Chapter 2, question 4
The main apologetic I read was Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. It made me cry and affected me a lot when I first read it. Later, I read a critique saying that apologetics are to make you believe. Faith needs no apology. So, I am conflicted about it. When Lewis says, “Jesus is either the only son of God, or he is a lunatic” I balk. That is too dualistic, too absolute. Can’t he be a gifted teacher and a holy prophet without being either God or a lunatic? I am suspicious of most of the things written in the Bible about him. Who says Jesus claimed to be God, or the Son of God? Wasn’t it all the manipulative hype of the followers who wanted to set their group above all the others popular at the time? The words in red in the Bible are what the writers said that Jesus said. Hearsay, spin, or outright lies—marketing.