- This word (from the Greek apologia, meaning "a speech in self-defense") is used to describe people who engage in apologetics or who write in defense of Christianity. Because Christianity has always experienced attacks and so is always in need of defenders, apologetics has a long history, beginning with the apologists of the second century who defended Christianity from paganism to apologists of the twenty-first century who defend Christianity from secularism andatheism.See apologetics.
Glossary of theological terms. John T. Ford. 2014.
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