Bowman offers these eight helpful "ideals," abbreviated here, that he thinks "should characterize Christian apologists":
- A good apologist defends only what he has already become convinced is the truth.
- A good apologist constantly seeks truth and critically reviews his assumptions and beliefs.
- A good apologist seeks to grow as a whole, Christian human being.
- A good apologist cares about people as well as about the truth.
- A good apologist eschews poor arguments even in the service of true conclusions.
- A good apologist welcomes constructive criticism.
- A good apologist clearly distinguishes essentials from non-essentials.
- A good apologist seeks to honor Christ in all that he says and does.
"What then are the requirements for success as an apologist? There are, I believe, five basic requirements of equal importance: (1) a fascination with and delight in the intellectual life, (2) a passion for what can be learned from the Bible, (3) a life characterized by consistent holiness, (4) a love for people and (5) a growing ability to communicate with them on a profoundly personal level" (p. 94).
Read Bowman's entire post here.