Who’s Interested in Apologetics and Why? New Research Reveals New Answers

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Why are some Christians more interested in apologetics than others? Do you think you know the reasons? Probably. But only partly.

The Spiritual Readiness Project has just released a research report this morning on What Motivates Interest In Apologetics?

Read it online or download the printable version.

Prepare to nod your head in agreement with some of the findings, and to be surprised at other — especially the two big factors we found that don’t seem to motivate many people’s interest in apologetics.

Why this research?

Christians working in apologetics have been asking for years, “How can we get churches more interested in apologetics?” We’ve used a naive, intuitive, seat-of-the-pants approach to figuring that out. F could name some shining exceptions, especially work led by Sean McDowell, Greg Koukl, and Brett Kunkle, plus Summit Ministries and Impact360. They’ve found powerful ways to instill interest in young people for the first time. The rest of us? For the most part our best answer has been, “Give them the resources and they will come.”

For some people, that’s exactly the answer they need. So it’s a good one; and yet for all the resources we’ve developed, we’re still not seeing churches rise up and grab hold the way we believe they should.

Enter the Spiritual Readiness Project, a multi-year research and training initiative, taking a serious problem-solving approach to the question of apologetics in the church. We’re a team of four people seriously interested in apologetics, and also trained in social sciences, seeking to understand the motivational basis of the question. We’re starting with research, and we’ll be ending with at least one book, plus conferences and web-based training and resources.

I’ll be very interested in your comments on what we’ve found. (Trolls will be thrown back under their bridge.)