Apologetics (n.): reasoned arguments defending a theory or belief.
Living in a world that wants to debate the power of argument and argue over the rules of debate, I find myself retreating in self-defense.
It isn’t that I’m afraid to make a stand, nor that I lack evidence of a personal nature on what I hold dear. It’s just that when I am limited to the power of mere articulation, I lose the majority of the beauty of my human emotion and faith.
We are not better people when we are convincing. For after all, Adolph Hitler was able to make a case for his Super Race.
What makes us viable and appealing is the stream of evidence which oozes from our pores as the proof of what lies within.
So a politician who is jaded and angry off-camera fails to convince me of his or her sincerity.
A corporation which revels in its slick advertising, capturing a market, is not nearly as appealing to me as one which takes responsibility for inferior products and sets in motion the research to improve.
And the religionist who mocks the simplicity of a child-like faith in favor of a theology with so many twists and turns that it produces a pretzel logic is not the mind of God to my weary ears.
Here’s what I want to know:
- Can you tell me the truth?
- Is it working for you?
- What can you share with me that confirms that assertion?
Many centuries ago, a blind man who was healed by an itinerant preacher was mocked by the intellectuals of his day because the so-called miracle didn’t make any sense nor follow any acceptable form of religious practice.
His response was precious.
He said, “I don’t know about all your opinions and learned ways. All I know is that once I was blind, but now I see.”
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