Jan 25

Defense of the Truth is Proper

Austin Farrer writes, “For though argument does not create conviction, the lack of it  destroys belief. What seems to be proved may not be embraced; but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish.” (Austin Farrer, “The Christian Apologist” in Light on C.S. Lewis, 26)

Even though argument and logic cannot create true conviction, they maintain a climate where belief can take root and grow. It gives us room to explore our thoughts and feelings on a given concept.