Friday, September 3, 2010
The Apologetics Study Bible
The subtitle to this book strikes me as supremely ironic. This study Bible cannot help anyone to understand why they believe. If they believe because of the information and arguments in this book, then they must already understand them. If they don’t already understand them, then they must have some other reason for believing which this book does not address. The reasons for believing must be antecedent to the beliefs.
This is the logical flaw in all Christian apologetics. Apologists purport to describe the reasons for belief but they can't because the beliefs come before the reasons. A better subtitle might be Understand Why You Would Like to Think that You Believe. Or perhaps Understand Why You Would Like Others to Think that You Believe.