In this episode I talked with Carlton Wynne, assistant professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, about what it means to teach the Bible apologetically.*
Underneath the watchful eye and influence of the renowned apologist Cornelius Van Til, Wynne challenges the notion of apologetics as a debate between two PhDs. He suggests we are always doing apologetics whenever we teach the Bible, if we challenge the world’s messages and urge our hearers to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). Calling Adam an apologist based on his mandate to “work and keep” the Garden of Eden—guarding it from anything unclean—Wynne suggests we are still called to the work of confronting what is opposed to the holiness and sovereignty of God.
Resources recommended by Wynne in this episode:
- The Battle Belongs to the Lord: The Power of Scripture for Defending Our Faith by Scott Oliphint
- Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion by William Edgar
- Covenantal Apologetics Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith by Scott Oliphint
- Van Til’s Apologetic: Readings and Analysis by Greg L. Bahnsen
- Why I Believe in God by Cornelius Van Til
- The Defense of the Faith by Cornelius Van Til
- Apologetics to the Glory of God by John Frame
*An “apologetic” is reasoned defense of the faith. To teach “apologetically” does not mean to apologize for the Christian faith, but to defend it.
You can listen to the episode here.