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18-10-2012, 11:08 AM
52 Tips for Apologists
Apologists really have a lot of work cut out for them to follow all 52 of these points.

http://www.apologetics315.com/2012/10/52....html#more

1. Be first a person of prayer with a goal to know the Lord.
2. Be a continual reader.
3. Know both sides of the issues.
4. Listen to as many good lectures as possible.
5. Listen to every debate you can get your hands on.
6. Learn from the best debaters.
7. Learn from the worst debaters. (what not to do)
8. Find a mentor if you can.
9. Apologetics is not a boxing match; it’s walking along side another in dialogue.
10. You’re not in it to win arguments; you are in it to win people.
11. Be mindful of your spiritual life above your apologetics studies.
12. Allow your apologetics studies to be worship unto the Lord.
13. Your wife doesn’t want to hear about your online debates.
14. Don’t talk about apologetics at the dinner table, unless you are with apologetics buddies.
15. Find like-minded friends to fellowship with and reflect on apologetic issues.
16. Get input and feedback from other apologists and mature Christian peers.
17. Pray for the people you are interacting with. If you don’t pray for them, what do you expect to accomplish?
18. Never respond to blog comments in an emotional state. Cool off first and pray.
19. Remember, you don’t have to win the whole world.
20. Study how Jesus interacted and communicated with people.
21. Remember that you have the truth.
22. Pray all the time.
23. Spend time with your family.
24. Enjoy worship at your church.
25. Get away from the apologetics stuff for a while regularly.
26. Avoid taking extreme views and ignoring other options.
27. Study logic and critical thinking; it will help you more than you can imagine.
28. Get into public speaking and learn communication skills. And learn to spell.
29. Always seek first to win the person.
30. You don’t have to respond to every possible objection.
31. Study theology alongside or before you get into apologetics.
32. Study and understand different apologetic methodologies and don’t defend your method to the death.
33. Read Pascal’s Pensées.
34. Read stuff that challenges you to think hard.
35. Be humble; you know so little.
36. Draw from the expertise of others.
37. Specialize if you can.
38. Understand the spiritual condition of those you are interacting with.
39. Understand the psychological reasons people have for holding their views.
40. Admit it when you are wrong.
41. Realize that there is no end to the subject; get in it for the long haul.
42. Don’t rush your studies.
43. Don’t be a hypocrite. Stay pure.
44. Poor character will destroy your apologetics.
45. An apologist is ultimately an evangelist; so first know how to share the Gospel well.
46. In evangelism, start with the Gospel and use apologetics only if the need arises.
47. Realize that not everyone at your church is going to be as excited about apologetics as you are.
48. Apologetics is about loving people; remove the love from your apologetic and you fail.
49. You don’t have to know every answer, just where to go to get the answers.
50. Apologetics can bolster faith and dispel doubt, but it cannot bend the will.
51. The results are up to the Lord.
52. At the end of the day, are you walking with Jesus?

What would you add?

It looks like #13 was directed at Kingsy. Tongue

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18-10-2012, 11:17 AM
RE: 52 Tips for Apologists
Heh, sometimes she does... other times she's just like, "I have no idea what you're talking about. Jersey Shore is coming on after Teen Mom. You're watching it with me, right?"

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18-10-2012, 11:28 AM
RE: 52 Tips for Apologists
I would suggest they change #6 from "best" to "master". Thumbsup

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18-10-2012, 11:30 AM
RE: 52 Tips for Apologists
Doesn't #27 make the rest moot?

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18-10-2012, 11:56 AM
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(18-10-2012 11:30 AM)Cardinal Smurf Wrote:  Doesn't #27 make the rest moot?

It should be number 1 with no other tips needed.
But then they wouldn't be apologists any longer. Drinking Beverage

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18-10-2012, 11:57 AM
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(18-10-2012 11:56 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  
(18-10-2012 11:30 AM)Cardinal Smurf Wrote:  Doesn't #27 make the rest moot?

It should be number 1 with no other tips needed.
But then they wouldn't be apologists any longer. Drinking Beverage

Problem solved! Big Grin

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18-10-2012, 11:57 AM (This post was last modified: 18-10-2012 12:20 PM by Vosur.)
RE: 52 Tips for Apologists
#21 is the exact reason why debates with apologetics are mostly a waste of time. Drinking Beverage

WLC, for example, once said that "[...] if the bones of Jesus were to be found, then he did not rise and Christianity would be false; but given the Spirit's witness we will never be justified in thinking that any bones discovered were those of Jesus." [sic] He and several other (Christian) apologetics are intellectually dishonest, because their beliefs influence their search for the truth. Many of them believe that they have already found the absolute truth (god) and that there's nothing you can say that will change their mind.

Let me see if I can find Hitchens' comment on truth. [Edit: Found it!]



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18-10-2012, 12:09 PM
RE: 52 Tips for Apologists
So, what happens with #35? In one ear (eye?) out the other? I can't name a time when I've seen this one practiced.

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18-10-2012, 12:19 PM
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(18-10-2012 12:09 PM)Cardinal Smurf Wrote:  So, what happens with #35? In one ear (eye?) out the other? I can't name a time when I've seen this one practiced.

*cough*

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18-10-2012, 12:26 PM
RE: 52 Tips for Apologists
Quote:24. Enjoy worship at your church.

Shouldnt that joy come from within you and not because someone or the bible itself told you to do so?

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