We Can’t Afford to be Brainless

04/30/2012

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.

What books on apologetics have you read?  And what did you think of them?

6 responses to We Can’t Afford to be Brainless

  1. I recently read “Contending with Christianity’s Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors,” and it was mostly a good read. I didn’t like how some of the authors cherry-picked stuff, but the format of the book lent itself to that, so it was understandable.

  2. I have really liked Lee Srobel’s books. They are written in an interview type style and make things easier to understand.

  3. I’m reading some essays by C.S. Lewis in a book called “The Essential C.S. Lewis” edited by Lyle Dorsett. I think it’s for sale on Amazon right now for only about $8. It’s a collection of a bunch of his works but it’s worth it for the essays alone. I’m especially liking the sections on The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses and THe World’s Last Night and Other Essays. (He also has some good things to say about writing.)

  4. A Q&A with Ravi (an apologetic). He is one of the best minds Christianity has to offer that is still alive. I prefer his sermons and lectures over his books though. I got to hear him lecture at a college and it was very impressive.

    And Barb, if your collection of essays has “Membership” it is one of my favorites.

    http://www.e-n.org.uk/p-369-Meet-Ravi-Zacharias.htm

    • Thanks, David, it doesn’t but I just found the essay online. I’ll look forward to reading it.

  5. Michael Alex Campbell 05/01/2012 at 8:29 PM

    I just read “Good and Beautiful God” by James Bryan Smith. It’s the first of three books in his Apprentice series. A great book for anyone wanting to study the nature of God. Also, he’s a professor at Friends University in Wichita.