(Our guest blogger this week is my friend, David Roper. Anne.)
A little over three weeks ago we launched this website with an URL that expresses our purpose: www.apologetics4children.com. I can imagine someone responding, “Why do you emphasize ‘apologetics’? Are you apologizing for the gospel? Shame on you!”
No one has actually said that to me, but I figure at least one person out there is not 100% sure what the word “apologetics” means.
“Apologetics” is from the Greek word apologia, which refers to “a verbal defense.” In the King James Version, it was often translated “answer.” In most modern translations, it is translated “defense.” It is the word used in 1 Peter 3:15: “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always beingready to make a DEFENSE [apologia] to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (NASB).
The word with which most of us are familiar—“apology”—is from the Latin, a transliteration of the Greek word. In academia, this word can refer to a formal defense. But most of us equate an apology with saying “I’m sorry” or “I was wrong.” The gospel does NOT need that kind of apology! Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
On the other hand, the gospel and all it entails is under attack today as perhaps never before. It does need a DEFENSE—a gentle and reverent defense, as Peter put it. The purpose of the website SEEDS OF FAITH is to equip parents and others with apologetic (defense) tools to help build the faith of their children.
We could then ask the question “Why apologetics for CHILDREN?”
But that’s a subject for another day.