George Rogers Clark is one of Vincennes most popular historical celebrities. People from Vincennes know his story well. How Clark fought to capture and then recapture Fort Sackville (located in Vincennes at the George Rogers Clark Memorial). This is significant because due to an informal rule of war that any land connected to captured waterway is claimed by that side. According to the George Rogers Clark Memorial website (https://www.nps.gov/gero/learn/historyculture/stlouis.htm, accessed April 2018), “Without control of Fort Sackville, the British could have successfully argued for retaining possession of the land northwest of the Ohio River, and the United States might have ended immediately west of the 13 original colonies.” If it were not for George Rogers Clark most of the United States could have belonged to the British today!
“If a country is not worth protecting it is not worth claiming.” George Rogers Clark
George Rogers Clark once said, “If a country is not worth protecting it is not worth claiming.” I see protecting and defending to be fairly similar. Clark would say that if want to claim something as your own, you should also be willing to defend (protect) it. I think Peter says something similar in 1 Peter 3:15, “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” If Christ is your hope, Peter is telling you to be able to defend it.
Defense apologetics is used when one wants to defend against some attack on their belief.
Defense apologetics is used when one wants to defend against some attack on their belief. You can roughly think of this as being a defense attorney in court. Someone, the prosecutor, thinks they have a case against something that you’ve done or said. It’s the defense’s job to show why your actions are correct or justified. (And why the prosecutor’s case fails… but more on that next week)
For example some may say that Jesus Christ was a myth and without Him, Christianity falls apart.
There are a lot of places the apologist can go to defend their belief that Jesus actually existed. However, no evidence compares quite as well as the New Testament’s testimony of Jesus. One of the things I love pointing out to people is the number of New Testament manuscripts we have found to defend his existence.
To compare, if we were to stack every manuscript we have of the philosopher Aristotle it would be about 4 feet tall. That’s not bad considering he had no printing press and he lived almost 400 years before Jesus. Now if we were to stack every manuscript we have of the New Testament it would be over a mile high. (Danial B. Wallace said this in a lecture at “Discover the Evidence” on December 6, 2013, read from Josh & Sean McDowell’s book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, pg 53). On that evidence alone, would it seem reasonable to think Aristotle existed but not Jesus? I don’t think so.
We live in a day of skepticism and unbelief so apologetics is a tool that all Christians should be prepared with.
Defense apologetics is used to show why a Christian claim is True and worthy to be believed. We live in a day of skepticism and unbelief so this is a tool that all Christians should be prepared with.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Apologist
Question: Can you think of an example of when you or someone you know defended their belief in something?