Apologetics and other failed evangelism tactics

Sarahbeth Caplin

unnamedThinking back to my college ministry days, I was so trained in using apologetics and clever arguments in my efforts to “win” people over to Jesus. It was like memorizing lines for a play: you learn your cue (“How can God be ‘good’ when there’s so much evil in the world?”), and recite your line (“Because free will, that’s why”). I portrayed myself as having all the answers, but if the conversation went much deeper, I’d find myself in serious trouble.

I strategically planned my memoir workshop class just when I finished the first draft of my next book. I turned in about twenty pages for critique last week, and of all the things I expected my classmates to find interesting, I didn’t think it would be my reasons for being attracted to Jesus in the first place: “The God of the Old Testament seemed distant and intimidating. I was…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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