A good friend of mine, who is a bishop in my stake, just called and asked me to prepare a fireside on apologetics for his youth. This is something the youth requested themselves in their bishop’s youth council.
I’ve done firesides like this for adults in the past, but this will be the first time I will have done one specifically addressed to high school age teens. I am soliciting your thoughts on how I might best approach this.
Some initial off the cuff thoughts I have are:
1. I’ll explain what apologetics is, of course.
2. I’ll stress not being overly defensive. Our persecution complex often leads us to see questions as veiled attacks, whereas often they reflect simple curiousity.
3. The value of humor.
4. There is no shame in saying “I don’t know,” and it is better to do that than to just make up something on the spot.
5. I’m sure I’ll cover some substantive topics, such as polygamy, which is probably the biggest one for teens as well as adults. My impression is that for kids the issues are more based in lifestyle issues (WoW, premarital sex, gay rights, etc.) rather than some of the philosophical kinds of issues (Calvinism and TULIP, for example) that adults sometimes talk about. Do you share that impression? What topics would be worthwhile to discuss with the young people?
Any thoughts about how to do this well appreciated.