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Part 3 What does the word "apologetics" mean? The word "apologetics" is derived from the ancient Greek word apologia, which means, an apology.
Not an apology in the modern sense of the word - which is to say you're sorry for something. But rather, an apology in the ancient sense of the word - which is to make a reasoned defense of something or someone.
In ancient times, the word apology referred to the case a lawyer would make on behalf of his client. Apologetics is about building the case for our Faith Basically, there are 3 types of apologetics: Natural apologetics builds the case for truths we can know from the "natural" light of reason.
Truths that can be known without any divine intervention. Truths which the articles of our Faith rest upon and build upon. Truths such as the existence of God, the innate spirituality of the human soul, the objective reality of right and wrong Christian apologetics, on the other hand, builds the case for divinely revealed truths - truths that cannot be known by reason apart from faith.
Truths such as the reality of biblical miracles, the divinity of Christ, the Virgin Birth, and the Resurrection to name a few. Catholic apologetics encompasses all of Christian apologetics - since Catholicism is the fullness of Christianity - but Catholic apologetics tends to focus on those truths of Christianity that are not generally believed by non-Catholic Christians.
Back to top Are there any basic rules for doing apologetics? We need to always keep in mind 1 Ptr 3: So, how can we "always be prepared" to make a defense of our Faith? Pray to the Holy Spirit. Pray that He will give you the courage to share your Faith and the wisdom to choose your words carefully and profitably.
You don't have to know everything right now! Just learn a little bit more about your Faith each and every day. Listen to apologetics tapes.
Read books on or by the Saints. Learn a little bit at a time. Will you make mistakes? Will you get into tight spots Of course you will, but Peter made mistakes!
He got into tight spots. Yet, Jesus told Peter not to be afraid. Because if we are sincere in our desire to share the truth with others Always view a question about your Faith, or even an attack on your Faith, as an opportunity - an opportunity to share the truth.
Stay calm and stay determined to bring light into darkness.
Quite often Catholics get frustrated by what I call the doctrinal dance Before you can answer one question, you're asked another.Hackers solve problems and build things, and they believe in freedom and voluntary mutual help.
To be accepted as a hacker, you have to behave as though you have this kind of attitude yourself. @nornagest Uh are you agreeing that mistake-theory-legible problems are not the main problems, and find that to be good cause to curse the heavens?
Patagonia, led by founder Yvon Chouinard, is here to fight "evil." By which he means, Donald Trump and anyone else looking to destroy Mother Nature.
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A question, Scott. Have you, so far, regretted the posts you have tagged as Things I Will Regret Writing? It seems to me that the articles are inherently worthy to be written, being all of well-researched, well-supported, (extremely) well-written, and on a very important and very contentious topic, upon which you elucidate many things, very clearly.
After all the excitement of the lead-up, the hope, the optimism and the speculation, the first week of the Rugby Championship is over and things pretty much went exactly as most people expected.