On rare occasion a first-year student will bring to college an ability to articulate a basic “apologetic” for Christianity.
This is helpful not only for maintaining faith in a challenging collegiate environment, but for sharing faith with others, perhaps along these lines:
1) Origins: Why Christianity, not atheism, provides the best explanation for the origin of the universe and human life.
2) Gospels: Why the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life can be trusted.
3) Religious Pluralism: Why multiple religions cannot all be true in the same respect.
How to actually train kids in apologetics?
I have some practical ideas that I’ll share some other time.
And when they arrive on campus for the first time, hand them off to a campus ministry such as Chi Alpha, Cru, Campus Outreach, the Navigators or InterVarsity.
We can take it from there.
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Starter books in apologetics:
- Letters from a Skeptic by Greg Boyd
- Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Kreeft and Tacelli
- Faith is Like Skydiving (my book)
All available on Amazon.com.