Apologetics Awareness Week is next week! What is Apologetics Awareness Week? The purpose of Apologetics Awareness Week - September 10-17, 2017 - is two fold. First it is to motivate and inspire Christians to promote apologetics in their local area, online, and within their sphere of influence. Second it is to unite the apologetics community in promoting rational faith in the church, Christian schools, and throughout the culture. You can help with this effort by networking intentionally, particularly through social media during this week. And don’t forget the power of personal, face-to-face communication, especially with your church’s leadership.
What is Apologetics?
Apologetics is a spiritual discipline of making a rational defense of Christianity. It comes from the Greek word apologia (ἀπολογία), which was a forensic term meaning to make a legal defense in a court. The Bible commands every believer to engage in apologetics in 1 Peter 3:15 and gives examples of Jesus and the apostles engaging in presenting reasons.
Modern apologetics is not just about defending creation versus evolution. Apologetics also covers an array of topics such as the historical reliability of the Bible, morality, science, philosophy, Christian doctrines, and many many more, so there is something for everyone. It incorporates the use of reason, good philosophy, scientific evidence, and history to show that Christianity is true so that people can accept the Gospel message that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose on the third day according to the Scriptures.
What VALUE is Apologetics to the Church?
Apologetics is valuable for believers and unbelievers. For believers, it is a way to love God with not just your heart and your soul, but also with your mind (Mark 12:30). As believers we are called to take every thought captive to the obedience to Christ (2 Cor 10:4-5). Apologetics helps us learn about God and Scripture, give us confidence to share and talk about your faith intelligently, and strengthen your faith by removing doubt.
For unbelievers, apologetics can help you remove intellectual barriers to faith and have a logically consistent worldview. Since Jesus did apologetics, we know that Holy Spirit can and often does use evidence to draw the skeptic closer to seeing that Christianity is a reasonable faith and that the claims of Christ are worth consideration.
How Do We Hope to Be a Part of This Week Here in "the Burg?"
We are hoping to be a part of Apologetics Awareness Week by contacting the Local LifeWay Store and letting them know that Ratio Christi at Germanna is present on the campus and that we are seeking to put a chapter at the University of Mary Washington. Will you help us get the word out? If you would like to be a part of this project, please contact me on Facebook IM and let's set up a meet up to discuss how the Lord might use this. We need apologetics in the Fredericksburg and surrounding area.