Okay guys, it’s official, I can finally talk about it! I have been giving you veiled hints for the past several months about this really exciting project I have been a part of, and now that it is live, I can let you in on the launch!
With several of my merry former classmates from the Houston Baptist University Master of Arts in Apologetics program, we have founded An Unexpected Journal. This quarterly publication is hopefully going to shine a bright spotlight on it often times neglected field of imaginative apologetics.
What is our purpose?
Of course, our primary purpose as apologists is to help people recognize the truth of Christianity. In that way, we are bringing glory to God through our endeavor. However, we seek to do that in a way that has not always been done in our field.
As I said in the introductory letter I wrote for our publication:
Apologetics has traditionally been seen as the domain of the philosopher, using logic to prove the necessity of the existence of God. We recognize, however, that different people respond to different techniques. Some people connect very well to propositional arguments, and we do not seek to diminish that approach whatsoever. Rather, we hope to show you by our work, inspired by The Abolition of Man, that utilizing the imagination and reason together can expose the dangerous consequences of certain, popular ideas in our society of disordered desires.
When we talk about imaginative apologetics, we are not trying to abandon reason. Rather, we’re trying to communicate reason in and imaginative way. For example, I wrote a second article in this inaugural issue comparing the world described in The Abolition of Man and the state of Narnia in The Last Battle.
The Last Battle, CS Lewis’ beautiful conclusion to the Chronicles of Narnia, begins with the undermining of truth. Once the people surrender their beliefs in the actual objective truths in the world, the consequences are vast and dangerous. In The Abolition of Man, Lewis calls this set of real truths “the Tao” and explains what would happen to a society if it departed from that collection of universal realities. Through The Last Battle, it becomes quite clear that separating a society from the foundation of the Tao is a direct pathway to destruction.
You see, it is not about abandoning the reasonability or rationality of understanding the world from the Christian worldview. However, we recognize that some people will understand the message or concept more effectively if it is communicated through a different technique than a traditional logical proof.
I hope you’ll check out our work. We have been working very hard on this, and we tried to put together some thought-provoking commentary for you. We talk about education, science fiction, Macbeth, Nietzsche and more. However, at the end of the day, we hope that our efforts bring glory to God and make people think. If we have done both of those things, I think it will be a success.