I would say yes. I do some open air preaching on college campuses and I find that it helps the unconverted to see that the faith I have is not blind. Its very important to rember that apoligetics cannot save only God in the gospel. Its important to rember that the unconverted also need the conscience spoken to so they see their need for the Savior.
I see that we are to trust God to save people by the foolishness of preaching, and that is true but the question is not framed in that way. It askes if apoligetics should be used. If someone has an honest question we should have an answer for it. Gods word says we should have an answer for the hope that lies within us. I would like to know how many of the voters have tried open air preaching. Read Acts what did Paul do? Reason, and dispute with the people he was preaching to.
Apologetics? Yes. Of Course. Paul debated the Stoic and Epicurean Greek philosophers on Mars Hill. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to give an answer for our faith. However, apologetics is meant to aid evangelism. In no way should apologetics take the place of biblical gospel preaching. I see apologetics as "pre-evangelism", preparing the soil, for the sowing of the seed (the preaching of the gospel)
I have found apologetics to be helpful, if used in the framework of certainty. Discernment, of course, if necessary. Bahnsen's "Always Ready" and Reymond's "The Justification of Knowledge" are both excellent introductory resources.
Thanks for the comments guys/gals. I think a knowledge of the historical facts is a definite tool to have in the toolbox of your witness but that it should not be relied on too heavily. God may definitely use it but I have seen many people who rely on their arguments to try to convince people into becoming Christians while neglecting the work of the Holy Spirit in conversion.BTW, the poll has the option to select more than one answer if need be.
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