A lot of people think the Christian faith is nothing but fairytale.
One of the stereotypes concerning Christians is that they aren’t very smart… clinging to half-baked stories from the ancient world and failing to see even basic arguments of science, philosophy, sociology, history, etc. Well… sorry if I get anyone mad… but that can tend to be really true.
There ARE a lot of Christians out there who have never seriously engaged science and history… there ARE a lot of Christians who have never thought deeply about their faith and WHY they believe what they do. And, unfortunately, these ‘uninformed’, ‘unprepared’, and ‘unexamining’ Christians can be the most vocal and visible. Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying we need a Ph.D. to be a good Christian… but we DO need to know (and be able to explain) that our faith is not a blind one… but one based on evidence with as much integrity as many events in ancient history.
Most people gloss right over the opening words of Luke’s Gospel in which Luke explains (to the person for which he is writing the account) that he has researched and evaluated all of the evidence and eyewitness accounts. Luke, by the way, was a scientist… a physician. Luke 1:1-4:
Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.
From the very first, Christians were very concerned about getting it right, getting it accurate, and passing it on. Far from the stereotypical blind-faith-check-your-brain-at-the-door type of folks, Christians were confident and committed to their faith… because they bought into it intellectually as well as spiritually.