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apologetics

[ uh-pol-uh-jet-iks ]

noun

, (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity using rational argument:

    In the face of evidence-based objections from the scientific community, creation apologetics has had to evolve to survive.

  2. reasoning in defense of any theory or doctrine, typically drawing on a set of established responses to specific criticisms:

    Capitalist apologetics often claim, quite convincingly, that unrestricted market competition safeguards democracy.



apologetics

/ əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪks /

noun

  1. the branch of theology concerned with the defence and rational justification of Christianity
  2. a defensive method of argument


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Word History and Origins

Origin of apologetics1

First recorded in 1725–35; apologetic, -ics
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Example Sentences

I know that some of you are going to call this Obama apologetics, but you know what?

I'm not so worried that the oligarchs will pay for apologetics on their behalf.

And Obama has worked to push American foreign policy beyond Carterite apologetics or Bushesque saber-rattling.

Michael Moynihan eviscerates the left-wing apologetics that appear in popular travel guides.

And that was before Pat Buchanan's later venture into explicit apologetics for Hitler in his World War II books.

At one bound Cossington's papers passed from apologetics varied by repudiation to triumphant praise.

Christianity, once an aggressive and virile movement, now resorts to apologetics, compromise and concession to prolong her life.

But that is not an unusual feature of Christian apologetics.

He perceived it was a hard and invincible malevolence, and that no petty apologetics of demeanour could avail against it.

In like fashion, historic rationalism has often tended to use Reason as an agency of justification and apologetics.

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