Jerry Johnston Interviews Gary Habermas on Teaching Apologetics in the Church06 October 2016
Modern society teaches that truth is plural. Too often, the church has bought this lie and ceded theological ground on basic Christian doctrines. To regain vitality, the church must regain her grasp on the three basic doctrines of Jesus Christ, “deity, death, and the resurrection”, according Dr. Gary Habermas. In a quiet room away from the bustle of the Premier Christian Radio conference, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Gary Habermas for our upcoming documentary. Habermas is the Distinguished Research Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy at Liberty University. Dr. Habermas told Cristie Jo and I,
“We have a generation, according to stats, that they don’t read. Opinions are in.Everybody has an opinion. But almost nobody from the stats take the time to do any studying behind, it’s just “they say,” it’s not “scholarship says” and I think we have a real duty; I think we dropped the ball. I think we dropped the ball on information from the Bible. I think we dropped the ball in not doing Apologetics for a public group. And I think we dropped the ball for not centering on the gospel, on the nature of the gospel. We talk about a lot of other things and there’s a lot of important areas today, a lot of pro-life issues. There’s a lot of issues, period. But in scripture, the New Testament, whenever the gospel is defined, mostly Paul’s epistles in the Book of Acts, whenever the gospel is defined, these three doctrines are always present; the deity, the death and the resurrection of Jesus; deity, death and the resurrection… you want the full answer, it’s deity, atoning death, bodily resurrection and that’s what answered. And I think if we’re going to specialize in something it should be in the gospel evidence; that’s just my own view.”
Utilizing the culture’s unremitting integration with technology, Cristie Jo and I are creating multiple digital products and resources beyond the documentary. These will equip Christians in the “gospel evidence”.