Alternative to Apologetics

Zenit ran this interesting piece on various contemporary musicians spreading the Gospel in the days leading up to WYD. Interesting was this comment from a guitarist and seminarian, Bernard Drumm:

A lot of young Catholics have been brought up with many misconceptions about the Church and its teachings. They think that it’s something from yesterday that doesn’t relate to today. As Catholics, we seem to spend a lot of time defending our beliefs and trying to explain ourselves into oblivion […] rather than just allowing the joy we find in [the faith] to inspire the core of the hearts of others so they may begin their own search for that truth, which is the source of our joy.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Alternative to Apologetics

  1. Jeff Pinyan says:

    As Catholics, we seem to spend a lot of time defending our beliefs and trying to explain ourselves into oblivion […] rather than just allowing the joy we find in [the faith] to inspire the core of the hearts of others so they may begin their own search for that truth, which is the source of our joy.

    I guess our problem as Catholics is two-fold.

    One the one hand, there are people out there who simply will not accept the Catholic faith without it being explained to them; they see lightning candles, the Eucharist, prayers to saints, priests, and the Pope as pagan. The misunderstand Catholic theology as teaching a “works salvation”. It is only natural that the Church seek to defend Her honor and Her Lord by defending and explaining the faith.

    On the other hand, we can fall into the trap of trying to prove our faith simply with words and arguments, rather than by our very lives. That, I think is what Drumm is getting at: apologetics aside, more non-Catholics need to see the joy which the Catholic faith gives us, which will inspire them to seek that same truth which gives joy to our lives!

    And I can definitely say Amen to that!

  2. Jim McK says:

    The recent doctrinal note on evangelization says it quite well:

    “to evangelize does not mean simply to teach a doctrine, but to proclaim Jesus Christ by one’s words and actions, that is, to make oneself an instrument of his presence and action in the world.”

    Too of ten we get caught up in doctrines and theology, rathe than in sharing our hope and our joy. Even Paul VI, before he issued his great exhortation on evangelization, issued an exhortation to be joyful. The Holy Spirit, rather than theology, is the substance of the gospel, and the fruit of the spirit is love, joy peace…

  3. thadeus says:

    Amen! That is a great quote. I have been more and more drawn into apologetics of late (partially because of lack of my own understanding, partially because my spouse is Southern Baptist).

    Having the object of apologetics be to know Christ more fully and to have more joy in my life is a much better end than to “prove” someone else’s belief is incorrect.

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