A Question I Was Asked:

Should I Defend Christianity?

"Does your approach to Christian Apologetics merely mean that you defend the Holy Bible and it's divine inspiration? Or do you go beyond that and choose to defend Christianity? That, I would suggest, is a much harder task."

UK Apologetics Reply:

Primarily I defend Scripture, and the inspiration of Scripture. I maintain that there is solid evidence that Holy Scripture has been divinely-inspired just as it claims to be and that humankind ignores that Scripture, and it's lessons, at it's own peril. That is my main and primary standing point. I stand as a Theist, who believes in an omnipotent God, and accepts Jesus of Nazareth to be the Saviour of the World which the Scriptures claim Him to be.

However, I am also prepared to defend the record of Christianity and the positive effect which Christianity has had upon men and women upon this planet Earth over thousands of years. Substantially, the teaching and influence has been amazingly beneficial. Therefore I reject without any reservation the idea that started to be spread around during the 20th century (and is still being repeated by people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens), that Christianity has only brought evil to the world. That, of course, is to totally twist all of the evidence. The evidence clearly states that Christianity has been a most amazingly beneficial world religion, helping bring better education, a zealous concern to protect the poor and vulnerable, and always accompanied by a real concern to protect the interests and status of women. As an example, it has been Christianity which has virtually eradicated polygamy and slavery. Moreover, wherever it gained a foothold, Christianity always insisted that one of it's primary duties was to train doctors, open hospitals and establish a fair system of criminal justice. Who can deny these things? Today it is lyingly claimed by some that Christianity has "enslaved" women; that, of course, is to stand the truth upon it's head. It was paganism which did that. The New Testament grants respect to women and this has greatly influenced European society. Women and children were always valued in Christianity.

Today, in complete contrast, secularism encourages the wilful destruction of children (abortion), and the forcing of women into a wholly unnatural role (being 'breadwinners' in competition with men, with a resultant breaking up of stable family life). I'm afraid that all our political 'leaders' support such monstrous social injustice.

Christianity has also hugely benefited the human race because of the inspirational character of it's central claim, that is, that the Son of God unselfishly died upon the cross in order to reconcile the human race to God, it's Creator. This has inspired incredibly beautiful cathedrals, great works of art, great literature and of course, much great music. Where are the great works of art, inspirational books and great music which have been inspired by the claims of Buddha, Islam or Hinduism? - they may exist, but they are in painfully short supply!

People, such as the aforementioned Dawkins, and others like Carl Sagan, have often referred to things like witch-hunting, the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition as evidence of Christianity's cruelty, however, the real evidence is always totally distorted and exaggerated by such atheistic writers and propagandists. I am not going to go into that in detail here since I have done it elsewhere (see link at end of this article for more information), but, simply to take one example, the actual quoted numbers of women executed as witches in Europe have been placed well and truly within fantasyland by writers like Carl Sagan, bristling with a hatred of Christianity and a desire to belittle Christianity wherever possible. Sagan quoted over ten million (Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, p116), as has M. Daly (Daly, Gyn/Ecology, p183, 208), but such figures are absurd and lack any sort of historical credibility, indeed, as I wrote a few years ago, "...one only arrives at such silly figures by insisting on being purely emotional and rejecting all wise historical counsel."

A similar thing has happened with The Spanish Inquisition and, regretfully, some Protestants - in their hatred of Catholicism - have aided and abetted some of the wild exaggerations of the numbers involved. Whilst I refuse to defend "Christianity" where it has behaved excessively, I charge that the truth of the Inquisition is a far different matter to the hype and emotional, anti-Catholic distortion which we Protestants have all too frequently been guilty of. Protestantism should not be encouraging secularists with their attacks on all forms of Christianity.

So that is where I, and UK Apologetics stand, and will continue to stand as long as I continue to be overseer of this work.
Robin A. Brace. July 2nd, 2010.

For fuller information, see also Secularism: The Most Evil Philosophy Known to Human Government