Why you should be able to defend your faith

by Rob Lundberg

If someone were to ask you “why” you are a Christian, would you resort to your personal testimony or could you give some pretty strong credible answers to curious question that come your way from people seeking answers?  This is why we need apologetics in our spiritual disciplines and daily walk in a post Christian America.  What is apologetics?

The word apologetics comes primarily from the word, apologia (apologenomai), which means giving a reason for why you and I believe what we believe.

Expanding on this meaning, apologetics is giving a reason or defense of our Christian faith, why you are a Christian and not an embracer of some other truth claim or worldview.  There are two sides to apologetics that can be described as the positive side and the negative side.

When we think of the positive side, we are speaking to building a case for why  Christianity is true.  What we are doing is that we are building a positive case for the Christian faith by defending the objective nature of truth, giving reasons for God’s existence, providing a defense of miracles, arguing for the credibility of the Gospel record, providing evidence of the deity of Christ and reasoning for the divine authority of the Bible.

Addressing the negative side of apologetics When we are answering objections to faith.  C. S. Lewis put it this way, “To be ignorant and simple now—not to be able to meet the enemies on their ground—would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered” (The Weight of Glory, 50).

Apologetics also undergirds evangelism. And this is why we say that we are engaging in an  evangelism undergirded by apologetics. Apologetics is therefore pre-evangelistic, in the sense that we use it to pave the way for the gospel…


Why you should be able to defend your faith