Can Certain Apologetics Hurt Christianity More Than Help It?

by John L. Rothra

Doctrine: what you believe
Apologetics: why you believe it

Most of you can probably tell someone what you believe. However, Peter reminds us that we need to also defend our beliefs: “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15, NASB).

In other words, Peter was promoting Christian apologetics.

So what is apologetics? Simply put, it is making a reasoned argument for something (from the Greek, apologia; translated “defense” in 1 Peter 3:15).

Apologetics can be a very powerful tool in our arsenal. It can help strengthen our own faith. In those times when we start to doubt our beliefs, sometimes all we need is a reminder why that belief is true.

Apologetics is also a tremendous tool in evangelism. When talking to a skeptic, it can be difficult to get them to accept what we say is true. A reasoned argument can help them see that there is a basis, a rationale, to our faith.

In our endeavor to defend our beliefs, it’s important to make sure that our argument doesn’t work against us. Sometimes in our zeal to prove something in the Bible happened, we can end up doing harm to our faith and ultimately strengthening the case against Christianity.

Let me illustrate this using three examples: the burning bush, turning water into wine, and parting the Red Sea…
Most of you can probably tell someone what you believe. However, Peter reminds us that we need to also defend our beliefs: “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15, NASB).

In other words, Peter was promoting Christian apologetics.

So what is apologetics? Simply put, it is making a reasoned argument for something (from the Greek, apologia; translated “defense” in 1 Peter 3:15).

Apologetics can be a very powerful tool in our arsenal. It can help strengthen our own faith. In those times when we start to doubt our beliefs, sometimes all we need is a reminder why that belief is true.

Apologetics is also a tremendous tool in evangelism. When talking to a skeptic, it can be difficult…
Most of you can probably tell someone what you believe. However, Peter reminds us that we need to also defend our beliefs: “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15, NASB).

In other words, Peter was promoting Christian apologetics.

So what is apologetics? Simply put, it is making a reasoned argument for something (from the Greek, apologia; translated “defense” in 1 Peter 3:15).

Apologetics can be a very powerful tool in our arsenal. It can help strengthen our own faith. In those times when we start to doubt our beliefs, sometimes all we need is a reminder why that belief is true.

Apologetics is also a tremendous tool in evangelism. When talking to a skeptic, it can be difficult
Most of you can probably tell someone what you believe. However, Peter reminds us that we need to also defend our beliefs: “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15, NASB).

In other words, Peter was promoting Christian apologetics.

So what is apologetics? Simply put, it is making a reasoned argument for something (from the Greek, apologia; translated “defense” in 1 Peter 3:15).

Apologetics can be a very powerful tool in our arsenal. It can help strengthen our own faith. In those times when we start to doubt our beliefs, sometimes all we need is a reminder why that belief is true.

Apologetics is also a tremendous tool in evangelism. When talking to a skeptic, it can be difficult…
 

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