March is Women’s History Month. To honor this, the Baltimore Christianity Column will be featuring the profiles of talented and accomplished women in the field of Christian Apologetics all month. These are trained, professional, and accomplished women who championChristianity through their expertise in fields such as philosophy, history, and science.
Lori Peters is a woman who has seen her fair share of hardships. Despite her Christian upbringing, an early indiscretion led to her becoming a pregnant teenager and a single mother at the age of 17. She married after her fiance graduated Air Force Academy, only to be told by doctors that she would never be able to have children again.
While this heartbreaking shock proved to be false, she continued to have chronic issues with her health, and one of her next six pregnancies resulted in the loss of the child after 14 weeks:
“I was incensed as to why would God allow this kind of suffering. I was angry and hurt for many weeks and really ignored God. Thankfully, His faithfulness and consistent promptings from the Holy Spirit broke my stubbornness and I turned to Him. My heart still aches even eight years later, but I know my God is still with me.”
It is possibly this struggle that has led to Lori’s heart and focus in her defense of the Christian faith:
“I am passionate about two particular areas of apologetics. The first is bioethics. Having been faced with the decision to carry to term, serving as a volunteer and then a pregnancy center director, I strongly defend the unborn and helping women.
“The second area that I am really focusing on is the problem of evil. I find the emotional problem of evil to be one of the greatest barriers to following Christ. I also believe that often times we place too much responsibility on God to either prevent suffering or to find some good outcome as a result of horrendous evil. This misunderstanding creates doubt and anger towards the only one who can truly bring lasting comfort.”
This duel focus - bioethics and the problem of pain – has caused Lori to spend time reconciling the emotional aspects of faith with the logical and reasoning aspects of apologetics. She describes herself as a “singing apologist”:
“I work both in apologetics and as a worship leader. Often apologists are considered too intellectual and worship leaders too emotional. My love for both allows me to teach others to worship the Lord with all the heart and all the mind – together. I also think that being in worship ministry helps me to see past others’ intellectual barriers and get down to the heart issue that prevents them from giving their lives to Jesus.”
While Lori is a devoted wife and mother, she is also one of the few females to lead a chapter of the College Apologetics group, Ratio Christi.
"I think one particular challenge is that there are only a few, but fabulous, female apologist mentors. For some women it can be daunting to take on a male dominated field or attend male heavy conferences. I think this is changing but I would like to see more plenary speakers filled with qualified women so that other women would be encouraged to attend these great conferences."
As a female apologist, Lori hopes to meet the need for female mentors in the field:
“I think that as women like me continue to fill the higher academic slots as students and professors we show the world that apologetics is for everybody and that Christianity does not suppress the education of women. I also think it brings new ideas and new creativity in defending the faith in a world that is constantly changing.”