Thursday, November 5, 2009

Apologetics? Children? Catechism?

I really like Voddie Baucham and this is from a recent email from Catechism has gotten a bad rap for a long time. It's about time it changed!

This month's question is: How do we incorporate apologetics in our child's education?

Apologetics is the art and science of defending the faith. Practically, it means knowing what we believe, why we believe it, and being able to communicate that effectively to others. Hence, preparing our children for apologetics means preparing them to answer questions about their faith.

I know of no better tool for doing this than catechism. Catechism is teaching children what to believe and why to believe it through a series of questions and answers (i.e., "What is the chief end of man?"). Thus, catechism prepares children to do precisely what apologetics requires.

If you are not familiar with catechism, ask your pastor what confession of faith your church ascribes to, and what catechism teaches that confession. In the meantime, here's a link to one we use for our younger children.

No comments:

Blog Archive