As many readers of this blog will know, apologetics is the art of defending and justifying a specific point of view. Clearly then one can be an apologist for a great many things for there are obviously many points of views, including religious faith and Christianity in particular.
Having read notable philosopher William Lane Craig’s engagement with the intellectual evolution of Christian apologetics in his helpful work Reasonable Faith (3rd ed.), one tends to discover a far greater depth to the Christian apologetics enterprise and its historical development than initially perceived. As seen, much of apologetics and its development owes itself to the Enlightenment in which religious beliefs and “superstitions” were being challenged and rejected within society with a great deal more openness than ever before.
The period of roughly 30 years between Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) and Pierre Bayle (1695) has been said to be the golden age of classical…
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