Where has Christian apologetics gone wrong? Unlike every work on Christian apologetics that has come before, How to Defend the Christian Faith by Loftus is the first book written by an atheist for Christians. Loftus tells would-be apologists how to train properly, where to study, what to study, what issues they should concern themselves with, and how poorly the professors who currently train them practice their craft. In the process, he shows readers why Christian apologists have failed to reach the intelligent nonbeliever.
The text for this class is the book, How To Defend the Christian Faith: Advice From an Atheist. It offers advice to Christian apologists on how to do apologetics correctly. The main argument is that if apologists did apologetics correctly they wouldn't do it at all, for not even the most educated or intelligent apologist can defend the indefensible. It’s probably the first book like this ever been written before, especially by someone who was trained as an apologist. It's like a tell-all book on how apologists operate!
In this class students will learn how to be better Christian apologists than Christian apologists themselves. They will first learn the serious challenges to Christianity that apologists must effectively deal. Then they will learn how to best train to be an apologists by becoming life-lobg seekers of the truth and get a good education. These two steps are hardly ever done by Christian apologists. Students will also learn what method is best for doing apologetics, and how to know which religion is true if there is one. Again, Christian apologists don’t do these important preliminary things.
Students will see from the best of the best Christian apologists how to defend the Christian faith and why these efforts have failed so far, sometimes miserably. They will learn to understand that to do apologetics correctly—according to what the best and brightest apologists have done to defend Christianity—means Christianity cannot be defended at all.
- Teacher: John Loftus