ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Apologists, The Problem Is You

Updated on September 3, 2019
Jason Capp profile image

I grew up in South Carolina, USA, and I currently live in Tokyo, Japan. I am well versed in religion, various cultures, and world politics.

The Role of the Apologist

Apologists are people who zealously defend their beliefs through systematic arguments and discourse. They discipline themselves with daily study to protect their beliefs as best they can, and they use their knowledge to tear apart any belief that contradicts their own.

Apologists are most common in religions, because it is in religion that many questions cannot be answered. It is then up to the apologist to twist logic and find holes in their opponent's argument all to simply create a cloud of doubt in the air.

Nowadays, apologists are not simply from religious circles either. We have seen an uprise of apologists for atheists, politicians and political beliefs, anti-vaccination, and even flat-earthers.

Apologists are called when a belief needs a champion, and apologists will take that champion's tunic and wear it until they are no longer needed. The problem with apologists is that they are not allowed to waver. They must stand strong in the belief until death separates them, and it is precisely in this point that apologists create a more toxic and divisive culture around them instead a united and understanding culture.

The Problem With Apologists

It is the unwavering nature of apologists that creates the biggest problem. Since they are essentially a hired gun for the belief, they will defend and defend and defend until they cannot defend any more.

This inability to shift their thinking prevents them from understanding their opponent. Empathy requires a person to truly understand another while also sharing in the emotion. Apologists are not allowed to empathize, which makes them seem so cold and callous in many of their responses. It is not about helping the other understand their belief. It is ultimately about discrediting their opponent and making them look stupid in the process.

Apologetics in Religion

In religion, apologists argue for the existence of God, the beginning of the world, the creation of mankind, the nature of sin, and the holiness of certain figures, to name a few.

Religious apologists have a very difficult task in front of them, which is why they rely heavily on gaslighting and manipulation. Apologists like Ravi Zacharias have lied about credentials their entire career to appear more intellectually superior to their critics. Zacharias, for example, used to pull numerous talking points out of his pocket when questioned by an atheist. He would then use his fake credentials as a means of raising his own status while simultaneously lowering the status of the questioner.

This technique is also common when the apologist has impressive credentials, too. The process of gaslighting is deep manipulation by psychological means. Religious apologists are experts at this, and they will speak in such a way that the opponent will begin to question their own sanity.

The process is not about helping the other to understand. It is about manipulating and tricking the person.

Apologetics in Politics

In politics, for example, apologists argue for leaders in a political party, government spending, social issues, defense in scandals, foreign relations, and so many more.

Political apologists are among the most dishonest. Since their job relies heavily on defending politicians through the good, the bad, and the ugly, they will pull every lie they possibly can find to quiet the masses. The lack of integrity makes this process even more disturbing.

People like Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump's counselors, will say some of the most absurd lines you could ever hear from a political aide, but it is in these insane lies that she detracts attention away from the main subject. Often times, Conway will say a lie more ridiculous than the president so that the news will focus on her instead. She becomes a scapegoat, and that is precisely her role as an apologist for President Trump. Since she is able to defend herself so well, President Trump relies on her heavily to put out fires.

The feeding of dishonest and untrue information serves as a distraction from the subject at hand. Once the standards have been lowered to that level, all uprightness is thrown out the window, and the conversation can turn into a circus.

This process is not about building bridges. It is about burning bridges down and preventing any means of understanding at all.

Apologetics in Atheism

In atheism, apologists argue for the Big Bang Theory, the non-existence of God, the role of both micro and macroevolution, and the scientific theory among many others.

Atheistic apologists are an interesting breed. On the one hand, they are a necessary evil to combat the religious apologists, but on the other hand, they are apologists for science, basically. It is insane that the scientific community feels a need for apologists, but like the other areas, a champion is needed to fight.

The great criticism towards apologetic atheists is the aggressiveness of their delivery. This is not unique to atheists, but the use of ridicule to tear down their opponents is not only malicious, it actually degrades the value of science through the process.

People like Richard Dawkins regularly insult religious leaders for their practices and beliefs. Dawkins has compared Islam to cancer, said Christianity is evil, and referred to a creationist as an "idiot". Someone like Dawkins does not even consider the amount of religious people in his field and how quickly he alienates himself from some of these prominent scientists, some of which are even Nobel Prize winners.

This process is not about coming to terms with each other. It is about labeling atheists as intelligent and religious people as stupid.

The Influence of an Apologist

Apologists play a major role in society today. They fill up arenas, they sell popular books, and they appear regularly on major shows and news networks. There is a lot of money to be made as a successful apologist.

But there lies another problem. Why do we allow these apologists to represent us and our beliefs? Slowly, we lose our identity and adopt the views and beliefs of the apologist. Eventually, we find no wrong with that person and will believe, share, and teach anything they release. It is as if we are not confident enough in our own belief that we need to mimic someone who appears to be a superhero of the belief.

However, this is a very thin foundation. These apologists are only human, but more than that, they are paid heavily to say the things they say and believe the things they supposedly believe in.

Considering the uncouth tactics all of these apologists use to win arguments, would it not be wiser for us to take what they all say with a grain of salt? If these apologists are not going to represent your belief with integrity, maybe it is up to you to represent your belief in a way that brings honor and respect to it.

Do not depend on the ways of the apologists. Remember the old saying;

Better is a poor person who walks in their integrity than a rich person whose ways are perverse.

Let us together walk with integrity. There is truly no need for us to lie, ridicule, or manipulate. It is perverse, and we all should know better.

© 2019 Jason Reid Capp

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Jason Capp profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Reid Capp 

      8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @John Welford

      I have unfortunately listened to quite a lot of creationists arguments. My point about the atheistic approach regarding apologetics is that the delivery can be nasty and malicious. Don't get me wrong, I want to call certain people "idiot" all of the time, but there is nothing constructive about this approach. It is purely destructive and continues a path of the black-and-white/us vs them narrative.

    • John Welford profile image

      John Welford 

      8 months ago from Barlestone, Leicestershire

      Have you listened to some of those creationists argue their case? You must surely agree with Richard Dawkins that they include a good number of idiots among their number!

    • Jason Capp profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Reid Capp 

      8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Kenya

      Thank you for the response. I personally do not think our own opinion is the most important. I think two other factors take precedence.

      One is factual truth. In modern day society, lines are often blurred between personal truth and factual truth, and this causes a lot of bickering and fighting. But reality is important, and we need to be grounded in it. Opinions are subjective, which can make them unreliable, but facts are objective and should be valued highly, whether we like them or not.

      The second is empathy. Having our own opinion is important, but the ability to connect with others and truly understand their opinion is a powerful tool. This does not mean you have to agree with the others, but just being able to connect deeply, open your mind, and truly see things from different angles can make you a much better person.

      As important as our own opinion is, we should also strive towards the truth and connected with our fellow humans, even the ones we disagree with. Does that make sense?

    • babyshaman profile image

      Kenya 

      8 months ago

      There isn't anything more important than our own opinion. And frankly, we are the ones that are ridden at points. Thanks. from mysteryschoolasmr❤❤blogspot+++++++++com

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)