Legal Evidence for the Truth of the Faith
Christians are therefore precisely on the right track when they defend their position in terms of the weight of factual evidence for Christ's deity.
The apostle exhorts Christians to "be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Pet. 3:15). The word translated "answer" here is the Greek apologia, "defense," and from it comes the name of the theological discipline concerned with defending Christian truth-claims: apologetics.
Through church history, apologists for the faith have often relied on philosophical styles of reasoning to bolster their efforts; thus Augustine depended heavily on Plato, and Aquinas borrowed extensively from Aristotle. With the decline of these ...