The word apologetics derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used of a speech of defense, or an answer given in reply. In the above passage, apologia is the original Greek word that was translated as "an answer" in English.
Apologetics in our context may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith.
When challenged or asked, the Biblical mandate is for the believer to give a coherent, competent, well-reasoned defense of what they believe to anyone who asks. Apologetics training is central to competent ambassadorship for Christ, yet most churches unfortunately never devote any effort to this area.
One of the missions of Let Us Reason is to help equip and prepare the believer to be able to competently carry the name of Christ into a world that is preoccupied with refuting truth. We consider the following resources to be overall very helpful and reliable, and we recommend them for your consideration. Please keep in mind that we cannot and do not affirm everything said on any particular resource. With that said, we hope you find the below links helpful!
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IReasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig. Their three-fold mission is: to provide an articulate, intelligent voice for Biblical Christianity in the public arena, to challenge unbelievers with the truth of Biblical Christianity, and to train Christians to state and defend Christian truth claims with greater effectiveness.
CrossExamined is a ministry that conducts dynamic "I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist" seminars on college campuses, churches, and high schools. Led by Dr. Frank Turek and other Christian apologists, CrossExamined exists to address the problem that 3-out-of-4 Christian youth leave the church while in college, many because they are intellectually skeptical.
Professor Craig A. Evans is a leading scholar and prolific author on topics such as the evidence for a historical Jesus, archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Bible. He lectures extensively and routinely participates in archaeological digs and Holy Land tours.
The primary mission of RZIM is to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Distinctive in its strong evangelistic and apologetic foundation, the ministry of RZIM is intended to touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and influencers of society.
Genesis Apologetics provides free training resources for Christian students, focusing mainly on creation vs. evolution, but also covering many other topics.
Apologetics Press serves to answer critics of Christianity and answer the difficult questions that Christians are faced with. The site offers a large number of articles and resources.
All About God is a website that provides articles and topics designed to reach out to skeptics, seekers, believers, and a hurting world with powerful evidence for God and the Good News of Jesus.
Josh McDowell Ministry’s vision is that true followers of Jesus everywhere live, defend, and share their faith because they know that the Christian faith is reliable, relational, and relevant to their lives. The Ministry serves students, parents, leaders, churches, and virtual movements through the production of innovative events and cutting edge ministry resources.
Stand to Reason trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.
Jesus Always Existed is a website created and organized to serve as a hub for the best research defending the premise that Jesus existed and walked the earth as a real human being.
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and best-selling author of more than twenty books. His classic, "The Case for Christ," is a perennial favorite which details his conversion to Christianity. For the last twenty-five years, his life’s work has been to share the evidence that supports the truth and claims of Christianity and to equip believers to share their faith with the people they know and love.
Answering Islam is a Christian website dedicated to providing content related to Islam. This site is useful for gaining a better understanding of Islam from the Christian perspective, as well as gaining insights for Muslim evangelism and debate.
J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. Wallace became a Christ-follower at the age of thirty-five after investigating the claims of the New Testament gospels using his skill set as a detective. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Wallace has appeared on television and radio, explaining the role that evidence plays in the Christian definition of “faith” and defending the historicity of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible, and the truth of the Christian worldview.
Astrophysicist and best-selling author Hugh Ross travels the globe speaking on the compatibility of advancing scientific discoveries with the timeless truths of Christianity. His organization, Reasons to Believe, is dedicated to demonstrating, via a variety of resources and events, that science and Biblical faith are allies, not enemies.
Acts 17 Apologetics headed by David Wood seeks to defend and proclaim the Gospel by educating Christians and non-Christians about the evidence for Christianity while also countering opposing claims, especially those of Islam and atheism.
ABR - founded in 2005 by Charlie Campbell - is a Christian apologetics ministry dedicated to equipping people with well-researched information on issues that seek to undermine or challenge the truth of Christianity as revealed in the Bible. The site has links to popular topics and commonly asked questions, articles, audio and video teachings, and a store with books, CDs and DVDs.