So I thought I'd drop this here
. I put a rare all-text post in the vlog, laying out an argument I intend to develop in a conference paper or journal article over the next year or two. I think at least some folks who compete in apologetics might find it thought-provoking. Comment if you like, and if your insight shakes up my thinking in a really productive way, I'll put you in the acknowledgments when and if it sees print.
This is absolutely fantastic! Apologetics in a postmodern world is inevitably doomed to fail if it is viewed as a primary component of our Christian witness. It has the most value for the individual insofar as it enables them to think rigorously and shapes them as an person. It is also important in providing an account for why our faith is warranted. However, I've become convinced that the strongest Christian apologetic in a postmodern world is unquestionably relational. Since our time could be characterized by a fundamental incredulity towards metanarratives, there is only a marginal gain to be had in trying to assert them in an intellectual climate where they are a foreign concept. Instead, of trying to demonstrate with certainty our mutually exclusive Christian metanarrative, we should simply invite others to join our narrative/community. Understanding of the full philosophical/theological significance of that comes later. Christians must stop striving to reason people into the kingdom, and instead fulfill the fundamental Christian calling to love of God and love of neighbor. This is an entirely relational calling. Only when this is realized will Christianity have displayed itself as a narrative worth joining....
Footnote: to give credit where credit is due: the above content has been heavily shaped by Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Anselm, Pascal, Chesterton, and Lewis. The ideas really aren't my own.