Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Role of Beauty in Christian Apologetics

In an article I wrote for the Charles Colson Center, I pointed out that Christian apologetics must not be merely intellectual – concerned with the Big Questions of the universe and its origins. We must also engage in what a friend of mine has called “cultural apologetics”, working to transform the rhythms and practices of our culture – including the culture of our Christian communities - to reflect the beauty and desirability of Christ.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once noted, “In vain does one repeat what the heart does not find sweet.” It is not good enough simply to prove to someone that Christianity is true; if we are to have an impact for Christ we must also show that the faith is sweet. One of the ways we can do this is through cultural expressions that embody that sweetness, which show that Christianity is not only true, but lovely and desirable.

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