What is “apologetics”?

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, "apologetics" is the "formal argumentation in defense of something, such as a position or system." A Christian "apologetic" is not an apology as we usually use the term, that is, to say you are sorry for something. An apologetics ministry does just the opposite. We use the word "apology" in the sense that we give a defense of the Christian faith. We answer people's questions about the truth of the gospel. To the questions of the skeptic and the believer we offer an apologetic - we give an answer - to the counterclaims of secularism and other worldviews. We try to demonstrate that the claims of Jesus are true, make sense intellectually, and offer the best picture of our world and of reality.

Peter urged Christians in his letter, "But in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense (Gk. apologia) to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence." (1 Peter 3:15). The word apologetics is a transliteration from the Greek word apologia.

Ravi has shared, “The asking of questions is common to humanity. The Christian apologist’s task is twofold: first, to be able to answer those questions with gentleness and respect; and second, to clarify truth claims. Truth is often ambiguous or unclear, and people don’t understand the terms anymore, so the task of Christian apologetics in our times is very needed. C. S. Lewis used to say the question is not as a Christian whether you do apologetics or not, but the question is whether you do it well or not. So everybody is an apologist, knowledgeably or unwittingly. Our whole ministry is geared to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, undergirded by apologetics. Apologetics is not the substance of what we do; it is the means through which we give the substance of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. And we do this all over the globe, in hundreds of venues a year.”

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