The Nature of Apologetics in a Morally Suicidal Culture

by Rob Lundberg

One of the things gnawing at me lately is trying to find a way to break the thinking most believers have about apologetics.[1]  Just from conversations over the last several months, some believers have this impression that when we address the subject of apologetics, we are talking about a special discipline for a special select group of Christians.  This is not true.

Still some others have the impression that a person needs to be “ready” as if to have a certain level of spiritual maturity, before tackling questions that they may have had before coming to faith in Christ.  and that having an apologetics program is a like having an “upgraded software package” that upgrades the Christianity 101 course.[2]

As you might guess, neither one of these understandings are correct. Apologetics is about equipping believers to give credible answers to the curious questions that are confronting the Christian faith. The word apologetics comes from a passage that is most referenced, 1 Peter 3:15-17* which states,

“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16and keep a good conscience so that in the think in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.”

What I would like to do in this posting is just highlight three things that I believe will give us a better understanding of this discipline.  I would like to do this before embarking on a series addressing the apologetics of Jesus, and how He used what would be popularly called apologetics in modern terms…


The Real Issue: The Nature of Apologetics in a Morally Suicidal Culture