What is the reason for Apologetics?
The whole idea of apologetics, to me, seems to fly in the face of what faith is. I have seen people say, "Faith cannot be faith without substantial evidence". G.K Chesterton once wrote:
"To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”
To seek for proof for something that you wish to belief is not faith. It is knowledge. If the apologists wish to show and verify that Jesus existed and did everything that he said that he did, then that is not faith. There are then trying to use reason. William Lane Craig's book, "Reasonable Faith" is actually an oxymoron. Religious faith isn't supposed to be reasonable. You are supposed to belief it no matter what the evidence says. If you're seeking to prove the existence of God, then you're not supporting faith. You're supporting knowledge, which faith is supposed to trump.
A relationship with Jesus is supposed to be the "Ultimate Evidence" that trumps all other evidence. But all the other evidence does is make people think that Jesus is real, even though they might be wrong, and then they THINK that they are having a relationship with Jesus when they are really just believing a man's leap of faith and deluded themselves. Why do we need apologists if faith is supposed to trump knowledge? Why should the lack of evidence cause any fear. I think they just don't enjoy the title, "Blind Believer". However, I think most arguments made by apologists are not really arguments for the existence of god or the reality of Jesus' Resurrection, but rather rationalizing why they believe what they want to believe. They offer more explanations for why their religion is useful than why it is true. It doesn't matter if it is useful and that Atheism is bad. That is simply a fallacy of appealing to the consequences. Religion may be useful, but that doesn't make it true.
Our job on this Earth, is to take care of each other. Something that we have ultimately failed at doing, hence why we are so miserable.