Of 135 persons who responded to our survey, 107 indicated they were actively involved in using or learning Christian apologetics. They form the basis of the analysis here.

As this was not a scientifically (randomly) sampled survey group, the first question for analysis must be, “Does this group represent AIPs (Apologetics-Interested Persons) in general?” The answer is unfortunately no. This group is heavy on apologetics Facebook group members and Ratio Christi members, and perhaps other groups as well.

That hardly means there’s nothing to learn from their responses. It only means that results must be interpreted with the following demographics in mind. Response patterns were consistent enough to provide confidence that this sample has given us solid preliminary answers to our chief questions about apologetics motivation.

Sources

The AIPs included:

  • 37 members of the Christian Apologetics Alliance Facebook group
  • 49 members other apologetics Facebook groups
  • 22 staff members or adult volunteers with Ratio Christi
  • 5 Ratio Christi-associated students
  • 15 members of local apologetics interests groups, like Reasonable Faith chapters for example
  • 14 college students
  • 11 seminary students
  • 35 who said they were none of the above

(The total exceeds 107 because respondents could check more than one of these.)

Sex and Nationality

The response group was 70 percent male, 30 percent female.

Responses came mostly from the United States. Other countries represented were the United Kingdom (3 respondents), Canada (2), and one each from Australia, Austria, Chile, Germany, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Poland. 8 AIPs declined to answer this item. One non-U.S. respondent commented on how U.S.-centric the education-level question had been worded. We offer apologies for that.

The group was well educated on the whole, with about three-quarters of respondents holding at least a bachelor’s degree, and half of those having earned a Master’s degree or higher.

Figure 2

Respondents’ ages were distributed as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3

Apologetics Experience

We assessed apologetics-related experience and confidence levels with two questions. First, How long have you been actively engaged in using or learning apologetics? Responses were:

Figure 4

A rough comparison of this statistic with respondents’ age ranges suggests that about three of every ten respondents first became interested in apologetics by their early 20s. The median age of first involvement in apologetics was sometime in respondents’ 30s; more precise numbers are impossible to compute.

We also asked, “How confident are you in your use of apologetics?”This was rather evenly distributed across a range from “somewhat confident” to “quite confident.” Few said they were less than “somewhat confident.”

Figure 5

Did you miss taking the survey? Want to add your voice? We’ve still got a place for you to do that.

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