Apologetics is the art and science of making a rational case for the Christian worldview, and McDowell and Wallace are rock stars in that field. Both have written prolifically and spoken in countless venues on the subject, and I have certainly benefitted from their work. In So the Next Generation Will Know, we are shown not only that the case must still be made, but what sort of challenges we are likely to encounter in doing so to the emerging generation.
As their book is laid out, they begin by noting that for all the unique aspects of this upcoming generation, they need love, just like the rest of us. McDowell and Wallace make their case by showing how to love this next generation well, and without compromise. The book has two sections. It begins with a section about us and why it is so important to reach the next generation. The second section offers a framework for how to reach them.
I spent a good amount of time training as an apologist. However, now that my children are grown, and I haven’t had the blessing of grandchildren yet, I haven’t been involved much with children. As a result, I do feel a distance that can make interaction a little awkward. Personally, I find this book immensely helpful in how to be ready to “give an answer” to the next generation.
This book is a must read for parents, pastors, and youth leaders.