a word derived from the Greek word apologia, which
means to give a reasoned defense (1 Pet. 3:15). In
Biblical context, apologetics is a branch of Christian
theology and philosophy through which the Christian
mind expresses itself in the task of evangelism.
to provide rational grounds for believing the truth
claims of Christianity in whole or in part and to respond
to objections raised against the true knowledge of God
in whole or in part in the Christian faith (2
is the vindication of Christian truth claims and philosophy
of life against the various forms of non-Christian philosophies
of life. It is the responsibility of every Christian
to be equipped in some knowledge and use of apologetics.
The work of apologetics
should include the following three dimensions: (a) Apologetics
as proof - presenting a rational basis for faith that
confronts unbelief in the believer as well as in the
unbeliever; (b) Apologetics as defense - answering the
objections and overcoming the barriers of unbelief;
(c) Apologetics as offense - demonstrating or revealing
the foolishness of unbelieving thought and world-views
in conflict with the Christian faith.
stress that God is interested in the character of the
Christian and in the manner in which truth is communicated.
The Christian must speak the truth in love, not being
quarrelsome, able to teach, correcting the error with
gentleness, kindness, patience, and humility. (2