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, August 31, 2009

What is meant by a priori and a posteriori

The terms used to describe the logical status of propositions and arguments with respect to their dependence upon, or independence from, sense experiences. An a priori proposition is one that can be determined to be true independently of sense experience. The statement "all bachelors are unmarried men" is a statement that is independent of empirical testing. A bachelor by definition is an unmarried man.

An a posteriori proposition is one that known on the basis of sense experience.