Apologetics | What You Need to Know
As soon as one understands that apologetics comes from the Greek word for defense (apologetikos), the term becomes very easy to understand. Apologetics is a branch of study which aims to explain and justify Christian doctrine, demonstrating its reasonableness in the face of objections by those who do not accept it. Doing apologetics means defending the faith through the presentation of evidence and arguments.
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- The Rebirth of Apologetics (Avery Cardinal Dulles)
- Apologetics: Forgotten Science, Lost Art (Jeff Mirus, Trinity Communications)
- Catholic Answers (website)
A search of our site reviews for the term “apologetics” will bring up a number of excellent web sites devoted to this task. Three of them have excellent ratings in all of our review categories (fidelity, resources, and usability). These are led by the site listed in item 3 above, sponsored by Catholic Answers. This organization, under the leadership of Karl Keating, has been the most potent force in the ongoing revival discussed above.