The art of apologetics often means one’s ability to confirm the truth of the faith against the opinions of non-believers. At times, apologetics can also spill over into a whole system—one worldview against all else. And when this happens, those inclined to apologetics often work hard to show why physics, biology, philosophy, and more besides fails or falls into idolatry.
So then any study of these fields becomes a sort of game of finding the problem, discovering idolatry, showing where it is wrong. While perhaps unintended, the apologist makes the entire field seem bad, twisted. There is nothing useful in biology or physics or philosophy since it is idolatrous. The only thing worth pursuing is the view of the apologist!
The effect is to make these fields of study seem dark, boring, and not worth our time. This, I think, is entirely wrong. [Read more…] about The Apologetics Trap: Or Why Showing Why Everything Is Bad Makes Life Boring