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What is meant by the phrase Christian apologetics?

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Christian apologetics is a field of Christian theology that presents historical and evidence based reasons for Christianity. There are many who deny the existence of God and belief in the Bible, Christian apologetics is therefore the science that defends the Christian faith.

Truth is reasonable and is never afraid of the facts. Intelligent believers should be able to give reasons for what they believe and practice. Church members must be prepared to meet the challenges of the world’s keenest minds. Christian apologetics is based on 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” Another passage that is also used as a base for Christian apologetics is found in the book of Isaiah: “Come now, let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).

It is very important to add that whenever there is disagreement, truth must be  presented in the right spirit. Truth may be rejected if it is communicated in a superior, argumentative manner. The objective of truth is to make men Christ like. But if truth is not presented in a Christ like manner, it loses its effectiveness.

There are a variety of Christian apologetic schools of thought. The major types of Christian apologetics include the following categories: biblical, prophetic, doctrinal, moral, historical, legal, evidential, presuppositional, philosophical, and scientific.

Jesus’ last command to His disciples was that they would teach the gospel, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20). Therefore, it is not just the privilege of every Christian to know the truth but also his duty to give evidence to his faith in the Lord.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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