I remember coming across an enormous spider’s web a few months back. The intricacy of the web was simply astounding. Each strand of the web interwove with an uncountable number of other stands. A single strand of spider’s web is a marvelous thing–stronger than steel, lighter than a feather. Even so, no solitary strand would inspire as much wonder as the entire web did as it glistened with morning dew.
Theology is much like that spider’s web. All aspects of it interconnect with innumerable other theological topics. And while a single strand in glorious in and of itself, the wonder it produces is multiplied when we draw back and consider its place in the web as a whole.
This reality has profound application to competitive Apologetics speaking. While speaking on a solitary “strand” (topic) is perfectly acceptable, it is often beneficial to bring other strands to the judges’ attention in order to expand their understanding of and appreciation for the original strand.
In addition to benefiting the judges, this multi-strand system enables you to understand the connections within theology as well as lowers the number of Apologetics cards you need to write. It is in no way ethically questionable or dishonest to have one Apologetics card that addresses several different Apologetics topics, as long as those strands of theology are genuinely connected and help to elucidate one another.
That’s the fundamental idea of the Conceptual Organizational System. By organizing the 100+ official Apologetics topics into 25 concepts (which could just as easily be called “sections of the web of theology”), the system establishes the links between various theological topics, simultaneously reducing your workload and increasing your understanding.
To properly utilize the “web of theology” in-round, an Apologist must grasp one key aspect of this approach. I’ll identify and address that aspect in my next post.