Apologetics in the Bible
by Doug Powell
Some believers are suspicious of and opposed to apologetics. They view it as being contrary to faith. They fear that if Christianity can be shown to be reasonable, then there is no place for faith. This anti-intellectual approach to Christianity is rooted in a misunderstanding of the word “faith” itself.
The word translated as “faith” and “belief” in the New Testament is pistis. Pistis encompasses a number of ideas, all of them revolving around an intentional, engaged trust.
Definitions include “firm persuasion, the conviction…a firmly relying confidence.” Lawrence O. Richards notes, “Pistis and related words deal with relationships established by trust and maintained by trustworthiness.” When we trust something, we have reasons for it, evidence that justifies and supports it…