R.C. Sproul’s definition of Apologetics

How would you define the term Apologetics?

Apologetics is a term that is used in Christian circles. Some might think that apologetics has something to do with apologizing for being a Christian, but R.C. Sproul helps us understand what it means in context with the original greek word apologia. He writes on page 13 of his book Defending your Faith that “The term apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which literally means “a reasoned statement or a verbal defense.” To give an apology, then, unlike the more current definition of “I’m sorry,” is to defend and argue from a particular point of view.” Christians defend or argue a Christ-centered worldview that is founded on the Bible. This is why it is crucial for Christians to know the Word of God. I recommend this resource by Sproul as an introduction to apologetics.


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