Original Posting At http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2019/09/apologetics-means-defense.html
One fine Southern lady, upon hearing that I teach Christian apologetics, remarked indignantly, “I’ll never apologize for my faith!”
The reason for her misunderstanding is obvious: ‘Apologetics’ sounds like ‘apologize.’ But apologetics is not the art of telling somebody you’re sorry that you’re a Christian! Rather ‘apologetics’ comes from the Greek word ‘apologia,’which means a defense, as in a court of law. Christian apologetics involves making a case for the truth of the Christian faith.
The Bible actually commands us to have such a case ready to give any unbeliever who wants to know why we believe what we do. Just as the contestants in a fencing match have learned both to parry each attack as well as to go on the offensive themselves, so we must always be ‘on guard.’ First Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to make a defense [apologia] to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (Author’s translation)
— William Lane Craig in “On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision”