Athanatos Christian Ministries is committed to applying the Christian worldview, with an emphasis on pro-life issues, in creative contexts that range from Christian apologetics, to education, to literature and the arts. ACM is explicitly oriented towards using the arts to defend and strengthen the case for Christianity.
“He has set eternity in the hearts of men.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
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Literary apologetics refers to defending and promoting the Christian faith through literature. The term is also used more generally to refer to defending the faith through the arts, because many of the reasons why literature can be an effective way to convey the reasons for the Christian faith hold true for other art forms such as film, music, and drama. Sometimes, this larger vision is expressed as cultural apologetics.
Apologetics usually refers to a defense of the faith through the intellect, such as through debate and argumentation, but many people have been brought around to faith in God through a good novel, movie, or song. Evidently, Christianity's chief adversary--materialistic atheism--cannot account for the intangible encounters that humans experience through the arts.
One of the last century's best intellectual defender of the Christian faith, C.S. Lewis, also influenced people through his stories such as The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and The Screwtape Letters. This is fitting, as he himself says that it was a story--George MacDonald's Phantastes--that 'baptized' his own imagination. But Lewis is not the only 'literary apologist' we can name. G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers, and J.R.R. Tolkien are among the 20th centuries best Christian writers, known for engaging both the mind and the heart.
More and more Christians have recognized how the culture itself breeds disbelief, even as they can point to novels by Lewis and Tolkien as instrumental in kindling or re-kindling their own belief, and they wonder if there is a way that they, too, can engage in 'literary apologetics.'
The purpose of this site is to try to answer that question.