The purpose of this essay is to explore the contributions apologetics can make to the evangelistic task by examining in detail the role the mind plays in conversion. The first section of the essay is concerned with understanding the nature of the gospel message as shared in an evangelistic encounter. The positive response of saving faith and belief, and its counterpart, the negative response of unbelief, are explored in detail. Of particular significance here is the question of whether or not in a gospel encounter a response of unbelief (i.e., “I don’t believe in heaven, the Bible,” etc.) is primarily intellectual, volitional, both, or something else. The second part of the essay focuses on how the role of the mind should be factored into developing personal evangelistic strategies. The importance of apologetics is argued for, along with the value of and limitations inherent in the defense of the faith. Some thoughts on effectively evangelizing the so-called postmodern generation conclude the essay.
Greenway, A. W. (2010). When Euangelion Met Apologia: An Examination of the Mind’s Role in Conversion and the Value of Apologetics in Evangelism. Great Commission Research Journal, 2(1), 62-75. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol2/iss1/7