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We're doing Apologetics at the dinner table. Lately, it has been bothering me how I seem to not be able to find the words to defend my faith. My husband has been reading Nuts and Bolts: A Practical Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith by Tim Staples during Eucharistic Adoration. He wants us to help the kids to better understand our Faith and be able to counter anti-Catholic remarks both charitably and correctly. My husband informs me that Tim Staples kids are homeschooled, so he will be looking in the book for further ideas of how to introduce Apologetics to the kids.
So how to you turn Apologetics into a game? Remember, they don't HAVE to know the answer to the questions to play. If you've ever played a game like Trivial Pursuit, you know that. So, we'll be either facing off girls against the boys OR South Side of the Table -vs- North Side of the Table with Dad giving the questions from the Friendly Defenders cards.
When the kids get older, I will be working on a debate style program for my kids and others. I took debate in high school and LOVED it. My partner and I won several matches at the local level. Once my kids have started Logic (2011-2012 school year), we may start. I intend to do this like a book club, only we will be working on finding the arguments most Catholics face against the Faith and find Biblical responses to those. We will most likely approach it by doing a Lincoln Douglas Debate Case. I look forward to this exercise and think it will be beneficial for all of us.
Catholic Apologetics can simply be taught with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible. But that can be fairly dry. You could also use the Baltimore Catechism. However, I recommend books like those by Tim Staples. Dr. Ray Guarendi now has a DVD course available called "What Catholics Believe." If it's half as good as the keynote he gave at the 2010 Minnesota Catholic Home Educators Conference, it's worth the money. If you have a preteen or teen child that likes to read, you might want to consider having them read the book A Philadelphia Catholic in King James' Court. It was a fun read!
So, what do you do for your kids? Are they learning Apologetics via the Catechism or are you doing something else? I'd love ideas, if you are willing to share.