Do Lutherans Do Apologetics?
I was speaking recently to Professor Adam Francisco, of Concordia Theological Seminary, and he had a number of very perceptive remarks to share about Lutherans and our, frankly, disconcerting tendency not to attend to apologetics and a vigorous interaction with our culture. We need to do so in a manner that is not rude, but yet assertive. He just pointed me to some excellent thoughtful articles that I’ll be sharing with you here in the next several days. First up: Do Lutherans Do Apologetics? by Korey Maas. It was published in the most recent issue of For the Life of the World, the magazine produced by Concordia Theological Seminary. I highly recommend it. Here is a quote from the article:
The modern apologist says merely that if there are certain objections to the faith that can be addressed by reasonable appeals to evidence-or certain foundational facts that can be similarly established-then by all means, when speaking to the rational unbeliever, make every possible use of reason and evidence. By all means, tear down the intellectual barriers the skeptic has constructed to “protect” himself from a confrontation with the Gospel. No, doing so will not argue anyone into faith. But by means of reasonable and persuasive argument, as by means of the Law, “every mouth may be silenced” (Romans 3:19). And with mouths closed, perhaps way is made for ears to be opened.