10 Pitfalls of the Foolish Apologist

Scott Smith —  January 6, 2012 — 1 Comment

“A Christian ambassador desires to be tactful, persuasive, sensitive, and thoughtful. Being a good apologist and being able to give good reasons for the truth of the Christian view takes prayer, patience, study, and persistence. For those who have made it their goal to become good defenders of the faith, there are certain positive disciplines and character traits that one would do well to develop. These help you become a wise apologist.

But on the other hand, there are certain pitfalls that can appear that, when left unchecked, can become character traits and make you a foolish apologist.”

So begins Brian Auten of Apologetics 315 in his excellent post on the dangers the apologist must take care to avoid. (I know because at some time or another, I have done almost all of them.)

Just a few teasers:

  • The foolish apologist speaks before listening
  • The foolish apologist overstates his argument
  • The foolish apologist is proud of himself

To find out what the other seven are, and to read Brian’s admonitions, biblical support, and corrective suggestions, you really ought to read his entire post at his blog, Apologetics 315.

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Scott Smith is a lifelong Christian and an active member of his church. He enjoys blogging and teaching on Christian theology and defense as well as engaging skeptics in debate regarding Christian truth claims. Scott is a co-founder of Etcetera as well as TC Apologetics, and in his spare time he runs his own 3D design company.
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