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What Is Apologetics?


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Apologetics is the reasoned defense and commendation of the faith.  It is grounded in the Apostle Peter’s exhortation to the early Christian community:

“Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense [apologia] to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Pet 3:15, ESV

Apologetics seeks to engage those outside the faith with the hope of the gospel in an attitude of reverence and gentleness.  It seeks to defend the truth of the Christian gospel against the arguments of unbelief and to proclaim Christ as the way, truth, and life (2 Cor 10:4-6, John 14:6).  Apologetics uses a variety of arguments, including direct appeals to Scripture, dismantling of unbelief on its own grounds, and the witness of history, all within the worldview rooted in God’s nature and revelation.