What are apologetics?

In 1 Peter 3:13-15, we are told to always have a ready defense for what we believe.  Apologetics is the branch of Christianity that deals with the defense and establishment of the Christian faith.  It comes from the Greek word apologia which means “a verbal defense.”


Source: www.noblindfaith.com


There are three types of apologetics: Presuppositional (emphasizes the foundations of a person’s thinking, assumes the existence of God and the truth of the bible, see 2 Peter 3:5); Classical (uses rational arguments for the existence of God like the teleological and cosmological arguments, see Rom. 1:20); and Evidential (using evidences from history, logic, etc. to support the Christian faith, see 1 Cor. 15:3-7).  There are strengths in each form, and some forms work well with certain people but not with others.  They can all be used to defend the faith.  For more information, RTG recommends the following link and ministry: http://carm.org/apologetics-outline