Science and faith are so often pitched as opposites and enemies, while they are complementary to one another and should be seen as partners in the course of life. I love the wonderful task of apologetics because it robs the skeptic of his skepticism, the doubter of his doubt, and unbeliever of his unbelief, and the ignorant of his ignorance. It reinforces the faith of the believer.
Apologetics is the study of the defense of the faith. It comes from the Greek term apologia, meaning “defense.” The basis of apologetics is derived from Scripture itself, “But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15, CSB). The word “defense” in this verse is that Greek word, apologia. It is not to be confused with the understanding that we are apologetic for what we believer, for we are not at all! We are entirely unapologetic!
Our preparation to give a defense for our hope is to be more than our testimony. It must be the gospel message itself! It must be an honest attempt to think through the difficult questions of life.
- When did the universe begin?
- Where did the universe come from?
- Does God exist?
- If God is all-powerful and all-good, then why does evil exist?
- Where does evolution play in to all of this?
These are just a few questions among many. We may not be able to know the answers to all of these questions, but we need to know that these questions are being asked. We need to venture to be able to answer them. If we ignore the questions that we are asked, then we are ignoring the command in 1 Peter 3:15 to “be prepared.”
To be prepared, one must be involved in the act of preparation. I love the subject of apologetics and would love to be able to study it more in depth one day. In the following weeks, I am going to be sharing a few apologetic arguments and engaging the questions that are being asked in hopes to deconstruct theism and the Christian faith. I encourage you to follow along as we venture on this journey! You won’t be disappointed and it will challenge the way that you think!