Apologetics

Defending the Faith

Apologetics is defined as giving a reasoned defense of the Christian Faith - being able to articulate the reasons why Christianity is True. This is of supreme importance not only to be an effective witness for the Lord, but also for each Christian individually to know why they believe what they believe. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 3:15;

"In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,"

The greek word for "defense" is 'apologia' which we get the word apologetics. This verse also encompasses some of the various methods of Apologetics that have been developed throughout the centuries. We don't want to recreate the wheel here but rather to stand upon the shoulders of those who have come before us in defending the Faith, and carry the torch further. Let this site be a helpful, "Apologetics Hub" resource that you can come back to, again and again as it's continually updated.

We want to equip everyone with the "cumulative case" understanding of Apologetics with a focus on these three schools of thought: Classical, Evidential, and Presuppositional - all explained below.
We've also included a new section below with great answers to good questions.

Classical apologetics

Classical apologetics has been used throughout church history by Christian thinkers and uses reason and logic to deduce the existence of God based on the natural world in accordance with how God is revealed throughout the Bible.

The Cosmological Argument:

Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
The Universe began to exist.
Therefore, the universe has a cause.

The Teleological Argument:

The fine-tuning of the universe is due to one of the following:
>Necessity<  >Chance<  >Design<

The Ontological Argument:

If it is possible that God exists, then it follows logically that God does exist. Do you follow?

The Moral Argument:

If God does not exist, objective moral values and duties do not exist.
But Objective moral values and duties do exist.
Therefore, God exists.

The Mathematical Argument:

"Science relies on the assumption that we live in an ordered universe that is subject to precise mathematical laws."
Why is this so?

The Contingency Argument:

"Why is there something rather than nothing?"
Good question! This must be answered.

The Meaning Argument:

Do our lives have any real significance?

God, Evil, Pain & Suffering:

Christianity is the only worldview that ultimately solves this problem.

evidential apologetics

Evidential apologetics builds on the premises of Classical arguments for Gods existence in an age of scientific enlightenment. It is also specifically used to show how Christianity is true by looking at the evidence around us whether it be scientific, historical, archaeological, social, anthropological, etc. All the evidence points not only to a "God", but to the God revealed in the Bible.

The Resurrection of Jesus:

“The external evidence of Jesus' resurrection confirms the truth we have received via God's written revelation.”

Dr. Gary Habermas has studied the historical evidence of the resurrection for 40+yrs.

The Matchless Life of Jesus Christ:

100% man, 100% God.

Everything is Evidence!

Positive & Negative cases | Historical | Scientific | Ethical

The Bible: divine rather than human in origin:

"Of the Divine character of the Bible, I think, no man who deals honestly with his own mind and heart can entertain a reasonable doubt.  For myself, I must say, that having for many years made the evidences of Christianity the subject of close study, the result has been a firm and increasing conviction of the authenticity and plenary inspiration of the Bible. It is indeed the Word of God"
- Dr. Simon Greenleaf 

Principal Founder of Harvard Law

presuppositional apologetics

A presupposition is a belief that is assumed (presupposed) from the very beginning that governs the way we think.

Presuppositional apologetics is a method of arguing for the truth of the Bible that analyzes the validity of presuppositions. In contrast, evidential apologetics uses a shared presupposition between Christians and non-Christians, and then argues using proofs and evidence that depend on this shared presupposition. While there is a place for evidential arguments, Christians should recognize the problems and limitations with these kinds of arguments.

Epistemology is the study of knowledge and how it is possible. An ultimate presupposition starts at the very beginning and provides an epistemological theory for how knowledge is possible.

Presuppositional apologetics argues that the only presupposition that can successfully explain how knowledge is possible is the presupposition that the Bible is God's revelation.

Check out this infographic.

The Extent of Knowledge:

But how do you REALLY know anything?

The Impossibility of Atheism:

The proof of the existence of God is the impossibility of the contrary.

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."

There are two options: God -or- absurdity. Choose wisely.

Bahnsen University

Basic Introduction to Christian Presuppositional Apologetics /Apologia Studios

great answers to good questions

When we are serious about living for God we will inevitably come across good questions and objections that are posed against the Christian faith. Sometimes we think of these, or more often than not we hear them while sharing our faith, talking with friends, or browsing YouTube. Many/most of these questions have been asked for a long time, and they are indeed good questions, and you know what? We have great answers.

Genocide in the Bible?

Errors in the Bible?

LGBTQ+, what's God say?

How did Satan sin?

More to come. Do you have a question? Please ask it below and we'll put up a well researched answer here.

helpful links to go deeper

We find all these links reputable and faithful to Christ and we commend them to you as you continue to go deeper in your study.
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