American society has become primary pluralistic and strictly secular. The Christian tradition is no longer the common heritage of civilization. As a result, approaches to evangelism that worked well in the past have seemingly little impact on the hearts and minds of people swimming in todayʼs cultural currents. Rather than lament the state of affairs, Christians can instead explore the practice of evidential apologetics as a particularly timely and effective toolkit for evangelism in the United States. This presentation will summarize the evidential approach to apologetics, demonstrate its particular strength as a Lutheran approach to evangelism, and offer participants a guide for further study in the field.
Rev. Caleb R. Bassett serves as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fallbrook, California and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism, and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Bassett has presented numerous times at the WELS National Worship Conference and has served as an essayist for the WELS Institute for Worship and Outreach. He serves our national church body as the chairman of the Technology Subcommittee and member of the Executive Committee of the WELS Hymnal Project. Bassett and his wife live together with their four children in the avocado country of Southern California.