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Defining, Directing, and Defending Apologetics

John G. Stackhouse

in Humble Apologetics

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195138078
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834679 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138074.003.0007
Defining, Directing, and Defending Apologetics

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Apologetics is defined as dealing not only with the question of the truthfulness of Christianity but also with its virtues of beauty and goodness, thus extending the realm of apologetics to include anything that makes Christianity more plausible. This chapter distinguishes between two modes of apologetics, namely, defensive apologetics (responding to challenges) and offensive apologetics (provoking interest). Two objectives of apologetics are clarified: the internal goal, to strengthen and mature Christian faith; and the external goal, to remove obstacles, clarify issues, and offer winsome inducements to those who do not identify themselves as Christians. Finally, Stackhouse defines apologetics as a necessary and worthy engagement in spite of reasons for resistance both from within and without Christian circles.

Keywords: apologetics; defensive; faith; offensive; virtues

Chapter.  5012 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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