I recently interviewed Lisa Quintana on my podcast. Lisa is a Christian apologist who works with an organization called Women in Apologetics. During our discussion Lisa listed three reasons that we need more women in apologetics.
A Different Approach
The Bible says that God created male and female in His image. The different sexes compliment each other, one needs the other.
It also isn’t hard to see that male and female, though they share a common nature, have their own unique nature. There is something particular about masculinity, as well as, femininity. What makes us different should be celebrated and valued.
Lisa pointed out to me that, generally speaking, women tend to be more grace-oriented and relationship-driven in their approach to apologetics, where as men tend towards the abstract in their approach to apologetics. I thought this was a fair assessment, on average.
Men have something to learn in this regard. If the aim of apologetics isn’t to win an argument, but to win a person (and it is), then men should learn to be more relational in their approach. Undoubtedly, being familiar with the more abstract concepts and arguments is important, but ultimately we seek to win a person, and this is best done by loving them. Our sisters in Christ, by way of their very nature, have much to teach us in this regard.
Secondly, Lisa pointed out to me that, on average, women are usually the primary care-giver of children. She gave a good example of what she meant.
Let’s say a mother picks up her son from soccer practice and her son says, “Johnny said believing in God is no different than believing in a flying spaghetti monster.” If a mother is trained in apologetics she will be able to adequately answer her child right then and there.
Throughout the 18 years (or more) of child-rearing, a mother could have countless opportunities to prepare her children for dealing with a lifetime of objections to their faith. We all know the haunting statistics. Something like 70% of teens walk away from their faith upon entering college. The role of mothers in waging war against this statistic cannot be over emphasized.
Reaching Muslim Women
One last reason Lisa gave to me was that of reaching Muslim women with the Gospel. Lisa informed me that there are some sects of Islam in which women are not allowed to speak to men other than their husband. Obviously, this would remove the opportunity for any Christian man to share the gospel with a Muslim woman.
No worries, if there are plenty of women trained to know why Islam is false and Christianity is true, they will be well equipped to share the Gospel with our Muslim friends who live in a more rigid sect than others.
The role of women in apologetics cannot be overstated. We need more women in apologetics. We need more men in apologetics who will stand along side our sisters in Christ and “share the platform”, encourage, and lift up. Not because they need us, but because together we can accomplish much more for the glory of God. Apologetics needs women.