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Christian Apologetics
... 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. 1Peter 3:15

The Word Apologetics: Christian apologetics doesn’t mean saying sorry for being a Christian. The confusion arises because, in modern English, the word “apology” has a different meaning from the classical Greek word (apología)from which it was derived. Apología meant a defense or justification of one's beliefs, attitudes, or actions. For example, The Apology is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defended himself in 399 BC against the charges of corrupting the young by not believing in the gods recognized by the state, but inventing new deities. In other words, apologetics is the discipline of defending a position through the systematic use of information. Christian apologists also set forth positive grounds for Christianity.

Criticism: Most critics of the Bible assume that because something is unexplained it is unexplainable. When a scientist comes across an anomaly in nature he doesn’t give up on science. How many NASA scientists resigned when they found rings around Jupiter which was contrary to all scientific explanations?

When the Bible has been proven to be accurate over and over again in hundreds of details the burden of proof is on the critics, not on the Bible.

Most skeptics do not bring to the Bible the powers of comprehension and interpretation,  that they would bring to a reading of the average newspaper. Perhaps this uneven treatment should not be surprising. After all, the skeptic has much to lose if the Bible is right.

Unfortunately, most Christians have not been able to give adequate answers to the questions skeptics ask as most churches are woefully lacking in the teaching of apologetics. This is particularly sad as there are virtually no so-called Biblical discrepancies that do not have an explanation. As a result, the world thinks Christians cannot defend the authority of Scripture and, thus, the Christian faith.

The issues addressed in this section are but the tip of the iceberg, but for those who would like to be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks .....”  (1 Peter 3:15) See resources at the end of this page.
 

Does The Bible Contain Contradictions? Does the Bible contradict itself? That charge is frequently made by skeptics. A careful consideration of the "law of contradiction, " however, will demonstrate otherwise.

Alleged Bible Errors After forty years of continual and careful study of the Bible, I can only conclude that those who have "discovered a mistake" in the Bible do not know too much about the Bible—they know too little about it. This does not mean, of course, that we understand how to resolve all the difficulties in the Scriptures. But we have seen enough problems resolved to know these also admit answers.

Was the New Testament Influenced By Pagan Religions? Many Christian college students have encountered criticisms of Christianity based on claims that early Christianity and the New Testament borrowed important beliefs and practices from a number of pagan mystery religions. Since these claims undermine such central Christian doctrines as Christ's death and resurrection, the charges are serious. But the evidence for such claims, when it even exists, often lies in sources several centuries older than the New Testament. Moreover, the alleged parallels often result from liberal scholars uncritically describing pagan beliefs and practices in Christian language and then marveling at the striking parallels they think they've discovered.

Was the New Testament Influenced By Pagan Philosophy? Did the Christianity of the first century A.D. borrow any of its essential beliefs[1] from the pagan philosophical systems of that time? Was first century Christianity -- the Christianity reflected in the pages of the New Testament -- a syncretistic religion (i.e., a religion which fuses elements of differing belief systems)

Conflicting Accounts of Creation? ...Aren’t the creation accounts in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 in conflict?

6000 or millions of years old? ...A brief look at the Young Earth / Old Earth theories.

Can God Create a Stone So Heavy that He Cannot Move It? The historical understanding of omnipotence never meant that God can do anything whatsoever

Noah's ark ... Big enough to carry two of every species?

The Flood ..Global or Local? Scientists from NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and Columbia University have uncovered evidence that confirms there was once a massive flood in the northern hemisphere. Includes The Seattle Scablands and The Rainbow.

Methuselah lived how long? ...Is it possible that  people lived hundreds of years like the Bible says?

Who did Cain marry? ...If Adam and Eve were really the first people, where did Cain find his wife? Who helped Cain build a city?

Also See

Answering Christ’s Critics: Allegedly, Jesus did and said many questionable things throughout His ministry that should cause one to flee from Him rather than follow Him. This article addresses several of those criticisms and provides reasonable responses in defense of the deity and unblemished disposition of Christ

 

 

Off Site Resources

Apologeticspress
 
has done the in-depth, painstaking research necessary to answer skepticism's charge that the
Bible is filled with various discrepancies and contradictions.

Biblequery.org
is an attempt attempted to hunt down every objection, difficulty, and alleged contradiction
every non-Christian and Christian has asked.

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Books

Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
by Norman Geisler.

This 800 page volume may be the best reference book you could ever own. Topics range from Absolute Truth to Zen.

When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences
by Norman Geisler and Ron Brooks
Hard questions that are often given as reasons for not believing in Christianity... answered in a clear and philosophical manner.

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