Last week at Sonoma State University (CA) three “apologetics” converged like streams to a river:
1. The Free Thinkers group pressed me with questions such as “Are miracles rational?” and “Why does God never heal an amputee?”
They wanted evidence, even proof, of God—“classic” apologetics.
2. The InterVarsity group provided me with a different kind of proof of God’s presence: the embodied apologetic of love and hospitality.
Rationalists, don’t sneer. These days the best argument for the truth of Christianity on college campuses is the Holy Spirit supernaturalizing the community of faith.
3. My GLBT seminar. The current generation’s first impulse is to include, not exclude. What does this mean regarding gays and lesbians? Hopefully, I helped 25 young leaders think it through.
Stream #1 above represents modernism. It’s what I grew up on.
Streams 2 and 3 are more postmodern approaches to apologetics. They’re about relationships, power and political agendas.
Think of your church. Which kind of apologetic does it offer? Which is needed?
I invite your comments.