In my house, we sometimes joke that Google is omniscient. While that may not be a good joke to tell in an Apologetics round, it gets my point across: In terms of human knowledge, Google knows it all.
When I research for Apologetics, my typical first action is to type the topic into Google. I’ll click on the first few links just to get a feel for the topic. If a quote is especially helpful, I’ll paste it into the document I have open.
For example, one of the cards I wrote recently is on the topic “What is the meaning and significance of Jesus as the Word of God?” The image below is part of the first page of search results.
Here’s what my research process looks like: The first result on the list is a website with audio files from theologians such as Alistair Begg and R.C. Sproul. Because I just want to get a quick overview of the topic, I go back to all the results.
The second result is more what I’m looking for. It’s from gotquestions.org (stay tuned for more on that website in a future post), which is a great resource for Apologetics. It explains how the apostle John’s describing Jesus as the Logos would have helped his readers comprehend his meaning.
The third result is the Wikipedia article on the topic — not generally the place you want to get your theology, but it can be helpful in getting a general understanding of a topic. When I think I have a good idea of what the topic means, I outline the card and start to write.
One important point to keep in mind is that Google does not differentiate between good and bad theology. You have to ensure that whatever sources you’re quoting have correct theology. If I quote a website I haven’t heard of before, I will always go and check the “About Us” page or, if they have one, their Statement of Faith. If all else fails, I’ll just read some of the other articles — bad theology loves company.
No, Google isn’t really omniscient. But if you want a lot of information in a short amount of time, Google is the place to go.