The Use and Abuse of Christian Apologetics
by Doug Powell
Apologetics (noun) — (from Greek ἀπολογία, “speaking in defense”) the discipline of defending religious doctrines through systematic argumentation, discourse, and the presentation of evidence
For some people, apologetics is not discovered until after making a profession of faith.
Many Christians did not come to believe as a result of investigating the authority of the Bible, the evidence for the resurrection, or as a response to the philosophical arguments for God’s existence. They simply responded to the proclamation of the gospel.
Although these people have reasons for their belief, they are deeply personal reasons that often do not make sense to unbelievers. They know the truth but are not necessarily equipped to share or articulate the truth in a way that is understandable to those who have questions about their faith…