Is There A Need of Apologetics Today? By: Nicholai Lucenos,CFD,PDR

My Brothers and Sister in Christ Our Church is calling an Apologetics study regarding with our faith and if necessary defend it,

THE ACTS AND DECREES OF SECOND PLENARY COUNCIL OF THE PHILIPPINES STATES THAT APOLOGETICS IS NEED OF THE CHURCH

221   Ecumenical dialogue between the Church and these aggressive non-Catholic groups has been rendered extremely difficult at the moment. The aggressiveness of their activities, and their ways of evangelizing, perceived as negatively critical, have justly caused the Church leadership to be very cautious in allowing any Catholic contact with these groups.

222    Faced with these realities, there is need of widespread catechesis and apologetics. We need not apologize for apologetic catechesis. Since its birth, Christianity has been subject to attacks from which it has had to defend itself. Jesus had to answer objections  to His early Christian errors, and charged his disciples to protect the faithful from them while keeping pure the deposit of the faith. Apologetics has
 always been part of  the pastoral and theological tradition of the Church. We must today be willing and able to defend our teaching in public fora, and we need to equip the faithful so that they can defend their faith. Parish priests must encourage and support the training of  lay Catholic faith defenders.

 

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APOLOGETICS 

A theological science which has for its purpose the explanation and defence of the Christian religion.

Apologetics means, broadly speaking, a form of apology. The term is derived from the Latin adjective, apologeticus, which, in turn has its origin in the Greek adjective, apologetikos, the substantive being apologia, “apology”, “defence”. As an equivalent of the plural form, the variant, “Apologetic”, is now and then found in recent writings, suggested probably by the corresponding French and German words, which are always in the singular. But the plural form, “Apologetics”, is far more common and will doubtless prevail, being in harmony with other words similarly formed, as ethics, statistics, homiletics. In defining apologetics as a form of apology, we understand the latter word in its primary sense, as a verbal defence against a verbal attack, a disproving of a false accusation, or a justification of an action or line of conduct wrongly made the object of censure. Such, for example, is the Apology of Socrates, such the Apologia of John Henry Newman. This is the only sense attaching to the term as used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or by the French and Germans of the present day.  (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01618a.htm)

: systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine)
: a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity

(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apologetics)

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