I have been learning quite a bit since I started with Os Guinesses lecture ‘Apology for Apologetics’. It seemed like the way to share one’s faith with those who were thinkers but not neccessarily believers.
Eventually I got into Mr. Sola Scriptura (Gordon H. Clark), Calvin’s Institutes and a bitty bit of Martin Luther. It was fun. They were all so into this Sola Scriptura idea. I completely bought into it.
You know, how you know, that you know, that something just does not seem right. Sort of like you are a dogmatic scripturalist and you cannot think why everyone is being so hateful towards you. Like you are doing something wrong. The whole idea was cold and philosophical, and intellectual and yes…dry. Now being a guy who loves the metaphysical/mystical side to stuff, I found that there was this whole anti-mysticism deal that really came out strong in Calvin, and Luther, and BB Warfield. I was puzzled, why not spiritually exciting stuff, after all this was Jesus Christ, the most charasmatic individual to ever set feet on this planet, why must he be so boring.
Then one day I began reading Michael Sudduth (Dr to you) and his work was astounding, he set me free from Clark and for the first time I began to really enjoy reading my Bible. It was not longer an object of worship, it was the book that taught me about the One who we worship. Jesus. It was fantastic!
Simultaneously, I had been reading the Old Testament, something I had avoided for most of my life. Being strictly a NT reader. That old war hungry God really frightened me, so eventually after being up to my neck in the blood sacrifices of Deuteronomy, I found that for the first time I was in love with the God of the Old Testament. He was frightening but He was also incredibly faithful and loyal and jealous and what a joy.
I guess if you are going to be apologetics, you really need to know God, and not just in theological terms but in personal terms though the Gospel of His Son. It is not that I do not enjoy reading books. I simply love reading them, but when you are studying the whole Bible, it is just your appetite enlarges to enjoy God and when you discover He is only to be found 100% - other books are certainly in gradients of %'s but essentially the ‘uniquely inspired manuscripts’ are what is the best to read. The older the better.
Learning Hebrew, and planning to get more of a grip on Greek, learing amo, amas, amat, again…and maybe some French and German is bound to help me. But for now I am still ‘informed to a lesser degree’ and would love to know what your experience in Apologetics has been like, call this getting my feet wet.
ps. I also love Dr Francis Schaeffer, and C.S Lewis, but more his fantasy stuff…hehehe