“The apologetics of the 1970s and ’80s are useful if you are teaching in a church camp, but it’s not that relevant to the claims the New Atheists are making, which are very different. The New Atheists are really surfing the waves of 9/11, equating Islamic radicalism with Christianity. These are not questions addressed by C.S. Lewis or Josh McDowell.” Dinesh D’Souza, author of What’s So Great About Christianity?

This Christianity Today article describes an unexpected surge of interest in apologetics. Read more here. Keep in mind how effective and accommodating your small groups and small group ministries can be in equipping members to counter the arguments of the New Atheists. Be very intentional in your Bible study. An understanding of the differences between community and redemptive community is also crucial.