Do Apologetics Help or Hurt our Christian Witness?
Air Date March 8, 2014
Do apologetics make Christians into argumentative adversaries and actually hurt our Christian witness? Some Christian leaders are making this charge—while others argue we need apologetics now more than ever. This Saturday on Up For Debate
, Julie Roys explores the pros and cons of apologetics with author and professor David Fitch, who’s critical of apologetics—and Nancy Pearcey, author and professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University. Don’t miss the interaction this Saturday at 8 a.m. on Up For Debate
David Fitch is the pastor at Peace of Christ Church in Westmont, IL. He is also the B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. Dr. Fitch is the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community- a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the Christian & Missionary Alliance linked to Life on the Vine. He writes, speaks and lectures on issues the local church must face in Mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology. He has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and conferences. Dr. Fitch is the author of books and numerous articles in periodicals such as Christianity Today, The Other Journal, Missiology as well as various academic journals.
Nancy Pearcey is the director of the Francis Schaeffer Center at Houston Baptist University, where she is also professor and scholar in residence. A former agnostic, she studied Christian worldview at L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland with Francis Schaeffer, and was later named the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute in New York City. She earned a masters degree from Covenant Theological Seminary, and pursued further graduate work in the History of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. Pearcey has been a commentator on Public Square Radio, the founding editor of the daily radio program "BreakPoint," and has appeared on NPR and C-SPAN. Currently she is a fellow at the Discovery Institute and editor-at-large of The Pearcey Report. She coauthored a column in Christianity Today, and has authored or contributed to several books, including "The Soul of Science" and "How Now Shall We Live?" (with Charles Colson, contributions by Harold Fickett), and the bestselling "Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity", which won the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best book of the year on Christianity & Society. She wrote her latest book, "Saving Leonardo", while serving as research professor of Worldview Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University.
Julie Roys has become a trusted voice of biblical wisdom on Moody Radio, earning an audience through her weekly commentaries and appearances on The Morning Ride. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a newswriter for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.
Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.