What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Monday, October 5, 2009

What is Agnosticism?

Agnosticism (a - no; gnosis - knowledge) holds the position that neither affirms belief in God (theism), nor denies the existence of God (atheism) but instead suspends judgment. This suspension of judgment is based upon a "lack of knowledge" or "no true knowledge" on God's existence or non existence.

It is beneficial to distinguish the "soft agnostic", who simply claims the inability to decide the question of God's reality from the "hard agnostic", who claims that no one can decide the question and that suspension is the only reasonable option. The soft agnostic is willing to listen to the evidences while the hard agnostic is not willing to hear the evidences that would assist in making a decision on God's existence.
(C. Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002, s.v., "agnosticism".)

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