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.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Passing of One of the "Four Horsemen"

Back in April of this year, I posted a blog on Christopher Hitchens' defiance of God and the afterlife in the face of death.  We have just received the news from some in our apologetics community that Christopher has passed.  Even though Christopher was an ardent defender of the "new atheism" we are saddened by his passing, and can only hope that his physician treating him for his esophageal cancer was able to share why he believed in the truth of the Christian faith.  He will be missed even by those of us on the side of  believing faith. 

Our prayers go out to the family and those who are today mourning the loss of Christopher Hitchens (
13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011).  The following is the article from Reuters bringing the news.

(Reuters) - British-born journalist and atheist intellectual Christopher Hitchens, who made the United States his home and backed the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, died on Thursday at the age of 62.

Hitchens died in Houston of pneumonia, a complication of cancer of the esophagus, Vanity Fair magazine said.

"Christopher Hitchens - the incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant - died today at the age of 62," Vanity Fair said.

A heavy smoker and drinker, Hitchens cut short a book tour for his memoir "Hitch 22" last year to undergo chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer.

As a journalist, war correspondent and literary critic, Hitchens carved out a reputation for barbed repartee, scathing critiques of public figures and a fierce intelligence.

In his 2007 book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," Hitchens took on major religions with his trenchant atheism. He argued that religion was the source of all tyranny and that many of the world's evils have been done in the name of religion.  See the rest of the article here

Read:  "Christopher Hitchens STILL Defiant in the Face of Death" (April 25, 2011)

NPR:   Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62
NY Times:   Polemicist Who Slashed All, Free, With Wit. . .

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