Monday, October 15, 2012

Reflection for the Week - October 15

Unfortunately, in our context today, the defense of the gospel all too often becomes a matter of self-interest, which is akin to defending one’s own position at all costs. In this scenario, there is little or no understanding of or openness to pertinent questions that may undermine what is so tenaciously held on to, and different interpretations of the biblical text and natural world are ignored or dismissed without serious consideration. Empty heads are assumed to equate full hearts, but in my assessment this configuration is more likely to be an “apologetics of the uninformed self,” which tends to hold sway in many evangelical type circles and amounts to the blind leading the blind. Challenge and engagement are the new directions for apologetics, as our credibility and integrity are on the line in a culture that is fast becoming post-Christian.