Finding Hope in Apologetics
by Stanley Ng
1 Peter 3:15 is a core verse used to make a case for apologetics. Apologetics is the defense of a religion and, rightly so, this verse speaks firmly of that. While we often find ourselves and our congregations either snoozing this topic, I believe 1 Peter 3:15 gives us more than just equipping ourselves with more knowledge.
Apologetics is not a field of study, but a lifestyle.
Unlike the college majors we declare, apologetics is not something that we should pick and choose to learn. A biology major may not have to study any of the material that an economics major may learn. Instead, apologetics should be a part of our core courses because Peter tells us that having this defense is more than just having the right response to opposing parties. 1 Peter seems to be speaking to an audience who has been undergoing abuse and persecution. These aren’t unique issues to anyone in particular–they’re issues that we all face! Apologetics is there to prepare us for opposition. Some of that may be defending the faith, but some of it may be a response to current events or simply a foundation during tough times…
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