Apologetics is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of reason.

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How can a Christian effectively explain the seeming contradiction between Gen 1:31 and Gen 6:6?

Gen 1:31 (KJV) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 6:6 (KJV) And it repented the LORD that he had ...
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How can one explain the apparent contradiction between Ex 31:17 and Is 40:28

Exodus 31:17 (NIV) It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed. Isaiah ...
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How to answer “Why do evil and suffering exist?”

I believe that evil exists because God gave us free will. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Because of this The Fall of man happened and drew us away from God. Suffering exists not only because God can ...
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What reasons do Christians have to believe there is one God? [closed]

Related to What reasons does Christianity give for "Why There Must Be A God?". In my reading on apologetics, I have come across many arguments for Theism, but next to nothing for ...
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Did God use man as a vehicle to bring about death? [closed]

Before creation there would have been no death. All of the Angels God created are eternal. When God Created everything then time was also created, but Earth and time are both temporary creations. ...
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Question regarding the nature of moral absolutes [closed]

I was having a highly spirited debate with one of my best friends about religion. He is an avowed atheist. When I brought up the subject of morality, he countered me with an interesting argument that ...
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Is SIN a sin just because God says it is sin? [duplicate]

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ...
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How do the Dead Sea Scrolls impact modern apologetics?

I understand that the 1946 discovery of almost a thousand ancient texts in caves on the West Bank has had a significant impact, I'm just trying to figure out what specific changes the discovery has ...
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Is there a difference between theology and apologetics?

I've heard that it all has to do with knowing the right audience. Perhaps, if the audience be Christian, it would be labelled as "theology", and if the audience is non-Christian, it would be labelled ...
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How did Adam and Eve sin when they lacked a sinful nature? [closed]

I've been debating on the issue of sinful nature. I know the textbook Christian position is that man inherits the sinful nature from Adam and Eve, who acquired it as a result of the Fall. Because of ...
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What is the “Leviathan” mentioned in Job?

I'm trying to brush up on my apologetics skills, but this is one question I haven't found a clear answer to. I've seen a few explanations for this — a dinosaur, crocodile, whale etc., but none ...
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How can Heaven exist if we know that people in Hell will suffer?

Suppose for the following scenario that both the Christian Heaven and Hell exist. My mother is a good Christian and loves me dearly. I am an atheist, and will therefore go to hell upon death. [If ...
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From a Fundamentalist standpoint, what does the phrase “Inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God” mean?

Many denominations teach that the Bible is the "Inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God." Detractors of Christianity, and even other denominations within Christianity disagree with all or some of ...
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Why can't Catholicism just drop its Marian devotion?

Catholicism puts great emphasis on the importance on the Mary, the Mother of God. It honors her and insists upon her perpetual sinlessness and perpetual virginity. And in my observation, it seems as ...
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What are some good resources that explain the rational reasons behind the faith for a questioning Atheist? [closed]

I have been contemplating the existence of a god for years now, and have settled upon the idea as a remedy to the absurd. I would like to believe in God, but my mind is so apt to lean on reason that ...
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What specifically is in the Pentateuch that later writers could not have known?

I have heard people say that the Five Books of Moses had to be divine and written 3-4kya because there is content in it that later writers (a la Documentary Hypothesis) simply could not have known. ...
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Was Jesus command to watch in Matthew 26 just for that night or was it a general caution for the Church?

Jesus charged his disciples to watch and pray in Matthew Chapter 26, and in earlier reading it seemed to me that he was probably referring to the events of that night. In my more recent studies the ...
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Why is Jeremiah 31:31-34 interpreted by Catholic Christians to point toward Jesus?

Why is Jeremiah 31:31-34 interpreted by Catholic Christians to point toward Jesus? How and why has Christianity fused together the idea of a Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, or messiah, with the concept of something ...
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Is the Eternal imperative?

I just had an interesting conversation at Ask The Atheist: http://asktheatheist.com/?p=1860 Essentially, I asked: Do atheists believe that everything came from nothingness or do they believe that ...
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What does Ravi Zacharias mean when he says “Intent is always prior to content”?

I am a constant listener to Ravi's Podcasts and he always says "Intent is always prior to content." What does that mean? Thanks
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What properties does Christianity attribute to God [closed]

What are the claimed properties of God that define Christianity, and what is the basis or reason for each attribution?
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Did church fathers ever deal with “Bible requires brutality” critics?

A recent question here caused some confusion, and increases my curiosity about this topic. Someone asked why people say Christians have disdain for the handicapped. (Apparent) practicing Christians ...
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What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints view of historical-critical methods?

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints view of historical-critical methods? The method calls for understanding the world behind the ancient text, accepting that the text has human ...
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How to answer: “If God is omnipotent, can he create an object he cannot move?” [duplicate]

Some people think that God cannot exist because he would be paradoxical, for example "If God is omnipotent, can he create an object he cannot move?" How should this question be answered? Thanks.
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What place does the Ontological argument for God have in Christianity?

As I understand it, the Ontological argument that is sometimes applied to the existence of God goes something like this: God by definition is perfect. Non-existence would be an imperfection, ...
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How is the historical accuracy of the Bible defended?

