I have really gotten into apologetics books lately, in case you are not familiar with them, apologetics is the defense of something, in this case the defense of the Christan faith. You might have heard of Lee Strobel. he wrote a book called The Case For Christ. He was an atheist journalist who was studying the Bible and it’s historical claims with the goal of proving them wrong. In the process, he was converted! (If that story sounds familiar to you, it may be because it is also the story of C.S. Lewis.)
In this article Strobel says that even though skepticism is on the rise, it presents a great opportunity for evangelism because more than ever before Christan are becoming interested in learning to defend their faith. Also, the rise in skepticism has made for a rise in formal debates between Christan apologists and apologists for other faiths and well as debates with skeptics.
I have never read Lee Strobel’s book, but I heard him speak at C3 conference at Fellowship Church in Dallas, TX this February. I was really intrigued by a type of group he is involved with at Willow Creek Church, called Spiritual Discovery Groups. These are basically small groups for skeptics (agnostics/atheists) that attend the church. The groups are described as a safe place to express doubt and struggle with questions of God’s existence. Strobel reported that in these groups they experience and 80% (!!!!!!) conversion rate. Wow!
What do you think about the spiritual discovery groups Strobel talked about? Do you have any friends who would attend one? Do you ever read apologetics books? If so, let me know which ones you like so I can check them out.