As Christian thought and influence float closer toward the falls you should hopefully hear a lot more churches and ministries speak up and call the saints to contend for the faith. (Jude 3). If so, you’re going to want to figure what all this confusing stuff about apologetics is about—sooner, rather than later.
Apologetics comes from the Greek word (ἀπολογία) apologia. In our context, it means “to give a defense” of the Christian faith. Think of a lawyer in the court of law giving a defense—a reason. Followers of Christ are commanded in scripture to “give a defense” of the faith in 1 Peter 3:15:
[B]ut in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense [apologetic] to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect . . .”1 Peter 3:15 ESV
Is there a proper way for Christians to defend the truth of the Christian faith—a proper methodology?
The ministry, “Explain Apologetics” is hosting a live dialogue with four prominent apologists (see below), focusing on “how should we do apologetics?” There will be Q&A! July 17 at 7pm EST.
Explain Apologetics was founded by Mark Tan and Samuel Nesan. Their ministry was designed to meet the needs of the local church in Malaysia. You can read more about them on their website and follow their Facebook page.
This should be a great event for teens and adults.
Dr. James White (Presuppositional apologetics)
Presuppositional apologetics or Presuppositionalism is a school of Christian apologetics that believes the Christian faith is the only basis for rational thought. It presupposes that the Bible is divine revelation and attempts to expose flaws in other worldviews.
Dr. Jonathan McLatchie (Evidential apologetics)
Evidential apologetics or evidentialism is an approach to Christian apologetics emphasizing the use of evidence to demonstrate that God exists. The evidence is supposed to be evidence both the believer and nonbeliever share, that is to say one need not presuppose God’s existence.
Dr. Randal Rauser (Reformed epistemology)
Reformed epistemology is a thesis about the rationality of religious belief. A central claim made by the reformed epistemologist is that religious belief can be rational without any appeal to evidence or argument.
Dr. Richard Howe (Classical Apologetics)
Classical apologetics emphasizes the presentation of Christianity as rational—as logically coherent and supportable by sound arguments—and offers what its advocates consider proofs of various types (though especially philosophical proofs) for the existence of God as a first step in defending the truth claims of the Christian faith.