Love, Faith, and Apologetics (Guinness)

Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion I very much enjoyed Os Guinness’ book, Fool’s Talk, which is an intelligent discussion on Christian apologetics.  The section where Guinness talks about love in apologetics is a good example of why I appreciate this book.  Here it is:

“…A key part of the moment of commitment [to Christ] is when a person’s seeking suddenly blossoms into knowing, knowing into trusting, and knowing and trusting into loving God and the unmistakable knowledge and experience of being loved by God.  What perhaps started out only as desire has become satisfaction.  What may have been purely theoretical has suddenly merged into living reality, and what was once only a matter of curiosity h as been transformed into love.”

“This means that we must never let apologetics become dry, for love should be the alpha and the omega of all our endeavors.  Love is the source, and the means, as well as the goal of apologetics.  If love is not the climax of the journey toward faith, Christian persuasion lacks its essential spirit and its true goal.  As apologists we are never out simply to establish an idea or to prove a theory.  We stand as witnesses to a Person who is love, and out of our own love for him we are introducing others to being known and loved by him, so that they can know and love him in their turn.  Without love, as St. Paul has told us, apologists too are noisy gongs and clanging cymbals.”

Well stated!

Os Guinness, Fool’s Talk, p. 248-9.

Shane Lems
Hammond, WI

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