Fifteen years after I warned him both in person and by mail that he needed to do something -- Josh McDowell had the light go on in his head.
In an article (link below), McDowel is reported as saying:
The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have... whether you like it or not...
Later on he is quoted as saying that all of this is "just beginning." No it's not. It was beginning long before that, even before I warned him, in fact. I was using databases that worked like Google when googol was still just a number (and was spelled differently). I'm not saying I predicted the Internet any more than Al Gore invented it. But it wasn't hard to see that it would become important to collate and collect information in defense of the Christian faith, and I was doing my best to do that from the start.
McDowell didn't pay any attention to this. Oh, sure, he says, he "made the statement off and on for 10-11 years that the abundance of knowledge, the abundance of information, will not lead to certainty; it will lead to pervasive skepticism." I never heard him say that, but even if he did, he sure didn't do anything about it.
Yes, he's right that the Internet has levelled the playing field; such it is that any idiot can get online and be believed by other idiots. YouTube is proof of that. And I've ranted enough on the Forge about how we've gotten to places like that far later than we should have, so I won't repeat that all here. Suffice to say that McDowell himself is one of the people riding in the caboose, and all this time has also been hanging his feet out of it dragging along the tracks.
McDowell's also worried about pornography, and that's a good thing. I do think that sort of social concern should be his niche, rather than apologetics. But the sort of neglect he and others have performed over the past 15 years is now coming back to haunt us.
If God were to grant me one wish for myself (not for the world at large), you know what it would be? I'd ask Him to take the Dell Inspiron notebook I'm typing this on, and send it back to my 1996 self, with all of my apologetics articles on it. It sure would be fun to pre-empt all the Skeptics out there with refutations of articles they hadn't written yet, and also be ahead of the game on YouTube when it starts (most of my vids are on the notebook too). Actually though, if McDowell had listened to me, the results might have been much closer to that time travel scenario.
It's too bad things are so bad that that is my fondest wish.