Today we continue chapter two of Read Along with Apologetics315, a weekly chapter-by-chapter study through Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Christianity by Douglas Groothuis. Each week’s post will provide a brief summary of the chapter, an audio introduction to the chapter by the author, as well as a PDF study guide suitable for printing and using for personal or group study. The audio is also available in a podcast feed for easier weekly listening. Here’s everything you need this week:
Chapter Two: The Biblical Basis for Apologetics (pages 23-44)
This chapter outlines the scriptural basis for apologetics. The author defines apologetics, shows its relationship with philosophy and theology, and its connection to evangelism. From this foundation, Groothuis explores scriptural references and examples of apologetics being used. These examples include Jesus and Paul, among others.
This chapter also stresses the importance of the character of the Christian apologist, emphasizing prayer, humility, and courage. Finally, the context of Christian dialogue is examined.
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. The cure for this is first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect. Next make it attractive, make good men wish it were true, and then show that it is. Worthy of reverence because it really understands human nature. Attractive because it promises true good. (Pascal’s Pensées, 12/187)
- How does the author define an apologist?
- What role do you see apologetics playing in evangelism?
- What role should prayer and humility play in doing apologetics?
Chapter Three: Apologetic Method