Giving Reasons for Faith

Posted May 26, 2016 7:44 pm by Francis J. Beckwith

Giving Reasons for Faith

The other day I was reading a portion of Summa Theologica in which St. Thomas Aquinas addresses several questions on how Christians should engage unbelief and unbelievers. What struck me was how the Angelic Doctor’s insights remain no less true today than when he first wrote them down in the 13th century.
In answering the question, “Whether one ought to dispute with unbelievers in public?,” St. Thomas says that there are two types of people who may be witnessing the disputation, those who are strong in their faith and those who are simple. For the former, we need not worry that

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