The Humanitas Forum — Contending for the Faith in an Age of Unbelief

Jonanthan Morrow

It is one of the more unfortunate facts of recent Church history:  The Church has largely abandoned the apologetic task of defending and commending the faith.  With the increasing prominence of non-Christian religions and the increasingly secular nature of contemporary culture, it is ironic that large segments of the Church continue to ignore the Apostle Peter’s command to take up the apologetic task—to be “prepared to give a reason for the hope” that is in Christ Jesus.


Please join us for this first of three talks on apologetics—on commending and defending the faith in our culture of unbelief.                                                                         .



The Humanitas Forum


on Christianity and Culture



The Reason for the Hope that is Within You:


Contending for the Faith in a Post-Christian Culture




Jonathan Morrow




Friday, February 7, 2014 — 7:00 p.m.


School of Nursing and Health Science Building Auditorium

Tennessee Tech Campus

Cookeville, Tennessee


How do you talk with an unbelieving friend about Jesus Christ?  What do you say to a friend who is ready to give up on Christianity after reading the New Atheists?  How do we address the various barriers to belief that arise when talking about our faith?  Presenting and explaining the Gospel requires apologetics as well as evangelism.  The Apostle Peter instructs us to be “prepared to give a reason for the hope” that we have in Jesus Christ.


In this talk, Jonathan Morrow will discuss what it means to contend for the faith in our increasingly secular age:  why Christians need apologetics, three things Christians need to know, and three aspects of defending the faith.  He will conclude with a case for Christianity that everyone can learn.


Jonathan currently serves as Director of Creative Strategies for IMPACT 360, a gap-year program for 18-20 year-old students in Pine Mountain, GA.  He is also the founder of, where he blogs on faith and culture issues.  Formerly, he was the equipping pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he taught worldview and apologetics to high school and college students.


Jonathan holds two masters degrees from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and is the author of two books, Welcome to College: A Christ-follower’s Guide for the Journey and Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture.  He and his wife have three children.


The Humanitas Forum welcomes Campus Outreach at Tennessee Tech as co-sponsor.



Q&A Follows



Admission:  Free

Location:  Whitson-Hester School of Nursing and Health Science Building Auditorium, Tennessee Tech, 10 West 7th Street, Cookeville, Tennessee

Time:  7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Contact:  Michael Poore, Director, The Humanitas Forum, (931) 239-8735,




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One Response to “The Humanitas Forum — Contending for the Faith in an Age of Unbelief”

  1. How do you contend for the faith when the culture proceeds into the delusion that there are many paths unto God and they are all equally good? If any group is contending it is the atheists. They are relentless, obnoxious and as persistent as a planters wart.

    Worst yet, they seem to have the favor of the government and don’t mind using the power of the government to enable their worldview. Seeker friendly theories of increasing membership in church seems to have blurred the distinction between the world and the church. Some churches seem to have no boundary between the world and the sanctuary. The music is similar and the message is non threatening, informal and sometimes tainted with political correctness.

    The churches are submitting to the idea that the world can confirm the truth by being the church that offends them least. The biggest congregation wins.

    Christianity, rightly defined and explained is not likely to be popular. Anyone who wants to preach on sin will have to call the congregation to shake off the worldly concepts of self esteem. Anyone who wants to preach the Social Gospel will be in direct opposition to the Bible and its teaching that, “…the poor will always be with us.” Looking after the welfare of others before your own welfare is not going to go over very well in the “Me Generation.”
    It is possible that the long period of co-belligerency on social problems like abortion has produced detrimental damage to doctrine. Who cares about the Mormon version of Christ as long as they vote with us? Who cares about sola scriptura as long as the Catholics are with us on politics? This long and slow decline of doctrinal purity makes any assault on the un-churched and unsaved more difficult.