“Apologetics and Agape” – we Christians need to do both – both give apologetic answers to issues of the Faith, and to genuinely love people as people.
This site is basically about Christian apologetic issues and defending Biblical Christianity; especially focused on answering Muslims; but also any other Biblical, moral, social or political issue that I desire to discuss as seems fit to address. I will probably be commenting on Roman Catholicism, church history, homosexuality, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, atheism/skepticism/Darwinian Evolution, other false doctrines such as “The Word of Faith” Movement, and Abortion also.
I also have in my title “agape”, which is one of the Greek NT words for “love”; and I sincerely believe that even though we disagree strongly with the doctrines, practices, theology, and politics of Islam and Sharia law; we are commanded to love Muslims as people who are created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26-28) Muslims see any criticism or attack on their doctrines or the Qur’an or Hadith or their prophet, Muhammad, as also attacks against them. That is not my intent. We cannot avoid all offense; but hopefully, Muslims can see that I try hard to stick to issues and principles and doctrines; and not go “ad homimen” (attacking people) on them.
απολογια – “apologia” where we get “apologetics” from. Means basically a reasoned Scriptural and doctrinal answer to questions about the faith of Christianity; a defense. I Peter 3:15 “defense” (see below). Contending for the faith means to be involved in apologetic answers for people who have questions or who make attacks or have mis-understandings about Christianity.
αγαπη – “agape” = love
contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints
. . . keeping yourselves in the love of God . . .
I Peter 3:15
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
2 Corinthians 5:14
For the love of Christ controls us . . .
So, we see the need for both, apologetics and agape love in Scripture.
I also blog over at Beggar’s All Reformation and Apologetics with James Swan and others.