Mark Coppenger has written an intruiging article for the Illinois Baptist, "Why the Church Needs Apologetics, Even When the Lost Won't Listen". I suggest checking it out! Here is an excerpt:
(Originally posted at the A-Team Blog: http://ateam.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2005/12/15/1451263.html )
Now and then apologetics (argumentation for defense of the faith) has a direct impact on lost people, leading them toward conversion, or at least away from hostility. For instance, perennial skeptic Antony Flew now expresses a form of theism, in part because of the argument from intelligent design in nature. (See the interview at www.biola.edu/antonyflew/.) But it's been my experience that the will is more often the problem than the intellect. Men don't want a Lord, they don't want someone interfering with their agendas. Rather than admit this (to themselves or others), they toss out arguments to lend their indifference or hostility to God an air of sophistication.
Still, apologetics is an important handmaiden of evangelism. It can strip away smugness, loosen up hardened soil, embarrass treasured criticisms and sow disarray in a pagan worldview. Of course, the critic will seldom admit on the spot that you've scored points, but his private reflections may be a different story.
What if they don't listen? Is apologetics worth the effort anyway?
posted at 2:27 PM