Be Shaped for Apologetics at Morling College
Apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which means “a defence”, as in a court of law. Paul uses this word in Acts 26:2 when he is defending himself before King Agrippa. Christian apologetics involves providing rational justification for the truth claims of Christianity as well as showing its relevance for everyday life. It’s not only true, it works!
So why, as Christians, should we study apologetics? The simplest answer is that it is commanded by Scripture. The biblical mandate for apologetics comes from 1 Peter 3:15:
“…but in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence [apologia] to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (ESV)
According to Peter, we are to respectfully provide reasons to unbelievers who ask us, which obviously entails us knowing the reasons in the first place (see also Jude 3).
Principal Ross Clifford leads a unit in Christian Apologetics at Morling College.
In addition to the mandate to study and practise apologetics, we are given examples of apologetics in the Bible. Jesus appealed to fulfilled prophecy, miracles and his resurrection to back up his own radical personal claims (Lk 24:25–27; Jn 14:11; Mt 12:38–42). Furthermore, the apostles regularly used apologetics in their witnessing (Acts 17:2–4; 2Cor 10:5; Jn 20:31).
Here at Morling we have a long and rich tradition of equipping Christians not only to know the reasons for their faith but also to be able to share those reasons with our critics in a respectful and engaging manner. We do that in the classroom, on field trips, in mock debates and mentoring, and via conferences and seminars.