Apologetics



the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity.
Contemporary Examples

And Obama has worked to push American foreign policy beyond Carterite apologetics or Bushesque saber-rattling.
Carter Is Worse Than Clint Gil Troy September 3, 2012

I know that some of you are going to call this Obama apologetics, but you know what?
The NSA Program and the Law Michael Tomasky June 17, 2013

I’m not so worried that the oligarchs will pay for apologetics on their behalf.
All Good Things… David Frum June 2, 2013

Historical Examples

The orthodox writer deals severely with some lines of Christian apologetics which have since had vogue.
Rationalism John Mackinnon Robertson

Pro-Japanese apologetics is dangerous; it obscures the realities of the situation.
China, Japan and the U.S.A. John Dewey

He might have spared his apologetics, for there was no opposition.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, March 19, 1919 Various

But that is not an unusual feature of Christian apologetics.
The Churches and Modern Thought Philip Vivian

In like fashion, historic rationalism has often tended to use Reason as an agency of justification and apologetics.
Reconstruction in Philosophy John Dewey

Any single effort in apologetics may be termed “an apology.”
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3 Various

In the armoury of apologetics etymology has been the most serviceable weapon.
Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 Andrew Lang

noun (functioning as sing)
the branch of theology concerned with the defence and rational justification of Christianity
a defensive method of argument

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