This is a re-post about the interview I did in April 2021.
I’ve met the two gentlemen who host the Apologetics 315 podcast in person (Brian Auten and Chad Gross) and they asked me to come on and talk about my experience doing apologetics online with an alias. I thought that I would link to them, and then add an important point that I wanted to say during the podcast, but I forgot to come back to it.
Anyway, you can listen to the episode here on their web site.
Here’s the description:
Today’s Show Notes:
Episode 016 – Christianity in the Public Square with Wintery Knight
In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Christian blogger Wintery Knight on the topics of Christian blogging, apologetics in the workplace and in the public square, how policy effects Christian freedoms, and more. www.winteryknight.com
1:30 – Discussing moral and ethical issues, having an alias, and observing the changers in culture.
8:00 – The conflict between the Happiness Quest and the Truth Quest.
10:00 – The difficulty getting apologetics into the church. The importance of a commitment to a truth quest.
13:00 – Doing apologetics on the internet.
17:30 – How to interact with skeptics, and what to do when the people you interact with become hostile.
20:00 – In-person interaction and discerning the right way to communicate in the workplace or public square.
25:20 – How can Christians be informed about what’s going on in culture and public policy? How does one become equipped? Resources for being equipped.
37:00 – “The Equality Act” and religious liberty issues.
43:00 – The speed of cultural change in the US, and the importance of religious freedoms.
52:45 – Christianity and politics.
If you’re looking for a great podcast on apologetics, these guys are interviewing a lot of my favorite people – Craig Hazen, Fazale Rana, and soon Stephen C. Meyer. If you like the interview, please leave a comment. If you have any questions about any of the resources or blog posts that I mentioned, please let me know.
So, the extra point I wanted to make was about the question of how should Christians feel about the ascent of the woke people.
To start, consider this interesting article from Not The Bee, where they feature a whole bunch of moderates and classical liberals explaining why they walked away from the left because of the left’s descent into censorship and cancel culture.
In addition to that, there was an interesting survey about which group of people were more likely to self-report being diagnosed with a mental illness. It was the far-left people. And this data came from Pew Research, which skews to the left.
So, the point I wanted to make was this. The people on the left are only able to persist in being on the left, by exchanging reason and evidence for emotions and coercion. I admit that things look bad now, especially when you look at the powerful big corporations who are allying with the secular left mob. But I don’t think that people who are fixated on left-wing concerns are comfortable for moderate people to talk with. I think that secular leftism has left extreme leftists without the basic moral framework for respectful dialog. What’s more, I don’t think that secular leftists are very good at friendship, dating and especially marriage. You can’t marry someone who is lacks charity and self-control.
In view of this, I think that there is a tremendous opportunity to provide moderates and open-minded people with a safe place to express their views and seek truth. In order to be ready for them, I recommend that you prepare yourself to have respectful discussions by reading good books, and listening to good debates. The more you can stay calm while listening to different points of view, the more that people will want to speak to you. Please don’t rely on the church to train you. We’re not doing a very good job of training Christians about different points of view in the church. So, you’ll have to train yourself if you want to develop the ability to debate and disagree in a calm and respectful way.
By the way, I mentioned on the podcast that my Bible study partner and I are planning to start a podcast of our own. I explain what it will be about and about my co-host during the episode.
If you missed my previous appearance on Tim Stratton’s Free Thinking Ministries podcast, then you can listen to that here.