"but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame." 1 Peter 3:15-16
Can Apologetics be an active involvement with evangelism? Should Apologetics be an active involvement with evangelism? Should Apologetics and Theology be an active involvement with a Christian's spiritual growth along with meditation and prayer? These are legitimate questions that I am asking you, as the Church, be ready to answer.
Quotes from an article from Christianity Today ::
Another unsettling pattern emerged during my interviews. Almost to a person, the leavers with whom I spoke recalled that, before leaving the faith, they were regularly shut down when they expressed doubts. Some were ridiculed in front of peers for asking "insolent questions." Others reported receiving trite answers to vexing questions and being scolded for not accepting them. One was slapped across the face, literally.
At the 2008 American Sociological Association meeting, scholars from the University of Connecticut and Oregon State University reported that "the most frequently mentioned role of Christians in de-conversion was in amplifying existing doubt." De-converts reported "sharing their burgeoning doubts with a Christian friend or family member only to receive trite, unhelpful answers."
I'd like to finish off with a quote from John Calvin, french Reformer,
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw God's truth attacked and yet would remain silentWe are cowards if we don't defend our faith, and Revelation 21:8 states,
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.