There have always been those who attack the Christian faith. To answer such challenges, the Church has always had its apologists. Apologetics is a branch of theology dedicated to providing reasons to believe and to the defense of the Gospel. The word ‘apologetics’ comes from the Greek work apologia, denoting a reasoned defense. This is the word used in 1 Peter 3:15, which commands us to:
“Be ready always to give an answer [apologia] to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
The purpose of this section of DefGen.org to provide such a reasoned defense for the resurrection of Christ Jesus, the very lynchpin of Christianity. This is not overstatement. The Apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, noted that:
“If Christ be not raised, your faith is in vain, ye are yet in your sins. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. …what doth it profit me if the dead rise not?
Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die.
(I Corinthians 15:14, 16, 19 & 29b
Ultimately, our hope is that the Christian’s faith will be strengthened and that those outside the faith might come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus through consideration of the evidences put forth and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
God bless you in your search for faith and truth:
- The Everlasting Gospel
- What Is the Gospel? What Must One Believe In Order To Be Saved?
- Zeus? Jesus? The Flying Spaghetti Monster? Why the Biblical Creator is the Only Rational Possibility
- The Crucifixion and the Issue of Blame
- The Last Enemy
- Defending Christ’s Existence
- Defending Christ’s Death
- Defending Christ’s Resurrection
- A Critique of the Archko Volume
- Is the Resurrection a Legendary or Mythical Element Added to the Real History of Christ?
Note: Much of the information contained in the articles Defending Christ’s Existence, Defending Christ’s Death and Defending Christ’s Resurrection is available in outline form in a PDF format at http://siriusknotts.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/resurrection.pdf.