Is Apologetics Biblical?
by Andy Steiger
Is apologetics Biblical? It might surprise you, but I hear this question a lot. When I founded Apologetics Canada in 2010, I quickly found myself giving an apologetic for apologetics. In fact, this is also what Ravi Zacharias found when he started RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries: www.rzim.org). He said, “What I did not anticipate was having to give a defense of why I was defending the faith.” Here’s what I have learned over the last five years of leading Apologetics Canada.
Generally, I encounter three types of people. When Apologetics Canada first started, the most predominant response was confusion. Some people had no idea what apologetics was, and they wrongly assumed it was about apologizing for being a Christian, or even for Christianity as a whole. Others I met had seen apologetics presented poorly in the past, so they viewed it as purely argumentative and having little redeeming value. But the response
I now hear, more and more, is that people are dismayed that apologetics is so seldom evident in the Christian world. It’s interesting that the first two responses are based on ignorance and misrepresentation.
Church, we need to redeem this word!
That’s why I named Apologetics Canada what I did. Many suggested I use another name, but I refused. I’m convinced we need to re-educate people. Apologetics is a Biblical word and practice. In fact, it’s mandated (written in the imperative, as a command). The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, meaning to give an answer or defense for our hope in Jesus. The verse most quoted to promote apologetics is 1 Peter 3:15. It says:
But in your hearts revere 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…
Here’s the deal, I don’t wake up each morning and pledge allegiance to Apologetics Canada. I love Jesus Christ and want all people to know and love Him too. That’s why I started Apologetics Canada. I’m just convinced that apologetics is one of the greatest tools of evangelism that we have, and I believe that the apostles agree…
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