I started this topic from out of the “AIG / Biologos debate about Adam…” thread, though I may not have done so efficiently or correctly. Here is my manually created new topic.
I used the word itself to make more of a conceptual point. You say you need to explain that word in Britain; I guess most people on the street here in the U.S. probably wouldn’t know what it meant either. But they very much would know what you were trying to do if you brought up your Christianity in any conversation with the (in any way visible) agenda of defending (or worse yet) promoting “your religious opinions”; and they would resent you for it. So while we may have lost track of the actual label “apologetics” due to its marginalization in the public arena, we certainly have a cultural memory for what the monster looks like and people are trained to run screaming in the other direction (if the monster is of the theistic genus anyway – persuasion on nearly any other ground is tolerated and even expected.)
Here is an interesting talk at the Veritas Forum (NYU) by guests Pastor Tim Keller, and Jonathan Haidt (self-described Jewish Atheist) on this very topic. I only listened to the short speaker portions by both these gentlemen, so I can’t speak to the quality of the rest of the hour and 25 minutes presumably spent in Q&A with the audience. But what both men had to say (particularly Keller) was interesting and challenging to me. I’d be curious as to your thoughts on it as well as others here. I’m guessing that Europe faces these same challenges though perhaps is less shrill about it?