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.

Mission / Vision


The primary mission of the Real Issue Apologetics Ministry (RIAM) is to engage the skeptic and equip the believer with the credibility of the gospel and the truth claims of the Christian faith.  Distinctive in its strong evangelistic and apologetic foundation, this ministry intends to touch both the heart and the intellect of those thinkers and influencers in our culture. 


Our vision is to build a team of apologists with servant hearts and minds, focused toward a fourfold thrust of evangelism, apologetics, spiritual disciplines, and training, so that the mandate of 1 Peter 3:15 might be fulfilled: to set apart Christ in our hearts as Lord and always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, with gentleness and respect, all for the glory of God.

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