Just recently a teen told me, “If the God of the Bible exists, I’ve never seen Him.” A dozen possible apologetic responses came to mind, but I put them all on the back burner. As important as it is to be ready with an answer for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15), I’ve come to realize that effective outreach to skeptics is probably about 80 percent relationship and 20 percent persuasive evidence.
A friend of mine remarked about the historic World Series victory by the Cubs—he said that he knew some one who didn’t like Chicago or Cleveland: they were diehard Braves fans, still grousing that Atlanta hadn’t made it to the finals. In the disciplines of philosophy and logic, pulling for the team that’s not even in the game would be called a counter-factual.
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Alex McFarland serves as Director of the Center for Apologetics and Christian Worldview, North Greenville University, located in SC (www.ngu.edu). Alex is also a nationally syndicated radio host, on air continuously since 2000. His SoundReznapologetics broadcast was nominated “Best New Show” by the NRB (Natl. Religious Broadcasters) in 2010, competing alongside shows by leaders such as James Dobson and Janet Parschal (Parschal’s show In the Market won that year, by the way). From 2011-present, Alex has hosted Exploring the Word, which airs throughout the nation Monday-Friday, “live,” on the American Family Radio network.