Biblical Apologetics
Apologetic • Apologetics
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Apologetics, Biblical
Apologetics, Biblical [<GK. apologētikós < apó—‘from’ + lógos—‘speech’]. Passages in the Bible dealing with the knowledge of God or the veracity of the system of biblical faith, or discussing criteria for establishing the biblical faith. I. Old TestamentA. Foundations of OT TheismB. Yahweh as
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
APOLOGETICS. The term is derived from the Gr. verb apologeomai, meaning “to give an answer back,” “reply,” “defend one’s position,” and the Gr. noun apologia. In its narrowest sense it means the defense of the faith of the individual Christian. In a broader sense it is the answer of the Christian to
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
apologetics. The defence of Christian belief and of the Christian way against alternatives and against criticism. St *Paul in Athens ‘argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there’ (Acts 17:17 RSV; Acts goes on to
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
ApologeticsChristianity has always had its cultural despisers. In every age Christian apologists have attempted to rebut objections or restate and refine Christian belief to make clearer its claims of knowledge of God. Apologetics seeks to benefit the criticized and the critic by preserving the integrity
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Classical Apologetics (2)
Classical Apologetics. Classical apologetics is so called because it was the apologetic method practiced by the first thinkers who studied and practiced the application of reason to the defense of Christianity. These pioneer apologists included Augustine, Anselm, and Thomas Aquinas (see Apologetics,
Common Ground
Common Ground. The question of “common ground” is largely a debate between classical apologetics and presuppositional apologetics. The issue is whether there is any area of neutral evidence or starting point at which Christian and non-Christian can meet. (see Historical Apologetics). Revelational presuppositionalists
Experiential Apologetics (2)
Experiential Apologetics. Experiential apologetics is the form of defending the Christian faith that appeals to Christian experience as evidence for the truth of Christianity. In its appeal to internal, as opposed to external, evidence, it contrasts sharply with other apologetic systems (see Apologetics,
Historical Apologetics (2)
Historical Apologetics. Historical apologetics stresses the historical evidence as the basis for demonstrating the truth of Christianity (see Apologetics, Types of). At this point it overlaps with classical apologetics. The crucial difference between the two is that historical apologetics does not believe
Presuppositional Apologetics (2)
Presuppositional Apologetics. Presuppositional apologetics is the apologetic system that defends Christianity from the departure point of certain basic presuppositions. The apologist presupposes the truth of Christianity and then reasons from that point. One basic presupposition is that the non-Christian
Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church
APOLOGETICSApologetics is the discipline of theology that seeks to respond to objections raised to Christian belief or to problems that seem to be internal to the Christian faith (such as the problem of *evil). The basic idea of apologia derives from the Greek court as a “speech in defense of someone”
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
ApologeticsFrom the Greek apologia, “a defense,” apologetics traditionally denotes the defense of Christian belief, doctrine, and practice against criticism and attack from those outside the church. Scholars usually locate the earliest example in Paul’s defense of Christian belief in Athens (Acts 17:17–31),
Dictionary of Theological Terms
ApologeticsThe branch of theological science which sets out to vindicate “Christian theism against any form of non-theistic or non-Christian thought” (Cornelius Van Til, Christian Theistic Evidences, 1951 Class Syllabus, p. 1). It is a broader term than Christian evidences. Apologetics is usually said
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
apologetics. In the narrow sense, the term apologetics refers to a reasoned defense of the truth, a plea for the veracity of the character and purposes of God. In a broader sense, it means commending the faith, presenting grounds for Christian hope. Strictly speaking, the genre of apologetic writing
Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions
ApologeticsThe term “apologetics” is from apologia, meaning to make a defense. Apologetics is the theological task of making a defense for the Christian faith in the face of those who challenge its legitimacy on historical, scientific, or philosophical grounds. There are three aspects to this task.
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Apologetics. Discourse (broadly speaking) that shows and tells why the gospel deserves respect and, ultimately, allegiance. Furthermore, because Christianity is the way to life, not just an intellectual system, apologetics deals with goodness and beauty, affections and practices, as well as truth. Thus
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
APOLOGETICS. Derived from classical Greek usage, “apologetics” originally referred to a judicial defense apologia (ἀπολογία) against an accusation katēgoria (κατηγορία). Classical texts evidence these defenses (e.g., Plato, Apol. 28a and Ep. 7), while the strategies for defenses are extant in presentations
Key passages
2 Co 10:4–5

for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but powerful to God for the tearing down of fortresses, tearing down arguments and all pride that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

Php 1:7

just as it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel all of you are sharers of grace with me.

1 Ti 6:20–21

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Turn away from pointless empty talk and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, which some, by professing it, have deviated concerning the faith. Grace be with you all.

1 Pe 3:15

but set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense to anyone who asks you for an accounting concerning the hope that is in you.

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