In Catholicism, the term apologetics refers to the discipline of putting forth arguments as to why Christianity, and specifically the Catholic Christian Faith, is the only true faith. Learn the foundations of Apologetics in the first lesson in our Apologetics Course.Preview This Lesson
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All Catholics are called to spread the Gospel:
And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: “All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”
For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and to the Greek. For the justice of God is revealed therein, from faith unto faith, as it is written: The just man liveth by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice: Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it unto them. For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity: so that they are inexcusable.
Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans 1:16-20
This course is designed for those who want to spread the truth but hesitate because they feel unequipped to do so.
Consider two words: "proselytize" and "evangelize."
Proselytize (pronounced prŏs′ə-lĭ-tīz′) according to the Oxford Dictionary means:
To be "politically correct" in today's American society, one must never proselytize.
Evangelize (pronounced ĭ-văn′jə-līz′) means "to try to convert (a group or area) to a different way of thinking." Although "evangelize" has taken on a Christian connotation in American English, the words proselytize and evangelize are actually synonyms!
Proselyting and evangelizing are both forms of arguments in the field of apologetics. Apologetics, then, is an ancient philosophical art dating back well before the B.C. and A.D. system of dating came into being. Apologetics is the philosopher's quest for truth. Let's begin with an extremely short overview of philosophy starting well before the time of Christ.
To be an effective advocative for the Catholic faith, one must be prepared to defend the Faith with specific proofs. Without this knowledge, one only adds to the noise of those who have no idea of why ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
Apologetics #1: Getting Started is part of the following course(s):