Christian Apologetics: The Big Picture
The EFCC Apologetics ministry is all about the defending the faith we believe in. From small group discussions, classes and annual apologetics conferences, the Apologetics ministry exists to help each believer fight the good fight of faith and help provide them with effective arguments to defend their beliefs.
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Apologetics: A Definition
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. It is an effort to show that Christianity is not irrational, that believing in it is not against human reason, and that in fact it contains values and promotes ways of life more in accord with human nature than other faiths or beliefs. Christian apologetics has taken many forms over the centuries, starting with Paul of Tarsus, including writers such as Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas, and continuing currently with the modern Christian community, through the efforts of many authors in various Christian traditions such as C.S. Lewis and speakers such as Josh McDowell, William Lane Craig, and J. P. Moreland. Apologists have based their defense of Christianity on interpretations of historical/archaeological evidence, philosophical arguments, scientific investigation, and other disciplines.
Here at EFCC, the apologetics team has come up with a vision statement:
"The apologetics ministry exists to assist the EFCC community to identify ideas and issues that confront the believer and to enable the believers to articulate a systematic defense of Christianity and classical Christian values that is intellectually well-reasoned, fairly and clearly presented, in a patient and humble spirit, wherever they happen to engage the world."
Bible Verses for Apologetics
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."
In this verse, Peter challenges us to have our hearts right before we talk to other people about defending our faith. It says we should have thought about our faith before we interact with others. It requires us to have the correct attitude when we interact with others regarding our faith.
COLOSSIANS 2:8 - "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."
Here in Colossians, Paul warns us that there are bad ideas floating around which can take us captive. Instead, we can use good, logical apologetics as a defense to keep this from happening.
2 CORINTHIANS 10:5 - "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
In this passage, Paul says that we can use apologetics as an offensive weapon, which can destroy bad ideas. Notice that we want to demolish arguments, not people. Our attitude must be one of "gentleness and respect," as Peter mentioned above.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:20 - "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us."
Here in 2 Corinthians, Paul reminds us of our role in this life -- a representative of Christ. As Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason says, an ambassador should be known for knowledge, wisdom, and character. Knowledge is the correct information, wisdom is the correct application of the knowledge, and character is the inner self that is attractive to others. A good understanding of apologetics goes a long way in helping us develop knowledge and wisdom.
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