The term apologetics has its origin in the Greek word apologia meaning “a reply.” Apologetics as a special science was born out of a combination of a divine mandate and the pressing need to respond to false charges leveled against the early church. God requires that we be prepared to give a “reason for the hope that is within us” (1 Peter 3:15). In this regard the apologist echoes the work of the apostles who did not ask people to respond to Christ in blind faith. The apostolic testimony to Christ was buttressed both by rational argument and empirical evidence. Continue reading
The proper role of apologetics is not to push people down the road to the cross but to fill in potholes and remove barriers along it. Only the Spirit of God can draw people to Christ, and their coming requires His supernatural, miraculous work in their hearts, making blind eyes see and deaf ears hear and dark minds bright and cold hearts warm.
— Calvin Beisner, from Answers for Atheists, p. xvi
Because God created the universe and is active in His creation, there is no lack of evidence for the truth of Christianity. The word evidence includes not only facts but also logical arguments and human experience.
— Rick Wade, from Evidence, Answers, & Christian Faith, Jimmy Williams, General Editor, p. 19
The final apologetic, along with the rational, logical defense and presentation, is what the world sees in the individual Christian and in our corporate relationships together.
— Francis Schaeffer, from The God Who Is There, p. 152
Apologetics is the branch of Christian theology that seeks to address the intellectual obstacles that keep people from taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ seriously.
— J. M. Njoroge, from “Apologetics: Why Your Church Needs It,” in Just Thinking the triannual communique of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Vol. 18.3, p. 3
Apologetics is answering the questions people have about Christianity. Christianity is a credible religion, and answers to people’s questions and objections are available.
— Norman Geisler and Randy Douglass, from Bringing Your Faith to Work, p. 33