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, May 9, 2015

Rob is a Guest on Theology Matters with the Pellews: Apologetics in Evangelism


This past Thursday, I had the privilege to be interviewed on the Theology Matters with the Pellews podcast hosted by my good friend Devin Pellew.  Devin and Melissa Pellew are full time missionaries with Ratio Christi serving at UNC Winthrop.  They also are actively involved in reaching out to the faculty at UNC Winthrop and have a great work among the churches and in the local correctional facility.   

I was interviewed by Devin on the first segment of Theology Matters on the subject of the need for apologetics in evangelism. In this segment, we address the role of apologetics being needed in a typical evangelistic scenario where the person does not accept the Bible as authoritative for salvation and that in those times we need to put the brakes on the gospel to clear the road to get the person to the gospel.  Apologetics in this case becomes the handmaiden to evangelism.

For those of you who have some of the common issues about trying to get apologetics a hearing in your church, or if you would like to know what apologetics is all about, and how it can impact your evangelism, please contact us at the Real Issue Apologetics Ministry and we would love to assist you or your church in the equipping of the saints to engage the cultural setting where they are located.

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