(Book: On Guard, by William Lane Craig. Chapter 1: “What is apologetics?”)
In this week’s installment, Dr. William Lane Craig addresses the topic, “Why Is Apologetics Important?” As I mentioned last time, apologetics is important because God’s failure to show up in real life leaves Christians without an objective basis for their faith, and therefore they have no alternative but to rely on the works of men like Dr. Craig. But that might be a bit blunt for a book intended to encourage Christians to keep believing, so he offers three other reasons instead.
- Shaping culture.
- Strengthening believers.
- Winning unbelievers.
Here’s how Dr. Craig introduces point number one:
We’ve all heard of the so-called culture war going on in American society. Some people may not like this militaristic metaphor, but the truth is that a tremendous struggle for the soul of America is raging right now… Secularists are bent on eliminating religion from the public square. The so-called New Atheists, represented by people like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens, are even more aggressive. They want to exterminate religious belief entirely.
He forgot to say add atheists are the reincarnation of Adolph Hitler, but I’m sure that was just an oversight.