Solving the Problem of Privatization

incarnational_apologetics_JR_Miller-120x120In this part of my ongoing series on Incarnational Apologetics, I want to explore the four key problems:

  1. Secularization
  2. Pluralization
  3. Privatization
  4. Polarization

Today’s video post picks up with a discussion of Privatization. So what is Privatization?  David Wells in  his book, “No Place for Truth”:

It is axiomatic that secularism strips life of the divine, but it is important to see that it does so by relocating the divine into that part of life which is private.

I define it as follows:

Privatization is the process through which individuals consent to remove all views of God, faith and practice from the public resulting in a loss of personal meaning and corporate shame.

This video goes on to define some of the challenges and solutions Christians must embrace if we are to embrace an incarnational apologetic.



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About Dr. J.R. Miller

Dr. J.R. Miller is an adjunct professor living in San Diego, California with his wife and three sons. Joe has a diverse educational background; B.A.E from Pennsylvania State University, M.Div. from Oral Roberts University, and D.Min. from Biola University. He is an author of 7 books, an avid blogger at, & host of a weekly radio show at

  • John Moore

    Wait, you said, “Today’s video post picks up with a discussion of Privatization.” But the video doesn’t mention privatization at all. Please give us the right video. I’m especially interested in this idea of privatization.

    • J.R. Miller

      Hi @disqus_o63Z0grPLj:disqus, sorry about that. I updated the link to the correct video.

  • John Moore

    OK, thanks. I was glad to hear your suggested solution at the end – to live the doctrines of the Bible at home, in church and in the world – and that we should “lovingly engage people in your marketplace.”

    What about in the government, though? I think that’s the big issue these days, about how far we can go to legislate Christian values. Or also, how we can lovingly engage non-Christian people without antagonizing them and being called bigots.

    • J.R. Miller

      You are welcome.

      In regards to politics, I think we are blessed to live in a country where we can vote our conscience, but I do not believe we should invest our money or passion into politics. Jesus’ model was to bring transformation from the inside out by his death and resurrection.

      Two posts on this that may help you understand my viewpoint: