“Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defence (apologian) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with gentleness and respect”
(1 Pet 3:15)
The Christian worldview is coming under increasingly ferocious attack
The so-called New Atheists, such as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins are not content to disbelieve. They also seek to impose their atheistic worldview upon society and to drive religion in general, and Christianity in particular, out of public life. They are aggressive, they are articulate and they are hugely influential in our society.
When Peter exhorts us to give an apologia he does not mean that we are to say we are sorry for the Christian faith!
An apologia was, “a speech of defence, the act of making a defence” (BDAG)
For Peter, to give an apology is to give a reasoned defence when questioned about the faith. Apologetics is an indispensable facet of evangelism and a vital discipline in the modern world as Christianity comes under increasing pressure. The opponents of our faith are generally not choosy about the methods they use, nor concerned with honesty and consistency. They will use any weapon at their disposal to seek to discredit the Christian story.
The internet serves as a vast wealth of information, but also of mis-information. The old adage, “a lie can be half way round the world before the truth has got its boots on” has never been so true as it is today when deception can go global at the press of a button.
One function of this blog and the upcoming articles will be to help equip believers with the tools they are increasingly going to need to defend the faith in their day-to-day lives.
For Christians, apologetics is not optional but is rather a commandment.We are not all called to debate Richard Dawkins but we are all called to give a reasoned defence for the hope that is in us.