*Posted by Winston Hottman
Dr. Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Church in Manhattan, New York, argues that it is. He suggests that Christians must navigate between the extremes of an “exclusively rationalistic apologetic” and an “exclusively subjectivist apologetic” in explaining the reasons for believing the Gospel:
It would indeed be overly rationalistic to say that we can prove Christianity so that any rational person would have to believe it. In fact, this approach dishonors the sovereignty of God by bowing to our autonomous human reason. Community and worship are important, because people come to conviction through a combination of heart and mind, a sense of need, thinking things out intellectually, and seeing it in community. But I have also seen many skeptics brought into a warm Christian community and still ask, “But why should I believe you and not an atheist or a Muslim?”
We need to be careful of saying, “Just believe,” because what we’re really saying is, “Believe because I say so.” That sounds like a Nietzschean power play. That’s very different from Paul, who reasoned, argued, and proved in the Book of Acts, and from Peter, who called us to give the reason for our hope in 1 Peter 3:15.* If our response is, “Our beliefs may seem utterly irrational to you, but if you see how much we love one another then you’ll want to believe too,” then we’ll sound like a cult. So we do need to do apologetics and answer the why question.
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*The scripture reference in the original piece is 2 Peter 3:15, which is not the correct reference.