3 Apologetics Tools for Little Kids

Are there any good Apologetics Tools for Little Kids?
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Are little kids too young to defend their faith? At what age can they be taught the principles of logic, theology, or the reasons for faith?

There are 3 resources that I’m eager to share at this stop: you can see them for yourself right away by clicking these links:        … or…

#1. A Christian Mom shares 14 Ways she Teaches Apologetics to her 5-year olds
#2. Apologetics Books for Kids: the Young Defenders Series
#3. Browse a List of over 100 Apologetics Resources for 2-yr olds to Teens

…or, read on for a brief description before you decide.

But, first, real quick: two stories about the “too young” issue and some disturbing facts about the theological challenges of contemporary kidhood :


4 year olds: Astute Theologians
A very short story to illustrate that kids already engage in theological discussion – and I’m sure you can add more of the same. Some years ago, my sister-in-love took my then 4 year old nephew with her to deliver food to a homeless shelter.

Kids-Wagon“This is why we need to thank Jesus that we have a nice home,” she told him.

“But why doesn’t Jesus give them a nice home?”

“Ummm…”

And, then to add some urgency to the task of Christian parents, a disconcerting Road Trip discovery:


Atheists are targeting little (and big) kids
Are little kids too young to understand big ideas about God, reality, justice, right and wrong, and logic? The American Humanist Association doesn’t think so. Their website, Kids Without God, is “for the millions of young people around the world who have embraced science, rejected superstition, and are dedicated to being Good Without A God!”

[Hope some smart little kid asks them how to define “good” in the absence of a supreme moral being.]

Kids need apologetics NOW – not later
Sarah Flashing of Women in Apologetics points out that it’s no longer enough to prepare
addon-bucket-and-spade-2children for the world they’ll encounter when they leave home: the world isn’t waiting.

We all know that culture and media are saturated with values that are antithetical to Biblical Christianity and little people are absorbing these ideas through many channels. It’s just still shocking how soon this onslaught starts.

It’s not really possible to hide, probably not even if you ban everything with a screen in your home. But we can equip the next generation with a good defense and, better yet, an effective offense. So, without any more delay, here are three of my newest favorite tools to put in the hands of parents and teachers (and aunts, uncles, grandparents, and big sibs).


#1. A Christian Mom shares 14 Ways she Teaches Apologetics to her 5-year olds

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Natasha Crain shows you how to give kids the basic building blocks for apologetics and clear thinking. Children can be taught to think about the reasons for their faith, to know that there are reasons, and to know that the answers are often complex in the real world. From this list of 14 strategies, I’ve selected two to show you, but you can drop by her site for the rest, and for plenty more quality content.

hear-no-evil-see-no-evil-speak-no-evil#1. The Problem of moral and natural Evil (!)
The family read through the World Vision Children’s Bible and discussed its true stories of global suffering caused by the two types of evil (natural – as in natural disasters) and moral (seen in wars and abuses of power).

Over time, the children realized that the problem of evil is not quickly solved – but they were learning how to think it through and search out God’s perspective rather than pretend it doesn’t exist.

#2. Kids’ Question Night
The family has one night of the week where there is no Bible story or lesson planned for family devotions. Instead, they discuss whatever questions the children have. Because this is where kids already have questions, this is probably the best place to start – not to mention the value of communicating to children that their questions matter and are important to their parents.


owl-family#2. Apologetics Books for Kids: the Young Defenders Series
There are currently two books in this illustrated series:
How Do We Know God is Really There?
and
How Do We Know God Created Life?
third bookHow Do We Know Jesus is Alive? is due out by spring, 2015.

Melissa Cain Travis of Hard-Core Christianity is the talented and well-qualified author, and the engaging illustrations are by Christopher Voss. There aren’t a whole lot of reviews on Amazon yet, but the consensus seems to be that the theology is very sound and explained in a way that little kids will understand and enjoy.


#3. Browse a List of over 100 Apologetics Resources for 2-yr olds to Teens
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The International  Society of Women in Apologetics has compiled a comprehensive list of trusted resources, organized by age categories. This has all the classics and includes books, websites, multimedia, and curricula.

Access the full list here.

 


More later…
There are way more than three great resources for kids out there, but that’s all we have time for today. Before I head back down the road in search of more premium, free, and accessible resources, I’d like to pray for the children of this generation all over the world:


Good Shepherd,
We know that you care particularly for the littlest of the lambs in your kingdom. Help us to take good care of them for you, and, when we fail, please send your angels to keep them in all their ways. Thank you that you watch over them personally, and that you can lead them and comfort them when we cannot. We pray for the little people we know, and for the ones that, seemingly, nobody knows. There are children who are unknown and unloved, and our hearts break for them – help them to know that they are not forgotten by you. Send them whispers of your love. And, Father, we pray that you would raise up mighty-spirited children in this next generation who would love you with pure and strong hearts. We pray that many more tools for truth would be created by your people, and that all young people, in all lands, would have the opportunity to hear the truth. We pray that many millions would come to you and be adopted into your forever family. Thank you, Jesus – we know that you would not have the little ones sent away, but that you would have them come, and be blessed. Amen.


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One thought on “3 Apologetics Tools for Little Kids

  1. I needed this little wake-up call! My three year old has been asking me questions about everything lately including ones about our faith and God, and I should definitely capitalize on her interest and inquisitiveness now and start focusing on apologetics with her! I love Natasha’s “kid’s question night” idea, and I would love to check out the books you’ve mentioned. I like the idea of having some picture books in my daughter’s library that teach Christian ideals and reasoning. Fairy tales are wonderful, but religion is even more wonderful and also deserves some reading time attention!

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