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, January 21, 2016

What is it About Apologetics That We Do Not Understand?

"What am I apologizing for about my faith?" "Don't you know that you cannot argue someone into the Kingdom of Heaven?" "I don't need apologetics!" "We don't need apologetics training in our church."  

Ever hear objections like these about apologetics? These are just a few of several that I will not answer in this posting.  All I will say is that when an objection is made against apologetics, the person making the objection now has the burden of proof on them to defend that position.  In other words they have to "give an answer back" as to why they believe their objection is true.

Now that my "health button" has been reset, I wanted to go back to the some basics and share with you a few ways to understand why apologetics is necessary in our present day.  For the purposes of this posting, I am going to address the subject by defining what we mean by apologetics and then show two important practical aspects for the believer and for the church at large.