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.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Nature of Apologetics in a Morally Suicidal Culture

One of the things gnawing at me lately is trying to find a way to break the thinking most believers have about apologetics.[1]  Just from conversations over the last several months, some believers have this impression that when we address the subject of apologetics, we are talking about a special discipline for a special select group of Christians.  This is not true.

Still some others have the impression that a person needs to be "ready" as if to have a certain level of spiritual maturity, before tackling questions that they may have had before coming to faith in Christ.  and that having an apologetics program is a like having an "upgraded software package" that upgrades the Christianity 101 course.[2]