Christian Apologetics
(Apologetics)

 

During the entire history of Christianity, it had to face external and internal problems. But without much harm, the Church could defend herself for down ages. Therefore, in this course, we are dealing with the self defense of the Church against her opponents. In short, it contains answers to questions raised against the true faith, a justification for upholding the orthodoxy, and a defense intended to protect the correct dogma sifting it from false ideas advanced against it. An apology () in the original meaning of the word is a defense. It is defendant’s reply to the speech of the prosecution in a court of law. It has often been pointed out that the very first preaching of the Christian faith opened with words of apology in this sense (e.g. Acts.2:14ff). Apology in its Christian meaning implies the defense of Christian truth, (e.g. St. Paul’s defense before Agrippa, Acts. 26:1) and the apologies are the works written to repel a specific change or line of attack upon Christianity. Apologetics is a branch of theology concerned with the intellectual defense of Christian truth. It is the science of apology. Therefore we can define it as an apologetic is that science which, from the essence of Christianity itself, determines what kinds of attacks are possible, what sides of Christian truth are open to attack, and what false principles lie at the foundation of all attacks actual or possible (Ebrard, Apologetik, 1874-5). That is, the defense of Christian belief and of the Christian way against alternatives and criticism is apologetics. It is the defense of Christian faith on intellectual grounds. (E.g. St. Paul in Athens argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons and in the market place everyday with those who chanced to be there. Acts.17:17)

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