I am currently reading a book by Kenneth Boa called Faith Has Its Reasons. It begins with an overview of some of the prominent apologists throughout history and the apologetic methods that they utilized.
Classical apologists stress rational proofs for the existence of God. Evidentialists defend Christianity from an empirical evidence approach. Reformed apologists refute objections to Christianity from an authoritative approach which stresses the presuppositions established in the Scriptures alone. The Fideistic apologist stresses persuasion and the religious experience.
All of these methods have their benefits and can be used to help lead one to faith. But I came across one method that has been called the Ultimate Apologetic. It comes from William Lane Craig’s apologetic book called Reasonable Faith. In the conclusion of his book, Craig introduces the Ultimate Apologetic which will win more people to Christ than any other.
The Ultimate Apologetic is to “show our love for God and our love for one another. This then is the ultimate apologetic. For the ultimate apologetic is : your life.”
Wow! We can try to convince, persuade or defend all we want to but if at the end of the debate we have failed to exhibit love then it has all been in vain. Our lives are our apologetic!!