by Kaitlyn Brewer
The first apologetics book I can remember reading is The Case For a Creator by Lee Strobel.
Nothing wrong with that. Strobel is a good writer, and since I was only eleven at the time, I wasn’t exactly ready for Blaise Pascal. I wasn’t even old enough to get my own library card, but I wanted something substantial. Some sort of truth that goes beyond Noah’s Ark.
And I found it with Lee Strobel.
If you haven’t read The Case For a Creator, Strobel interviews prominent Christian scientists and asks them to address popular arguments for evolution. It’s a pretty high-level overview, and Strobel’s journalism instinct to write things concisely is what makes the book shine.
But the thing that really stood out to me about the book was Strobel’s description of his high school biology class. Strobel says in The Case For a Creator that when his teacher talked about the common arguments for evolution, he was hooked. That biology class strengthened the then-atheist Strobel’s doubt.
Naturally, as I read the book, my 11-year-old self started to wonder what my high-school biology class would look like. I was reading the book a few years after it was published, so I imagined there would be even more evidence being taught in classrooms.
Over time, I read more and more apologetics books – especially about the Intelligent Design movement. I wanted to make sure when I learned about evolution, I would be ready.
It also helped that I went to a church that supported learning about those sorts of things. My youth pastor would find ways to incorporate apologetics into his lessons, which piqued my curiosity even further.
Finally, when the evolution unit of biology class came around, I was excited. I carried two pens on me: black, for the regular class notes; and red, for all of the problems with what I was learning. I was ready to answer what I knew, and research what I didn’t.
Turns out, I was overprepared. Because my teacher recycled the same tired arguments Strobel addressed in The Case For a Creator. I actually remember being a bit disappointed. Archaeopteryx? Really? All this time, and they didn’t bother to come up with something better? Maybe the curriculum was a lot less intense in Manitoba, Canada, but it wasn’t the faith-shaker it was supposed to be.
My point in telling this story is that we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about evolution. If it’s in your child’s curriculum, that doesn’t mean you automatically need to start homeschooling. Let’s teach our youth to think more critically, and to check out the hundreds of fantastic apologetics resources out there. That way they’ll want to talk about transition fossils, and genetics, and animal behaviour. Not because their faith is shaken, but because it’s strengthened, knowing we Creationists have far more evidence on our side than Darwin and his finches.
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