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.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

My Quick Response to President Obama's Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast


You know Mr. President, it never ceases to amaze me how our Presidents try to be historians and theologians in chief, whenever something bad happens in the name of religion. You take the cake, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast. 
In your talk at the National Prayer Breakfast you mention 500 years of the Medieval and Spanish Inquisitions resulted in approximately 6000 deaths; and the last 9 months there have been over 10,000 murdered in Iraq and Syria by ISIS. This is the olde, "look at what has been done in the name of religion" spiel. 
Let's admit, Mr. President these are truly atrocities. However the latter atrocities committed by "Islamic terrorists" is far worse than the former. 
Nine months? 10,000 Lives? Mr. President ideas have consequences. Religion or no religion, don't be putting the full culpability on the history of Christianity and not look at the history of western civilization over the last century. Be honest, (it might be hard for you) Mr. President, you want to talk historical events, do the roll call with me here:
Josef Stalin                                         42,672,000 lives
Chiang-Kai-shek                                 10,214,000 lives
Mao Tse Tung                                      37,828,000 lives
Vladimir Lenin                                       4,017,000 lives
Pol Pot                                                     2,397.000 lives
Hideki Tojo                                              3,990,000 lives
and last but not least Adolf Hitler          20,946,000 lives.
All this said Mr. President, if you don't start calling ISIS' atrocities "Islamic terrorism," if you don't stop soft selling what is going on over in the Middle East, I am horrified to think that that number of 10,000 lives in nine months is going to escalate to the level of the one's on the list. 

Lord help us

1 comment:

Andy Hugos said...

Rob, Good observations regarding historical facts. We all do well to remember that if acts against humanity happened in the past we want now to learn to take right action and prevent further such acts from occurring, rather than allowing the past to become justification for the present if both are wrong. At the beginning of Holocaust remembrance week at West Point last month Ruth Minsky Senderowicz, an Auschwitz survivor, concluded her presentation by saying that if we're bystanders, we're just as guilty as perpetrators -- we're called to be actively engaged in creating a better world. Speaking at the West Point National Prayer Breakfast on 24 February, Rabbi Sandford L. Dresin, a Vietnam veteran, pointed out that we seek open debate and the test of ideas through dialogue, whereas terrorists take upon themselves the authority to judge and condemn those who challenge their ideas. At the breakfast LTG Robert Caslen, the USMA Superintendent, personally welcomed each attendee in the spirit of 3 John 1:15. The breakfast began at 0 dark 30, and the sun rose over the Hudson behind the speakers podium revealing the glory of God and His creation.

Spiritually strong!
Andy Hugos