Ap·o·lo·gi·a – apəˈlōj(ē)ə/
The Greek word apologia means to give a reason or defense for what one believes. As the apostle Peter says in 1 Peter 3:15-16: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (NIV)
As a general rule, the Church is largely unaware of apologetics. The majority of Christians are ill-equipped to defend their faith in modern culture, so they lack the confidence to share their faith and the knowledge to do it effectively. As a result, young people are leaving the church at an alarming rate while churches and their members are straying from a biblical worldview.
With Christianity viewed by most people as anti-intellectual and evangelism becoming increasingly difficult, what is the Church to do? Apologetics can help solve both of these issues since it entails sharing the history, science, and philosophy which supports our faith and provides insurmountable evidence for biblical truth.
The purpose of Apologetics Awareness Week - September 10-17, 2017 - is to unite the apologetics community in promoting rational faith in the church, Christian schools, and throughout the culture. You can help with this effort by networking intentionally, particularly through social media during this week. And don’t forget the power of personal, face-to-face communication, especially with your church’s leadership.
Please like, share, tweet, read, watch, listen to, write, and/or record materials on the topics below! Use the hashtag #apologeticsweek.
Sun, Sept 10: What is Apologetics and Why do it?
Mon, Sept 11: Epistemology and Science (what is true and how do we know).
Tue, Sept 12: Natural Theology Arguments for the Existence of God.
Wed, Sept 13: Moral Argument and Morality.
Thu, Sept 14: Biblical Reliability.
Fri, Sept 15: Theological and Doctrinal Apologetics.
Sat, Sept 16: Service as an Apologetic. Get out and serve your community for the glory of God.
Sun, Sept 17: Methods for Apologetics and Evangelism.
Please post your photos and testimonies from Apologetics Awareness Week on the Apologetics Awareness Facebook page. For more ideas on what you can do, go to http://www.apologeticsawareness.org/apologetics-week.
If you have any questions or comments regarding Apologetics Awareness Week, please contact Jay Medenwaldt at 303-877-6974 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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