A common question on high school and university campuses to discuss issues like abortion is, “Why should we be forced to live by Christian beliefs?” Most college students reject the Bible as authoritative, reject the central tenets of the Christian faith, and even worse, associate Christianity with concepts like oppression of women, hatred of sexual freedom, and a history of crimes against marginalized people groups. They see any efforts to argue for the equal dignity of the unborn as forcing Christianity on them. This threatens to poison the well on discussions surrounding important moral issues. The first step in getting back to the basics of engaging unbelievers is to set the table for the case that much of what Christians believe, though revealed through Scripture, can be argued for without direct appeal to our faith and is good for society. Christian ethics grounded some of the most celebrated human rights advancements in history from Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce’s abolitionist movement in the UK, to Harriet Tubman working to transport slaves to freedom, to Martin Luther King Jr. leading the US Civil Rights Movement. Christian men and women repeatedly rise to confront evil and improve society.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Jay Watts about his article entitled, “Christianity is Better: What Place for the Christian in a Post-Christian Political “. This is also the first in a new and ongoing column , “Back to Basics Apologetics”.