How should you answer a fool? Should you answer him at all?

Answer the Fool

Answer the Fool

“Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be wise in his own eyes.” (Proverbs 26-4-5, ESV)

So which is it, should you answer a fool according to his folly, or shouldn’t you? Is this a contradiction in the Bible? Remember that the Law of Non-Contradiction asserts that two opposing statements cannot both be true AT THE SAME TIME and IN THE SAME SENSE. The key to understanding this verse is to realize that this passage is using the same statement twice, but in two totally difference senses (or meanings).”

The fool needs to be shown the foolishness of his argument, but you don’t need to use a foolish argument (or method) to reach him.

There are three primary approaches to Christian apologetics:

  1. Presuppositional Apologetics
  2. Classical Apologetics
  3. Evidential Apologetics

The main branch of Presuppositional Approach to Apologetics was largely formulated by Cornelius Van Til. His student, Greg Bahnsen (Francis Schaeffer, John Frame and R.J. Rushdoony were other students of Van Til) picked up the baton and brought Presuppositional Apologetics into the 1980’s and 1990’s as a force to be reckoned with. Bahnsen died young in 1995, and in the new millennium, a lot of younger Christians have never heard of the Presuppositional Approach.

Sye Ten Bruggencate

Sye Ten Bruggencate

Well, enter Canadian apologist, Sye Ten Bruggencate. The one thing this guy will not often be accused of is being timid! He has produced, through American Vision in Atlanta, a fast-paced video that distills the teachings of Van Til (who was REALLY hard to understand), and Bahnsen, into terms that the average Joe American can understand.

His argument is that the skeptic DOESN’T need more evidence. He argues from Romans 1 that the skeptic already has all the information he needs to know there is a God. His problem is not an intellectual problem. His problem is a rebellion problem. He doesn’t WANT to acknowledge God or submit to Him. This is a radically different approach than one that assumes that the skeptic just hasn’t been given adequate evidence.

If you are interested in Evangelism and/or Christian Apologetics, I am going to encourage you to watch this video.

How To Answer The Fool – Trailer from Crown Rights on Vimeo.

This video includes a section with Eric Hovind of Creation Today and an endorsement from Jason Lisle of the Institute for Creation Research.

To purchase this video and the accompanying study guide, please order here:

This project needs to be part of your Christian Apologetics library. It will challenge your assumptions and compel you to take every thought captive and make it obedient to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker. He is the Director of Family Renewal, LLC, and the Site Editor for