Literature and Apologetics

This past semester I had the opportunity to teach Apologetics. For the last two weeks of class, I focused on using literature for apologetic means. The motivating idea (influenced by C. S. Lewis, James Sire, and Holly Ordway) behind the lesson is that often times, objections to Christianity are not just intellectual, but emotional, experiential, etc. However, the wealth of apologetic resources that we have available today primarily deal with the rational aspect of humanity–intellectual objections to Christianity. Modern apologetics, though valuable and needed, only deals with one aspect of the human condition. When we seek to reach unbelievers, we need to have at our fingertips a more holistic approach.

Though literature alone is insufficient as an apologetic method, it can be a valuable tool to help make important apologetical issues reach the heart of the unbeliever–the unbeliever’s emotions, feelings, desires, etc. In doing so, literature helps to drive home the truths of Christianity.  To help illustrate what I’m referring to, my student, Paige Murrell made the following video for a class project:

If we seek to take seriously apologetics, then we need to address all objections brought by the unbeliever, whether they be intellectual, emotional, or experiential. As such, strive to broaden your apologetic repertoire–sometimes, a novel, a song, or other artwork may help to address an objection the unbeliever has to Christianity.

This post is intended to be an introduction of sorts to the idea of broadening your apologetic approach. I plan to write more on this later. In the meantime, check out the following resources that call for a more robust apologetical approach:

I encourage you to check out Paige’s work at She is a talented artist; you will not be disappointed!

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