Here’s another exclusive guest post from one of my undergraduate Apologetics students. Cameron Thorn is a junior at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA who says that understanding apologetics was turning point in his life. Like fellow classmate, Corrine Hudson, Cameron was excited by the things we discussed last semester. See why this former skeptic now sees Christian apologetics playing a key role in his future goals.
A Turning Point
When I heard about defending the Christian faith using apologetics, my initial concern was I never wanted to be pushy or make people believe what I believe; I just desire for them to know the truth. However, after beginning a course in apologetics with Professor Del Rosario, I found that my original ideas of apologetics were false. Understanding apologetics has actually become a turning point in my life and I’m thankful for the scholars who so passionately and effectively defend the truth of Christianity.
The Truth is Out There
One of the major obstacles to a relationship with God that skeptics face is if God exists, why He doesn’t make himself evident. That was one of the major barriers I previously faced. I wondered, if God existed, why His presence never seemed apparent. Why would He allow certain circumstances to take place? Why would He allow evil and suffering to exist? Those are just a few of the questions I pondered. But I never considered searching for the answers myself.
I’m not sure exactly when, but I realized that without searching for the answers myself, I was left to believe what others told me about truth of God. This began my journey for certainty, and what I found was that the Truth is out there if you are willing to put in the time to search. Through taking a course in apologetics with Mikel Del Rosario, God has allowed me to understand the answers to my questions.
Apologetics is Necessary
I now believe that apologetics is a necessity for not only believers, but also a person who is wavering in a firm belief in an ultimate Creator. After assessing the undeniable proof for the existence of God, I was completely surprised by the depth and breadth of the case for Christianity. Taking a course in apologetics will dissolve any uncertainty or doubt that a person might have. Understanding logical reasoning and philosophy will better equip all believers in their daily interactions.
Although some of the philosophical aspects of apologetics can be complex, Mikel made understanding the basic arguments easy to utilize and understand. It has been a blessing to learn under Mikel, and I’m looking forward to any course available with him in the future.
My Life’s Goal
Today, my life’s goal is to do my part in helping others get answers to the questions that are blocking them in their spiritual journey toward Christ, and I plan on furthering my apologetics education at seminary.
Cameron is a junior at William Jessup University majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Bible and Theology.
William Lane Craig’s On Guard is the main text for my Apologetics class at William Jessup University. It’s logical, clear, has argument charts, and even pictures! Craig builds a positive case for God that’s strong enough to refute objections, too. It’s a great introduction to arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, the person of Jesus, the resurrection and a Christian response to religious pluralism. College students love this!