Recently I've had a lot of experiences related to apologetics, from school, to Worldview academy, to camps, to books, and so on. And I've come to realize that we, living in a pseudo-Christian culture dominated by an intellectual atheist media, ignore apologetics far too much, and I think that this is a huge reason for why Christianity is being overcome by atheism.
First of all, if you don't know, apologetics is a word for defending your faith. It comes from 1 Peter 3:15: "Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 'Answer' here is the word apologia (I think or something) which means "defense". Ergo, apologetics means defending faith.
I just winged that paragraph, it's probably right. Maybe. I don't know. Moving on.
Today, apologetics means using logic, reason, and science to defend the faith. This is extremely important. These three areas are where Christians are constantly attacked by intellectuals. Things like "people who go to church don't look at the evidence" and "Christianity is so illogical" and "Science disproves Christianity". We need to be able to answer these attacks with things that intellectuals have to either acknowledge and respect, or ignore and lose their own credibility.
We can't answer all these things with "God will do his work in their hearts". God's work is apologetics! He made logic, reason, and science for Him! We can't ignore this area.
So, I urge you, read up. At least get the basics. I'm currently reading the book On Guard, and I highly advise it. William Lane Craig is a good person to look up. Also Lee Strobel, and The Case for Christ.
I finally posted again. I'm such a procrastinator.
Please send in some way any questions that you'd like answered. I want to do more posts about apologetics.