Apologetics defined

I was confused for a long time about the meaning of apologetics. When someone was described as an apologetic, I wondered “does he travel the world apologizing for all the pain and suffering that we see?” Okay, I didn’t really think that, but it makes sense, right?

The term apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which is derived from the root word apologos, “a story”. Greek philosophers described apologia as a persuasive defense of a person against his accusers; we also term this rhetoric.

Ravi Zacharias describes his role as a Christian apologist. He says that his job is to:

  • make truth claims clear
  • give answers to the hard and soft questions that come in the process.

Now you know!

 

 

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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