to communicate their faith, and how to answer those with opposing points of view.

“The implication was that when [this young Christian lady] was in her Christian community, there was a kind of bubble where everybody believed the same thing, and there was no inoculation being done, that is… exposure to the bad stuff so you build up a resistance to it. And here I mean, an appropriate resistance, an immune-response resistance, that’s seeing what is bad about [the secular worldview], and why its foolishness, and how do we respond with a point of view that is more reasonable, but can also explain the real world better. The Christian worldview has explanatory power.
“Let’s just take the problem of evil for example, when I approach this with secular audiences, I tell them, I’ve got the problem of evil as a Christian, but so do you as an atheist. We both have the same problem. We’re both identifying it there. Now, the question is which point of view has the resources, the explanatory power, to make sense of the problem and solve it. Christianity does. Atheism does not. My perspective is that I can deal with the real world, and this is the kind of thing that shocked this young lady when she got out there – ‘I never really encountered the world in this way or learned what Christianity has to speak to that experience of reality.’”
– Greg Koukl
The Need for Apologetics
Christians who believe but don’t know why are often insecure and comfortable only around other Christians. Defensiveness can quickly surface when challenges arise on issues of faith, morality, and truth because of a lack of information regarding the rational grounds for Christianity. At its worst this can lead to either a fortress mentality or a belligerent faith, precisely the opposite of the Great Commission Jesus gave in Matthew 28:19-20. The charge of the Christian is not to withdraw from the world and lead an insular life. Rather, we are to be engaged in the culture, to be salt and light.
The solution to this problem is for believers to become informed in doctrine, the history of their faith, philosophy, logic, and other disciplines as they relate to Christianity. They need to know the facts, arguments, and theology and understand how to employ them in a way that will effectively engage the culture. In short, the answer is Christian apologetics.
(From the Holman Quick Source Guide to Christian Apologetics by Doug Powell)

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