If believers cannot give nonbelievers reliable answers about Christianity, then where will they turn? I would venture to say that most nonbelievers don’t talk about religion with believers, not because emotions become intense, but because irrational responses or dismissive attitudes are given by believers! Put differently, if believers offered rational, loving, and thoughtful responses when engaged, then “religion and politics” would cease to be the forbidden fruit of discussions (and it may develop an ethos where politics can be discussed with civility!).
From my essay “Why Apologetics is Important to Your Church”.
The 2012 Smart Faith Conference begins June 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM.