Coming from the Greek word Apologia meaning “defence”. The original context was that of a legal defence or argument. The (common) modern usage of the word sees it watered down to often mean to say sorry for something or offer an excuse for something.
In the Christian usage we are certainly not sorry! but forthright and convicted in our defence of our faith. Apologetics is a formal subject in Christian education and part of a study in theology. It covers several approaches and includes:
- evidential apologetics
- presuppositional apologetics
- classical apologetics
Apologetics involves science, history, logic and other disciplines to build and present its arguments.
I am actually undertaking a Course in Theology with a strong apologetics emphasis so I expect to use this page as a sounding board and a place to illustrate and offer the ideas and themes presented in the course.