J.P. Moreland on the Command to Do Apologetics

"The word apologia means 'to defend something,' for example, offering positive arguments for and responding to negative arguments against your position in a courtroom.  It is important to recognize that this is exactly how the apostle Paul did evangelism (Acts 14:15-17; 17:2, 4, 17-31; 18:4; 19:8).  He persuaded people to become Christians by offering rational arguments on behalf of the truth of the gospel.  He even cited approvingly two pagan philosophers, Epimenides and Aratus (Acts 17:28), as part of his case for the gospel.  In 1 Peter 3:15, the apostle does not suggest that we be prepared to do this, he commands it." [1]

Courage and Godspeed,


1. J.P. Moreland, Loving God with All Your Mind, p. 54.