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 go-to verse in the Bible that gives the clearest explanation of apologetics is 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 for you that you can come back to again and again as it will continue to be updated.

The 3 methods that we are going to focus on are Classical, Evidential, and Presuppositional - all explained below.

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 Kalam 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.

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."

The Contingency Argument:

"Why is there something rather than nothing?"

The Meaning Argument:

Do our lives have any real significance?

God, Evil, Pain & Suffering:

We don't stop at the trilemma;

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 Christian Bible.

Evidence for 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.

The Evidence is Overwhelming:

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

Presuppositions are the underlying axioms we have by which we assess everything in the world around us, and are thus often taken for granted without even realizing it. Presuppositional apologetics is used to prove God’s existence by arguing that logic, morals, science, etc. ultimately presuppose the Christian worldview and that God’s transcendent character is the source of logic, morals and a universe in which science can be done. This method states that without the existence of God it is impossible to prove anything because, in the atheistic world, you cannot justify or account for universal laws.

The only way to know anything for certain, is to know everything, or have revelation from someone who does (i.e God), and has revealed this to us via His Word (the Bible).

We are limited by our own brains.

But how do you know..?

By trying to disprove God, you prove Him.

Check mate.

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

There are two options: God, or absurdity.

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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