Apologetics is a general term, signifying a formal defence of the Christian faith against intellectual accusations and objections whether they come from hostile sceptics or sincere seekers. An apologist is someone who presents an apology or makes a practice of defending the faith.

When it comes to interpreting the world—i.e., self-consciously making a philosophy of life, a worldview—there are two options. One can submit to Scripture as a perspicuously self-attesting authority, or one can autonomously attempt to construct such a philosophy. Our apologetic must not be purely pragmatic (i.e., what we reason will produce the best results), but what is actually biblical. For instance, should we use the Bible as a defence of our position or must we prove Christianity without it?


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