But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, NIV 1 Peter 3:15
What is Christian Apologetics
Apologetics (from Greek απολογία, "speaking in defense") is the discipline of defending a position (usually religious) through the systematic use of reason. Early Christian writers who defended their faith against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called apologists. In modern times, apologists refers to authors, writers, editors or academic journals, and leaders known for defending the points in arguments, conflicts or positions that receive great popular scrutinies or are minority views.
Christian apologetics is a field of Christian theology that aims to present a rational basis for the Christian faith, defend the faith against objections, and expose the perceived flaws of other world views.
Some christians don't like apologetics. They claim that it tries to do the work of the Holy Spirit by man's power of reason. No amount of logic will cause a person to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. This will always be the work of the Holy Spirit, to soften hearts towards God. I see apologetics as a way to strengthen the faith of a believer. God created emotions but He also created reason. If a person's faith is just based on emotions, what will happen when they feel bad? They may doubt that God is who He says He is. But if by reason, we know that God is who He says He is. Our feelings will not cause our faith in Him to decrease. So God can be seen for who He is by logic and emotions. I needed the logic side of faith to trust completely. God met me where I was, but only He knows where He is taking me.
Common Questions & Answers
Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
Here are some widely accepted accounts of what happen surrounding Jesus' death and what happen afterwards.
Use your own ability to reason what could have caused these results.
Objection; Miracles are not possible.
The success of modern science in describing the world in terms of cosmic regularity has led some to rule out miracles as an outmoded and impossible concept. This is an unwarranted philosophical assumption and not a scientific conclusion. Philosophy cannot dogmatically forbid miracles apart from proving that there is no reality outside of nature. Once God's existence is granted as a possibility, miracles can't be dismissed out-of-hand. Rather, whether or not a given miracle has occurred becomes a historical matter that calls for investigation.
Did the disciples see hallucinations?
On one point virtually all scholars of every description agree, the first disciples were themselves utterly convinced they had seen the risen Christ. The Christian gospel message about the death and resurrection of Christ breathes through virtually every New Testament document. So the real question is, how do we account for their obvious conviction? Were they just hallucinating? While perhaps at first sounding plausible, many factors contradict such a notion. To name a few: