3 Reasons We Need More Women in Apologetics

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.

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Child-Rearing

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.

Conclusion

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.


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7 Replies to “3 Reasons We Need More Women in Apologetics”

  1. Excellent reasons! Also to be able to answer her husband and friends questions . Happens to me all the time .

  2. A good Christian friend of mine recently posted a negative view of apologetics, citing a recent debate he watched, saying that it was just a big debate to see who is smarter, and if that’s all apologetics is, then why do we need it?

    I was crushed since I have so recently gotten into apologetics.

    But this post gives me so much hope that it isn’t a vain pursuit, and I can’t help but intuitively agree with Ms. Quintana and your points regarding how our apologetics need to be relational because we’re trying to win a person not an argument.

    I remember my pastor once saying something to the effect that we have to learn how to love our non-believing circle of influence better, because it’s so easy to slip into enmity when these differences in beliefs and values come up. He concluded by saying “They are not our enemy. They’re our prize!”

    1. Sounds like you have a great pastor, thanks for sharing this!

    2. The Bible in 1Peter 3;15 tells us to have a reason to defend our faith. If a person asks you with a quest to know answer, if they want to entangle your heart in endless debates, leave it. You might offend your heart and at times we don’t have all the answers.

  3. This topic fascinates me.
    I had a “Preaching with Imagination Class” in Seminary that was taught by a woman. This is at a Seminary who affilates themselves as Baptist and is known for having John Piper on staff at one point, which is wild, in its self. But, what I gained from this preaching class was insight from a woman preacher.

    Women want to connect and relate. I began to understand preaching differently through communicators like Joyce Meyer and Beth Moore, etc. Joyce relates to herself a lot, you learn from men in preaching class not to do that. Beth will stand inches from someone’s face in eye contact while many men are hooked on being immersed in the text and do not focus on the relating much at all.

    Both approaches are needed, but we don’t learn the part that women are naturally good at. Many times only the work world, or the PTA benefits from women teaching because of our theological barriers in this issue.

    Anyway great post. I look forward to hearing more.

  4. Amen! I used to have an old fashioned approach to women in ministry, now I see that we live in such a time when the more people sharing God’s love and truth the better. A testimony changed my perspective greatly. To put it shortly, a poor African tribe had never heard of Jesus, the only one who responded to the call was a woman on fire for God. She started a church right there in the garbage dump where they lived and from there many gave their lives to Jesus and money was raised to build a care facility for the children. Amen! God simply calls who is willing, male or female.

  5. This post has re-opened my heart and mind to Apologetics. It has been an area that always scared me, in a sense.

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