Apologetics By Any Other Name
by Brian Auten
“What’s apologetics?” That may be the first question you hear from people who are not familiar with the discipline of giving a rational defense of the Christian faith.
And even if someone does understand the meaning of the word, the actual word “apologetics” may carry with it some negative baggage. For instance, some equate apologetics with being argumentative, being overly intellectual, or being too philosophical.
For this reason, it’s often useful to simply bypass the word altogether. Why start with a stumbling block? Instead, apologetics can be referred to as defending the faith. Or maybe giving good reasons. Or answering tough questions. The list goes on…
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