What Is Apologetics? A Brief Summary

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Defending The Faith

Some people may think “what are you sorry for?” when they first hear the term “to give an apology”. What it actually means is to give a verbal defense, a reasoned statement or argument. This is where the word apologetics comes from; the Greek “apologia”. Within scripture, this word is used in various places including Acts 25:16, 1Cor. 9:3, 2Tim. 4:16, 1Peter 3:15. You can also read from the ECF’s (Early Church Fathers, also known as Ante Nicene Fathers) having in their works, the term apologia, as a defense against the false teachers/religions in their day. Justin Martyr in two of his discourse titles he used apologia. One is named The First Apology of Justin and the follow up was called The Second Apology of Justin.

To give a defense [of the faith] was a common practice in the first century church and in subsequent centuries. It was effective to give a “reasoned statement” to those that were perverting the gospel or denying it altogether. This was not endless debating either, but there was more involved than just throwing out a few “proof texts”, hoping that they would stick. The early Christians were also well versed in the culture/religions/teachings that they were addressing. Having such “intel” was helpful in determining how to approach each individual, where they were coming from, and how to apply scripture accordingly. In a future article, we’ll discuss how some of these dialogues (and their techniques) played out in society and why it’s important for the church today.

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About Razor Swift

Rich Christian who is the founder of Razor Swift, seeks to open hearts and minds through the platform of apologetics. It's his desire to approach Biblical, faith, and other issues from a different perspective rather than just preaching to the choir in the Christianese dialect. He maintains that faith and reason mustn’t necessarily be at odds with each other, but can be complementary. May no stone lay unturned.
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4 Responses to What Is Apologetics? A Brief Summary

  1. Yeremyah says:

    To be fair, your blog is relatively new, however thus far it is rather disappointing in that doesn’t spend much volume actually defending anything uniquely Christian. Much of the arguments serve Judaism and Islam just as well. Just as you said elsewhere you can also say about your apologetics that they “can apply to many groups indeed -as it is not exclusive to one group”. When it comes to the trinity, how is it possible to convey and defend something which in your own words can not be fully understood? As a suggestion, instead try defending the necessity of believing in the doctrine of trinity for salvation. Surely that can be fully understood.

    I see Christianity as a form of disbelief just as much as atheism is, only something worse. Christianity purports to believe and follow the new testament but in practice does not. I will leave you with just one example for now which comes from Matthew 19:16-17. For this and similar reasons I have rejected Christianity since it is necessary to teach against and not keep the very commandments that express true love and lead to salvation. There is no legitimate defense for this, and so there is no legitimate defense for Christianity – a faith that Jesus did not even know or practice. And if he neither knew nor practiced it, how could he have ever promoted it or his disciples defended it? So what are you really doing?

    • razorswift says:

      Thank you for your comment. Keep those ad nauseam (Christianity has nothing unique to offer etc etc) assertions coming.

      • Yeremyah says:

        Why continue to the next one when you haven’t answered to the first? Have you given up? I can’t blame you if you have. But I will correct your assessment of my agenda, that I am saying Christianity has nothing unique to offer – as it certainly does. What I am saying is that your apologetics don’t address those unique qualities. Instead, they address points shared by other faiths. Focus on what is uniquely Christian and what you do understand.

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