All believers are called to be prepared to give a defense of their faith: ‘But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear’ (1 Pet. 3:15). The word here translated ‘reason’ is apologian, and it means a verbal defense or a speech in defense. We are all thus required by scripture to be ready to give a reasonable argument in defense of our faith. From the Greek word apologia we get the English word apology, and also the word apologetics. Apologetics is the task of explaining and defending the faith, and it is a very important part of our Christian witness, for we are all required to be ready to do this to some degree.
This is a significant requirement of scripture, since if we are to give a reasonable defense of our faith we must first understand the faith. We must therefore begin growing in our knowledge and understanding of the word of God from the moment we become Christians if we are to be in a position to give an adequate defense of our faith to those who ask it of us. - Stephen C. Perks (from Evangelism and Apologetics)
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