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[[Apologetics]] is the branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of [[Christian]] doctrines. The practice of apologetics involves constructing seemingly logical arguments to prove that [[God]] exists using pure reason. People who practice apologetics are known as apologists.
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[[Apologetics]] is the systematic defense of a position. The term comes from the Greek word ''apologia'' (ἀπολογία), meaning defense of a position against an attack and should not be confused with the modern word "apology". Those who engage in this practice are known as apologists or apologetes.
  
Note that the word "apologetics" comes ultimately from a Greek word meaning "defense", and is not to be confused with the modern word "apology".
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This wiki focuses, primarily, on [[Christian]] apologetics and apologists.
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==Christian Apologetics==
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Christian apologetics can be divided into three categories:
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===Thomistic/Classical===
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This method of apologetics relies on philosophical arguments to support the existence of a god and builds upon those foundational arguments with additional arguments designed to support specific Christian claims.
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===Evidentialist===
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This method relies on empirical evidence (historical evidence as well as archeology, cosmology, biology and other sciences) to build arguments which attempt to justify belief in God, miracles and other supernatural claims of Christian theology.
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===Presuppositional===
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This method asserts that belief in god and the truth of revealed scripture ([[The Bible]]) are foundational assumptions. Beginning with those assumptions, the presuppostionalist attempts to rationally justify Christianity, defend Christianity from attack and attack perceived flaws in other worldviews.
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Revision as of 14:02, 26 July 2006

Apologetics is the systematic defense of a position. The term comes from the Greek word apologia (ἀπολογία), meaning defense of a position against an attack and should not be confused with the modern word "apology". Those who engage in this practice are known as apologists or apologetes.

This wiki focuses, primarily, on Christian apologetics and apologists.

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Christian Apologetics

Christian apologetics can be divided into three categories:

Thomistic/Classical

This method of apologetics relies on philosophical arguments to support the existence of a god and builds upon those foundational arguments with additional arguments designed to support specific Christian claims.

Evidentialist

This method relies on empirical evidence (historical evidence as well as archeology, cosmology, biology and other sciences) to build arguments which attempt to justify belief in God, miracles and other supernatural claims of Christian theology.

Presuppositional

This method asserts that belief in god and the truth of revealed scripture (The Bible) are foundational assumptions. Beginning with those assumptions, the presuppostionalist attempts to rationally justify Christianity, defend Christianity from attack and attack perceived flaws in other worldviews.

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