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, February 20, 2012

The Reason to Rally for Truth: Loving Our Neighbors in Washington, D.C

If we can make this event we are sure to take part.  Should we be providentially hindered from participating, we want to let you know about the following event through this announcement from http://www.truereason.org.   Here is the entire announcement with edits to make it pertinent to this blog.

DID YOU KNOW THAT. . . .

Richard Dawkins, P.Z. Myers and other New Atheists are planning a “Reason Rally” in Washington, D.C. on March 24. They’re billing it as “the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history,” and they’re using it to trumpet their message that reasonable people reject belief in God.

We disagree.
Together, we represent Christians from the United States and around the world who believe that Christianity is a reasonable worldview. Our goal is to demonstrate a humble, loving and thoughtful response to the Reason Rally.  We’ll be equipped there with:
  • Gifts of kindness to give away–free bottled water, for example
  • Mini-book (32-page) summarized versions of Reason Really, an exciting soon-to-be-published ebook written especially for this purpose.
  • Flyers advertising that ebook.
  • A limited number of copies of a currently published book on Christianity and atheism.
Further details on these books are available on request.

Join the groups of like-minded apologists and thinkers in Washington!

Come join us there! We invite you to unite with us in a spirit of grace and truth (John 1:14, 1:18), ready to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15), with godly grace and wisdom (Col. 4:6).

This is not a counter-demonstration. We are going there to share Christ person to person as opportunity arises. We will not raise our voices. We will talk with those who want to talk with us. We will offer gifts and materials to all, but we will not press ourselves on those who do not wish to converse. Knowing that the way others may choose to gather near us is not entirely in our control, we will nevertheless attempt to avoid gathering groups larger than a handful of people.

Let us know how to contact you so we can share plans and resources.

Come fully equipped

We’ll provide you some advance training by way of Internet, so you will be prepared for interactions in this unique “Lion’s Den” environment.

The items you will have opportunity to share at the Reason Rally require some funding. We ask you to share in this by donating funds for what you will distribute there—and more than that, if possible, to help other ministries and individuals who will be there.


How Can I Help?

For now, there are three primary ways you can get involved!
First, join us in prayer. We are asking God to empower this loving, intelligent response to the Reason Rally. Our goal is to make a positive difference with each person we reach through this effort.
Second, join our contact list. This will allow us to keep you informed as plans progress for our response to the Reason Rally.
Third, consider making a donation. Even a small amount – $5, $20, or $50 – when pooled together, makes a big difference. We are seeking to raise a total of $5,000 for this outreach.

This united outreach is being led by:


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is the height of arrogance and obnoxiousness for evangelical christians to intrude on the Reason Rally.

As an atheist, I need to reexamine my policy of not interrupting the church services of evangelical christians.

If you need a teddy bear, crutch, or imanginary friend to get through the day, then hug your teddy, use your crutch and talk to your imaginary friend.
BUT
Don't for an instant think that everybody else is so needy that they too must rely on your teddy bear, crutch or imaginary god.

Offering training on how to survive this "lions den" isn't humble, loving, or thoughtful, it is arrogant, obnoxious, and rudely intrusive. I can sum up the best approach in two words: STAY HOME. You will not be welcome.

Rob Lundberg said...

Wow, thank you for your reading my blog! Please note that things like saying Christians have a crutch and that it is immature to believe in a deity that you cannot see are objections that don't hold a lot of water. Please keep an eye out for a response in a regular posting. I promise I will be cordial.