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Apologetics. Give a defense. What Apologetics is not. The art of getting really good at sayin “I’m sorry over and over again.” The art of intellectually forcing unbelievers into submission holds MMA style. What Apologetics is not.

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Apologetics

Apologetics

Give a defense


What apologetics is not
What Apologetics is not

  • The art of getting really good at sayin “I’m sorry over and over again.”

  • The art of intellectually forcing unbelievers into submission holds MMA style


What apologetics is not1
What Apologetics is not

  • Arguing about how many angels can stand on a pin. (knowing all the stuff)

  • Shaving your head and looking cool


What are apologetics
What are Apologetics

  • Apologetics is the branch of Christian theology which attempts to give a rational defense of the Christian fatih

  • Apologetics is giving a reason for why you believe what you believe.


What are apologetics1
What are Apologetics

  • Comes from the Greek word “apologia” απολογια

  • means “give an answer” or “give a defense”

  • Court system

  • Early church


What are apologetics2
What are Apologetics

  • Apologetics is also called “pre-evangelism”

  • An apologist is someone who defends the Christian faith.


What are apologetics3
What are Apologetics

  • How it is used:

    • Refers to the discipline concerned with the defense of the faith

    • Approaches or systems developed for defending the faith

    • Practice of defending the fatih

    • metapologetics


What are apologetics4
What are Apologetics

  • Funtions of:

    • Vindication or proof

    • Defense

    • Refutation (Offense)

    • Persuasion


Why apologetics
Why Apologetics

  • The Bible commands it

    • 1 Peter 3:15


Why apologetics1
Why Apologetics

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”


Why apologetics2
Why Apologetics

15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have….


Why apologetics3
Why Apologetics

…But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.


Why apologetics4
Why Apologetics

  • The Bible commands it

    • 1 Peter 3:15

    • Jude 3


Why apologetics5
Why Apologetics

3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.


Why apologetics6
Why Apologetics

  • The Bible commands it

    • 1 Peter 3:15

    • Jude 3

    • Should be done with mercy and love

      • 1 Cor 8:1, 1 Cor 13, Jude 22


Why apologetics7
Why Apologetics

  • Jesus did it

  • Paul did it

  • The early church did it


Why apologetics8
Why Apologetics

  • To better know your faith and share it more effectively

  • To answer peoples real questions which hinder them from accepting the gospel


Why apologetics9
Why Apologetics

  • To have influence in the public square

  • To prevent doctrinal apostasy in the church

  • To answer false claims of cults and religions


Why apologetics10
Why Apologetics

  • Faith, on its own, is not enough.

    • Simple faith doesn’t enable us to defend the gospel, and make a well-reasoned case for Christ.


Why apologetics11
Why Apologetics

  • Evangelism has changed

    • Culture has shifted from valuing fact to experience.

    • Cant assume people have a Christian world view/values

    • Atheists have gone on the offensive; books, movies, etc…


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Why Apologetics

  • High school students are leaving the faith but still attending church…until they go to college.

    • 40%-70% of students stop attending church when they graduate

    • Studies show most cant articulate their beliefs

    • “moralistic-therapeutic-deism” (crutch)


Why apologetics13
Why Apologetics

  • Most will either have doubts, or know people who do.


Varieties of apologetics
Varieties of Apologetics

3 schools of thought

Presuppositional Apologetics

  • Emphasizes the importance of presuppositions or the foundation of ones thinking

  • Assumes the existence of God and the truth the bible

  • 2 Peter 3:5


Varieties of apologetics1
Varieties of Apologetics

  • Classical Apologetics

    • Stresses rational argumentation for the existence of God.

    • It is necessary to demonstrate the existence of God first in order to argue for the resurrection of Jesus

    • Romans 1:20


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Varieties of Apologetics

  • Evidentual Apologetics

    • Emphasize giving evidence for the Christian faith whether historical, logical, etc...

    • They think that miracles do not presuppose God’s existence, but can serve as evidence for existence

    • 1 Cor 15:3-7


Varieties of apologetics3
Varieties of Apologetics

  • Areas of:

  • Philosophical

    • Cosmological

    • Teleological

    • Ontological

    • Moral

    • Transcendental

    • Presuppostional


Varieties of apologetics4
Varieties of Apologetics

  • Theological

  • Biblical

  • Scientific

  • Religion and Cults

  • Historical and legal

  • Defense of miracles


Varieties of apologetics5
Varieties of Apologetics

  • Prophetic fulfilment

  • Moral

  • Creationist

  • Experiential

  • Others (sociology, business, etc…)


So…

  • Since Christianity is a worldview, apologetics in some sense affects every aspect of life.


So…

  • What is worldview?

    • the framework from which we view reality and make sense of life and the world. “it is the ideology, philosophy, theology, movement or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding God, the world, and man’s relations to God and the world”


So…

  • For example a 2 year old believes he is the center of the universe. A secular humanist believes that the material world is all that exist. And a Buddhist believes he can be liberated by self purification

  • Someone with a biblical world view believes his primary reason for existence is to love and serve God


So…

  • Since Christianity is a worldview, apologetics in some sense affects every aspect of life.

  • The bible commands it, Jesus did it, Paul did it, the early church did it, and the world needs it.

  • What are you going to do about it?


Apologetics is
Apologeticsis

  • A lonely endeavor. It is possible for a person to give a great deal of effort to apologetic work, to defending God’s word, to answering questions, to reasoning with people and have it all seem as though it was worthless.


Apologetics is1
Apologeticsis

  • Discouragement is a reality to the apologist.

  • You need to understand what your job is an apologist

    • To answer questions and objections and point people to Jesus


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