I recall when I was in seminary (Westminster Seminary California, 1992-96) that many of the young men used to sit around and debate the fine points of Van Tillian presuppositional apologetics for hours. They would be incredibly critical of any other form of apologetics, even other Reformed apologists like Francis Schaeffer or R. C. Sproul. The interesting thing was that it was a debate about the theory of apologetics. But the time and effort spent on getting the theory right was not matched by an equal zeal to actually use the theory in evangelizing unbelievers. Why? Because they were more interested (and I am guilty of this myself) of being right than in seeing sinners come to Christ. In other words, theological perfectionism had become an idol, whether it was the baser idol of wanting to look smart in the eyes of other seminary students, or the more refined idol of craving philosophical certainty about Christianity rather than having child-like trust in Christ.
The whole thing is worth reading.
Honestly, I’ve become less and less comfortable with apologetics in any form, so it might be easy to look down my nose at those who would agonize over the “proper” sort to “use,” but I have to ask whether I have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. It’s all well and good to believe (as I do) that real faith develops in and through relationships, not arguments, but unless I truly am investing myself in loving the people around me (Christian and non-Christian alike), that’s just an excuse not to evangelize at all.