Christian apologetics is that branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.
1 Peter 3:15 - 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.
"The Christian faith has never been without its critics. Criticisms from every source have been leveled against Christianity since its inception. It is remarkable that after experiencing almost 2,000 years of such criticism the Christian faith continues to thrive as a viable life and world view. Philosophies and alternative religious systems that have sought to supplant Christianity have come and gone. Current philosophical "isms" tend to have a very short life span. Yet classic objections to Christianity continue to be raised. Some of the objections are raised in a spirit of prejudice and hostility. Others are raised out of a genuine attempt to resolve very perplexing issues and mysteries." - R.C Sproul - Reason to Believe
"My method: to stand for the truth as persuasively, intelligently, clearly and carefully as I can with kindness and gentleness and trust God to work in the process." - Gregory Koukl
1. Because we are commanded to defend the faith (1 Peter 3:15) 2. Because it helps Christians know their faith. 3. Apologetics is an attempt to keep people out of hell. 4. To counter the bad image that Christianity has received in the media and in culture. 5. Because there is a constant threat of apostasy in the visible Christian church. 6. Because of the many false teachings out there. 7. The rise of immorality in America is a threat not only to society but also to Christianity. 8. Because schools are not friendly to Christianity. - Matthew Slick, www.carm.org
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