The study of Christian apologetics is one that holds an important place for me personally as it is the launch pad that not only saved my faith but also inspired to me to study philosophy, theology and confront other world views that are outside the realm of reason, logic and Biblical orthodoxy.
Apologetics, quite simply, is the branch of Christian theology that studies and teaches the defense of the principles and claims of Christianity. While being only one branch of one large tree, apologetics itself quickly separates off into a large series of other branches that cover an array of topics that the church regularly encounters today.
Three Roles of Apologetics
The study of apologetics is really meant to serve three distinct roles, which are laid out better in the more descriptive overview of apologetics and even more in William Lane Craig’s book Reasonable Faith. But briefly stated here, the three roles are:
- Shaping culture
- Strengthening believers
- Evangelizing unbelievers
While there are those who horde up intelligence and store all the fun facts to tear people down, the pure and true goal of this branch of theology is to shape culture to reflect more the world that God created it to be, strengthen believers who are weak and evangelize those who have deep rooted and dificult intellectual resitances to the gospel of Christ.
It is our belief that the gospel of Jesus Christ falls completely within the realm of reason and logic, and is supported by mountains of evidence that lead us to believe it is true. The study of apologetics is for these purposes.