What is Apologetics:
Even a cursory glance at the world around us reveals an ever increasingly secular society. Christianity, in particular Protestantism, has waned in both popularity and effect. According to the U.S. Census, the percent of Protestants in America has decreased from 61% in 1980 to only 55% in 1999. During this same period of time atheism has increased from 7% to 8%.
One may assume this decrease in popularity is the result of a general failure to preach the good news of the Gospel. However, quite the contrary; evangelism in America (that is, the encouragement of one to accept Christ as their personal Savior) has seen a remarkable increase during this period of time; from 45% of people admitting they have encouraged someone to accept Christ as their personal Savior in 1980 to a remarkable 51% in 1999.
This information begs the question: Why, despite an increase in evangelism, is Christianity becoming less popular? The answer lies in the effectiveness of our evangelical attempts. What is lacking is not a declaration, but a defense. As any strategist knows: the key to effectiveness is a good defense working in conjunction with a good offense.
Fulfilling this need for an effective defense is Apologetics. Christian Apologetics is the act of defending the Christian faith by means of logic, science, philosophy and most importantly theology. It is the goal of Christian Apologetics to demonstrate to the secular world (and even the Christian community) that, when viewed through the prism of reason and scientific deduction, the Christian religion is more than a personal belief or conviction; it is an irrefutable, demonstrative and incontrovertible truth.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1 Peter 3:15
1 – 2000 US Census, No. 75
2 – 2005 Gallup Poll: Have you ever tried to encourage someone to believe in Jesus Christ, or to accept him as his or her personal savior?