is the defense of the faith against those who attack it from
outside. The term is sometimes used to refer to attempts to
evangelize the unsympathetic. A related discipline is Polemics, which
is the defense of the faith against those who undermine it from within.
Cynically, you might say that it is the defense of church orthodoxy or
dogma against heretics - those who disagree with the declared doctrine
of the church (as distinct from the declared doctrine of Scripture).
The Reformers were therefore Catholic heretics, and Reformation
doctrine became the orthodoxy of Protestantism. Those who disagree
with that orthodoxy are now labelled heretics by the Protestants.
The arguments of Polemics will be found on the Doctrine
page since, in my own estimation, the doctrine of the Reformers is the
doctrine of Scripture. Of course, you may be inclined to disagree.
That's OK. "May God be true and every man a liar" (Rom 3:4).
Here's a useful
apologetics website: "Coffee Cup Apologetics" at http://ccapologetics.wordpress.com/
apologetic arguments are contained on the Cults
Page. There is an excellent article addressing the differences
between Catholics and Protestants from CRI (showing that Catholicism is
not a cult and it is not monolithic). also has a number of apologetic
arguments. Apologetics requires a broad knowledge of the world, and a
keen sense of the dividing line between that knowledge and
the knowledge of God. Remember, Christianity is a reasonable
belief system that can be argued and articulated in a rational fashion.
But it is also revelation, not an intellectual conclusion.
Nonsense Challenges to Inerrancy:
you've heard that domesticated camels didn't exist in the Near East
until the 9th century BC. So when camels are mentioned in Gen 12 and
24, it's supposed to invalidate the reliability of Scripture. The Greek
word for such nonsense is thppppffftt! The claim is based on that
always reliable method of carbon-dating. The problem is... well, click here
to read how such renowned "scientists" can be so patently wrong: they
tend to leave behind common sense and contradictory evidence.