Apostle's Creed Apologetics: What Is Apologetics?
Redeemer has been going through the Apostle’s Creed this summer, which is the oldest Christian creed we have. It states things that are foundational for all Christians to believe in because they are all found in Scripture. Some of the statements are controversial even within the church (like the phrase “He descended into Hell” and the topic of God’s judgment), but almost all are controversial within our secular culture. The exclusive claims of Christianity are not appreciated in our relativistic culture, and the idea that there is only one way to God is offensive to many. Arguments are often offered against the claims of Christianity to show that it is false or should only be held as a set of personal, private beliefs. But Christians believe that Christianity is true for all people. Because of these circumstances and our command as Christians to give a defense of the gospel (1 Peter 3:15) and “contend for the faith” (Jude 1:3), we would be wise to be familiar with the field of apologetics.
What is Apologetics?
Apologetics is giving a defense of the beliefs of the Christian worldview (the set of beliefs one has about reality that informs how they choose to live their life) as true, rational, and compelling—Christianity makes the most sense of the world we live in and leads to the most human flourishing for all. So, a Christian apologist simply defends the foundational tenets of the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible.