The Future of Christian Thought
If we are going to talk about building up Christian thought, we need to first ask the question “Why?” as in “Why should I believe in Christianity in the first place?” After all, if Christianity isn’t true, then we really should abandon it and figure out what is true.
Christian thought for the next generation will focus on apologetics
At its core, apologetics is about helping Christianity make sense to people on the outside. Or, another way to put it is that apologetics is about the intersection of Christianity with other worldviews.
In modern times, this has centered on answering questions that come out of philosophy of religion, such as “Is there a God?” “Where do moral values come from?” and “Why is there so much evil and suffering in the world?” These are good questions and need to be answered, but this is just the start.
Apologetics is about to expand into many new topics
People outside Christianity are asking more than just these questions, and we need to respond. Certainly, we need to ask “Is Christianity true?” but we also need to ask questions like “What is Christianity supposed to actually look like?” and “Is Christianity nothing more than going to church to hear someone talk and sing a few songs, or is it something more?”
What about questions related to how Christians interact with others? As Christians, we believe that we live a better way, right? So, what does it look like to live in a democratic country where we have the opportunity to change laws? We believe we live according to God’s standards, but how far should we try to change things to reflect those standards? Should we even try at all, or should we leave church and state completely separate?
There are a multitude of questions like this, and I am not claiming to have answers to all of them. What I am saying is that these kinds of questions are important, and we need answers. It will not do to say Jesus is the answer and then have nothing to offer people when they ask “Why?”
There is a way forward
I started a ministry called Why Should I Believe to ask and answer difficult questions like these. What we need in Christianity is an honest search for truth. We need to ask the tough questions and look for answers with open eyes and and open minds.
I would like to ask for your help in this. I am trying to raise funds to support this ministry and need people who believe in what I am trying to do. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give. Even a little bit will make a big difference.
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