Don't know if I have talked about this before but if not here is a good topic. I was reading a Reformed author whom was suggesting apologetics was not needed in the church. However Reformed cannot agree on this one as plenty disagree with that assertion. The reformed author said that all that is needed is the bold preaching of the truth and he trusted God to bring forth the elect. But the writing of books and books on evidences to persuade skeptics is not right nor trusting in the sufficiency of the scripture and the power of God to salvation according to this author. Perhaps he has a case or perhaps not. 1 Pet 3:15 says to always be ready to give an answer for the faith and hope that you have (NIV) and many have used this verse as an apologetics formula which may be taken the verse out of context. Looking at the life and ministry of Jesus He sure did not rely on apologetics in his ministry, however the Apostle Paul appears to have used some of it when speaking with the Greek Philosophers among others. So I am divided and not sure on this one. I was at the bookstore Christmas shopping and was gonna buy a book called Five Views on Apologetics but I did not as I have plenty of books to read. But the topic created in me some interest. Is Apologetics entirely necessary today or is it not? John MacArthur (another reformed author) rarely if ever makes any reference to it, and may agree with the other author whom I quoted earlier. Or perhaps both are wrong and Apologetics is necessary. If I said it was not I would be a hypocrite as I myself pass out More than a Carp-tender tracts, and other apologetics based materials written by Arminian/evidentialist authors. So I think apologetics is necessary sometimes.