I remember in high school, I was interested in apologetics because my church wanted the young people to defend their faith. When I got older, I became less enthusiastic about apologetics at my church because my views about biblical inerrancy, interpretations, science, and other things changed. My church is not anti-science, and my church people often try to find honest answers, but it is not an easy quest when they worry about the faith of young people in universities.
Despite my changing views, I attended an apologetics conference last year (I think in November) with my pastor and some friends. I think it was hosted by an organization named Stand to Reason (my church prefers this group). The guest speaker was Jim Wallace, the writer of Cold Case Christianity, and he is pretty cool. I even got two autographed books from him. However, I did not agree with some things the other speakers say. For example, one of the speakers said that he was a realist and not an alarmist, but he sounded pretty alarming when he warned the young people how the secularists will try to undermine their faith in universities.
Sometimes my faith did get challenged by things I learned in history (I am a history major), but I never seen anyone out to get Christian students except for one time when a geology professor acted like all Christians believe that Earth is 6,000 years old (uh, no we don’t). In the past year since that apologetics conference, I read Biologos blogs more regularly, and I found their information to be generally more helpful.
This time, my pastor invited me to join another apologetics conference that will take place this Saturday, and it is also hosted by Stand to Reason. I felt pretty meh about it, but I wonder if I should go.