[quote=TPJCatholic]Since this is the place to discuss apologetics, I thought it would also be an appropriate place to ask that question. Through apologetics, are we learning to arm ourselves for a battle that will only lead to more people walking away from the faith, or will more people feel compelled to come into the Church?
Are we harming the faith through apologetics?
Are we? No.
Apologetics is a neutral thing. It is the knowlege and ability to explain and defend what we believe against assertions and allegations that are often totally wrong.
Every Catholic should know why he believes what he believes (IMO) and it is virtually a necessity since every day we encounter those who have “studied up” on their anti-Catholic rhetoric with the stated purpose being to “lead us to Christ” and away from "the cult of Romanism and the whore of Babylon).
How are we turning people away from the faith I ask you?
I have not seen it…in fact I have found that (by God’s grace and the influence of the Holy Spirit) God has used me to win some folks to His church who were indeed heavily a-C.
Futhermore, I know that it was apologetics that caused me to return to the faith after wasting many long years outside it.
The NT plainly tells us in 2nd Timothy 2:15 Carefully study to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
My dear brothers and sisters if you think that those who vehemently deride our most holy faith on this forum are intensely interested in undermining the faith of you, your family, and friends, then you have only seen the tip of the iceberg. There are far more of them…
Apologetics, done prayerfully and charitably, does not drive anyone away from the church.
As for those of us who seem to find ourselves regularly “in the trenches”, and the burnout that some feel. One must understand that we are not alone and that we do not have to answer or engage every attack. There are plenty of us and more in training who are here among us even now. Choose your battles brothers and sisters…as the Holy Spirit leads you.