What is Apologetics?
Apologetics is simply following the biblical command to give an answer for the hope that is within us that we find in 1 Peter 3:15. In the greek, the word we translate as “defense” or “answer” is apologia, which is where we get the word apologetics.
When we seek to give reasons for why we find Christianity to be true, we are engaging in apologetics, and following the precedent set by Christians throughout history, and numerous people in the Bible, like Jesus, Paul, and Peter.
The good news is that you don’t need to be a professional to effectively engage in apologetics! You don’t necessarily need to know all sorts of complex, philosophical arguments in order to do apologetics.
Apologetics is sort of like a toolbox, and the more approaches and answers to questions that you throw in there, the better off you will be. We are seeking to answer why we believe what we believe about God, the Bible, Jesus, and reality.
Why Does it Matter?
Apologetics is two-fold. It helps us in our evangelism, when we encounter people who believe differently than we do, and they ask us questions about our worldview. It also helps us in our walk with Christ, because it serves to strengthen our faith when we learn that there are a wealth of good reasons to believe the way that we do!
In the coming weeks, I hope to answer a wide variety of questions related to Christianity. Questions about our faith are healthy and welcomed, and we should never have to be afraid because the Truth is on our side!
Does God exist? Did Jesus rise from the dead? Are there contradictions in the Bible? Hasn’t science gotten rid of the need for faith? Isn’t all truth relative? Does evolution defeat creation? Are miracles possible? If God exists, why is there so much evil in the world? Is Jesus the only way? What about Atheism/Mormonism/Islam etc.?
These are some of the questions that we are going to seek to give credible answers to, so that we can feel confident engaging the world we live in. If you want to get a single resource that is a very readable introduction into a very wide range of apologetics questions, I would recommend the Holman Quicksource Guide to Christian Apologetics by Doug Powell.