Christian apologists will meet November 4, for the 2017 Defending Truth Conference. It will be a time to reflect on the reasons to have faith in God and Jesus Christ. J. Warner Wallace, Ravi Zacharias, and other Christian experts in the field will speak at the conference.
The term, Christian apologists, is linguistically confusing, so for those who are unfamiliar or just uncomfortable with the term, an explanation might be helpful. Christian apologists are experts in a traditional subject related to explaining faith in Jesus Christ often taught as a series of college courses in Christian seminaries.
Faith in Jesus Christ requires no apology, in the way the word is used today, and that’s certainly not what Christian apologists do. Instead, the phrase comes from the Greek word apologia, which Merriam Webster defines as a defense.
“A defense especially of one’s opinions, position, or actions.”
Christian apologists are those prepared to defend and make an explanation for their faith in Jesus Christ and God. After all, it is one thing to have faith in Jesus Christ, and quite another to explain faith in Jesus in such a way that someone else can understand it.
Explaining faith in Jesus Christ and a creator God is a lot more complicated in 2017 than in the early Christian era in which the field was first pioneered. Today there are complex and systematic ideologies that compete with faith in Jesus Christ, including naturalism, atheism, and pantheism, according to Cross Examined.
There is a resurgence in interest in Christian apologists who are being forced to expand their field of knowledge beyond the traditional theological explanations of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, and into the realms of science, modern philosophies, and various ancient religions and cultures.
Christian apologist and professor at Biola University in California, J. Warner Wallace told the Tennessean, young people were leaving the church and perhaps losing their faith in Jesus Christ because few within the churches could explain faith in God and Jesus Christ in light of scientific discoveries and new societal philosophies.
“[The resurgence of Christian apologists is] a response to an increasingly secular society as well as an effort to keep young people from leaving the church. Young believers especially want to know why Christians believe what they do, and they want intellectually robust answers, too.”
While faith in God and Jesus Christ is an ancient concept, Christian apologist J. Warner Wallace says those ancient Jewish and Christian ideas put forth in the bible hold up well in light of recent scientific discoveries.
“What you’ll see is just the rise of people who are making a case for why this is true and why this worldview not only competes well with other worldviews but actually does the best job of explaining reality.”
Modern scientists may not all share the detailed theological beliefs in Jesus Christ put forth by theologians, but many cutting-edge scientists, including physicist Michio Kaku, believe that science supports the concept of a creator God, as explained by the Inquisitr.
Christian apologists will play a huge role in the 21st century, according to J. Warner Wallace. Explaining faith in Jesus Christ is more challenging today. Divisive ideas and feelings are becoming an overwhelming problem in our society. It isn’t just a matter of explaining one’s faith in Jesus Christ, but also of showing kindness that reflects the love of Jesus Christ, Wallace told the Tennessean.
“You’re going to see them grow especially as the culture moves further and further away from the teaching of Jesus. Christianity is trying to survive in the American culture, and in order to do that, it’s going to have to No. 1, be really loving, show the love of Christ. And No. 2, show the mind of Christ.”
For a Christian, being able to explain the basis of faith in Jesus Christ, with gentleness and compassion, could be crucial.
The 2017 Defending Truth Conference will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, at the New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, according to the Tennessean. The event is sponsored by NRBTV. For more information visit nrbtv.org.
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