Christian apologetics suffers from a reputation for loud arguments, canned answers, and a fascination with technical details.
Some Christians avoid apologetics because they are either concerned about offending people, or because they are afraid they will be unable to answer technical questions.
These concerns and fears are unnecessary. Elgin Hushbeck, Jr., unapologetic Christian apologist points the way toward a Christian witness that is positive, and is possible for everyone. In fact, Hushbeck maintains, all Christians testify to their faith, simply by bearing the name “Christian” and living. By emphasizing listening, respect, and most importantly, a realization that the fruit of our endeavors are God’s responsibility, he invites all of us to apologetics that is centered in our own testimony and in building genuine relationships.
This is a short but powerful book. It will help you approach your witness without fear or worry. Anyone can read the book quickly. It won’t give you all the answers, but it will reassure you that you don’t need all the answers. Nobody else has all the answers either. But what you can do is pursue conversations and depend on relationships within the church to help you. “I don’t know,” is a valid answer.
This is a book for every Christian, but it will be especially helpful to those who teach in the church. Have a few copies on hand, and when people ask you how they can be a witness, hand them a copy. It’s a short read, but it can change forever how each person carries out the gospel commission.