Apologetics

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Apologetics (from Greek ἀπολογία, “speaking in defense”) is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of information. Christian apologetics is a field of Christian theology which attempts to present a rational basis for the Christian faith, defending the faith against objections. Christian apologetics have taken many forms over the centuries, starting with Paul the Apostle in the early church. The apostle Paul spoke of his ministry as “the defense and confirmation of the gospel. The Bible says we are to be ready to defend our faith. Christian Apologetics is something every true believer should be involved in even if it is only a little.

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;” (1 Peter 3:15).

Apologetics is a word that is often misunderstood, as if it means ‘apologising’ for one’s faith. The word, however, derives its meaning from the Greek apologia, meaning a ‘reasoned defence’. Throughout the history of the church, Christians have been called upon to explain why we believe what we believe.

So, what is apologetics, anyway, and what is it supposed to do? Apologetics has been defined as “the science and art of defending the faith.” It is chiefly concerned with the question of the truth of Jesus Christ. In the days of the Greeks, when someone was summoned to court to face a charge, he would present an “apology” or a defense. For Christians, this might mean answering the question, “Why do you believe that Jesus is God?” or a question more often heard today, “Why do you think Christians have the truth?” So, apologetics is first of all defense. It has come to include more than just defense, however. Not only is the truth of our beliefs an issue, but also the beliefs others hold. A second task of apologetics is to challenge other people to defend their beliefs. A third task of apologetics is to present a case for the truth of the biblical message. One might call this task “proving” Christianity. If this seems to be too ambitious a goal, we might speak simply of persuading people of the truth of the biblical message.

Course Assignment:

All of Wicket Gate Bible College courses are essay courses that require independent study and a term paper/essay. Please read at least ten resources on this topic and then write a ten page essay discussing a summary of your resources and your personal opinion on the subjec