Loosely tied to the idea of Biblical Inerrancy, one of the basic tenets of Christianity is that Scripture is reliable. This includes the idea of being reliable as a source of "doctrine, for reproof, ...
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What evidence is there to support the position that the Bible is truly the Word of God to mankind?

Christianity generally accepts the Bible to be the Word of God, and the Bible itself makes this claim (i.e. 2 Peter 1:16-21). 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to ...
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Does the Church in general need to revisit and revise its strategy in maintaining the faith? [closed]

Is it a high time that we need to impart the young Christians (children) a comprehensive knowledge of all the doctrines of Christianity, or do we tend to raise them as unconvinced Christians ...
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Is there a way to prove the God of the Bible?

I understand that there is an element call faith to believe a system of belief. But my question is, are there valid arguments to prove God to someone who does not believe? Or at least to present God ...
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Why do those who take Matthew 23:9 literally not emphasize 23:8 and 23:10 similarly?

This could be seen as a follow-up question for "Is there any Christian group that takes Matthew 23:8-10 literally?". There are some groups (usually evangelical) who emphasize Matthew 23:9, especially ...
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How do you answer the unanswerable questions?

How do you respond to the "trivia" or "only God knows" type questions which cannot be answered from the Bible or science (yet)? This is more of a general question, such as do you blow them off or ...
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How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark?

During the great flood Noah was ordered by God to fetch two animals of each species and put them into his ark. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind ...
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Rules behind resolving alleged Biblical discrepancies

One of the charges that is consistently leveled against Biblical reliability is that the Bible is "full of contradictions". This is certainly not a new charge, and the field of Apologetics, with its ...
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Any philosphers arguing that the Christian worldview is the most rational?

I have seen life at either extreme, first as a Hindu, with a sort of blind faith in general religiosity, and later as an atheist, with a blind faith in knowledge obtained through the senses alone. I ...
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Are there any references to “four canonical Gospels” prior to 100 AD?

According to the "Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung" eleven manuscripts of NT are from within the second century alone, which include: P52 (100-150), P90, 104 (2nd century), P66 (c. AD ...
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What is the LDS position on changing doctrine

One of the charges often levied against the LDS Church is that the doctrines change over time. For example, from http://20truths.info/mormon/doctrine.html and ...
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Why are some denominations so against the idea of personal revelation as a source of Truth?

In the spirit of On what basis do some denominations prohibit Christians from drinking alcohol? and Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view First, what this question ...
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How does evolution (genetic diversity) play out from Noah's Ark?

This is somewhat related to How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark? One of the comments read: "How does one propose to produce the various species/sub-species simply from 'some sort of cat', ...
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What is “Apologetics”, exactly, and how is it used to defend the Christian faith?

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, or those who have only a passing familiarity, what is apologetics, in relation to Christianity? Is it "proving the existence of God"? For that matter, ...
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How is the Christian Jesus different from the Muslim Jesus?

Obviously they refer to the same human being, however what are some beliefs that Christians hold about Jesus that Muslims do not share. I ask this question in sort of an apologetic spirit so that I ...
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Counterarguments to “KJV-only”?

Some people believe the King James Version of the Bible is the only version English-speakers should be using, as it is the only inspired translation. (This is referred to as "KJV-onlyism.") ...
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Is there an argument that God, as a self-proving entity, is necessary for logic?

I recall hearing an argument for God (or, really, that being a non-Christian was equivalent to being a nihilist) that in order for logic to be valid, one could not have circular arguments, but since ...
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Is it correct to say “any effort using scientific way to prove or disprove God is in vain”?

Am I right in saying that we can never use science to find the physical existence of God, neither could we disprove that? I am in academic, I am surrounded by so many "science-is-the-ultimate-answer" ...
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What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”

I realize this question could also be addressed on Philosophy.SE, but I am very interested to get specifically the Christian perspective on this issue. I was raised Catholic, but have left the Church ...
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Why are some people born into famine and starvation?

I was raised Christadelphian, and after 17 years of education and reading the bible, I dismissed my faith and left the church. One of my main reasons for turning my back on God was this. Why is it ...
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How to compare Christian pastor credentials?

Requirements for ordination vary across denominations. Baptists and Pentecostals, for example, will ordain people without even a high school diploma, whereas many of the more liturgical denominations ...
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What is “Manuscript Evidence” and how is it useful?

In several Apologetics articles (including one answer of mine on a different question), I see the statement that "there is overwhelming manuscript evidence to support the fact that the Bible has been ...
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Is Evolution / Darwinism just a modern version of Epicurean philosophy?

I am not asking this question with knowledge of the answer. I know very little about either. However I once read Lucretius, an Epicurean, ‘On the Nature of Things’ and it seemed that Epicurean ...
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How do we argue when someone posits a non-causal universe

So, I've been thinking about apologetics recently, and I've come to a rather nasty knot which I've not been able to unwind. It is relatively easy to get from the idea, "there must have been a first ...
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Biblical Prophecy and Fulfillment

I often hear the argument that the veracity of Christ's claims in the gospels can be considered reliable based upon two things: miracles and fulfilled prophecy. This pre-supposes the validity of the ...