Martin Luther, C. S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Augustine, Charles Spurgeon. These men have done incredible things for the philosophy of Christianity. They have answered tough questions, offered new ways of thinking about God, and defended Christianity with wit and passion. They have blazed the trail for modern apologists like William Lane Craig, or Tim Keller, or Lee Strobel. The only problem is many of our churches are losing their passion for thinking. They begin to pass over well thought out arguments for feelings, they neglect conversation for experience. I don’t necessarily think feelings and experiences are bad, but I think that if Christianity quits appealing to the head, we’ll eventually miss the heart.
We must reject the zombie tendency to wander around mindless, without thinking or using our brains.
We must cling to good theology and discussions about who God is, and evidences for what we believe. I believe that God uses various ways to reach those who are far from Him. For some He uses their relationships: friends reach out. For some He uses emotions: the feeling of God’s presence. For some He uses reason: the logical conclusion that the evidence for God is greater than the lack of that evidence. If we neglect to learn apologetics, then we are missing a huge group that God could be preparing us to reach.
Christians are called to be prepared to give an answer for the faith we have (see 1 Peter 3:15). We can’t afford to be mindless. We can’t afford to bury our heads in the sands of our experiences and ignore the need for a rational argument.