“Apologetics” used to be a well-thought defense of one’s faith. Today, we are SO aware of different cultures and religions, SO aware of the ways Western society has hurt people through poor evangelism, that apologetics now means, “Yeah, I’m a Christian, sorry!” We definitely should learn from the terrible mistakes of the past, but we should never be ashamed of the gospel itself (Rom. 1:16-17).
John & Charles Wesley came to the American colonies (1735) with the hopes of converting the “noble savages” (sorry!), who John figured would be like “little children, eager and fit to receive the gospel in its simplicity” (sorry!). Chief Tomochichi of the Yamacraw had seen his father murdered by Spanish missionaries when he refused to be baptized. So Tom was wary, but willing to hear the Gospel from the Wesley’s. SIKE! When John & Charles went to meet with Tom at his village, they were stood up. John was disappointed, and ended up about 100% unsuccessful in his mission to the Native Americans.