The need for Christian apologetics is greater than ever, says a seminary president, because attacks against the truth of Christianity continue to grow.
Citing the instructions of the Great Commission, Dr. Richard Land says born-again Christians have been commanded to share the gospel.
"So I believe that if you're going to be an obedient Christian," he tells OneNewsNow, "you're going to be learning how to defend the faith, how to share your faith, how to share your faith confidently and effectively with others."
The more people understand Christianity, he continues, the less likely they will attack it.
To that end, North Carolina-based Southern Evangelical Seminary is hosting an apologetics conference Feb 23 that includes breakout sessions and a debate over the topic, "If God, Why Evil?"
The debaters will be SES associate professor Dr. Brian Huffling and author Dr. Michael Shermer, an atheist and skeptic.
A recent annual study reported persecution against Christian believers across the globe is up 14 percent, and Land says a defense of the Christian faith helps explain the problem of evil around the world.
"This seems to be a worldwide phenomenon: people killing people, and persecuting people, and imprisoning people, because they disagree with their beliefs," he observes. "We have to understand why it is that people act this way and what the antidote is."
That "antidote," he says, is the gospel.