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apologetics at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Branch of Christian theology devoted to the intellectual defense of faith. In Protestantism, apologetics is distinguished from polemics, the defense of a particular sect. In Roman Catholicism, apologetics refers to the defense of the whole of Catholic teaching. Apologetics has traditionally argued positively to quell believers' doubts and negatively against opposing beliefs to remove obstacles to conversion. It attempts to take objections to Christianity seriously without giving ground to skepticism. Biblical apologetics defended Christianity as the culmination of Judaism, with Jesus as the Messiah. J. Calvin's "natural theology" attempted to establish religious truths by rational argument. The late-18th-cent. argument that a universe exhibiting design must have a designer continues to be used to the present; apologists have also dealt with the challenges of Darwinism, Marxism, and psychoanalysis. See also Apologist.

apologetics at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

57 Moby Thesaurus words for "apologetics":
Buddhology, Mariolatry, Mariology, Mercersburg theology, apologia,
apology, argument, argumentation, bicker, bickering, canonics,
casuistry, contention, controversy, crisis theology, defense,
dialogical theology, disputation, dispute, divinity, doctrinalism,
doctrinism, dogmatics, eschatology, existential theology, flyting,
hagiography, hagiology, hassle, hierology, hubbub, litigation,
logomachy, logos Christology, logos theology, natural theology,
neoorthodox theology, neoorthodoxy, paper war, passage of arms,
patristic theology, phenomenological theology, physicotheology,
polemic, polemics, rationalism, religion, rhubarb,
scholastic theology, secularism, set-to, soteriology, systematics,
theology, verbal engagement, war of words, wrangling

Apologetics at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Apologetics \A*pol`o*get"ics\, n.
That branch of theology which defends the Holy Scriptures,
and sets forth the evidence of their divine authority.

apologetics at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of
Christian doctrines

apologetics at English (WD) Of Explained:

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From Inter: etyl » LL. Inter: term » apologia, from Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » ἀπολογία|tr=apologia|sc=polytonic||a speech in defense, from Inter: term » ἀπολογοῦμαι|sc=polytonic|tr=apologoumai||I speak in one's defense, from Inter: term » ἀπόλογος|sc=polytonic|tr=apologos||an account, story, from Inter: term » ἀπό|sc=polytonic|tr=apo||from, off (see apo-) + Inter: term » λόγος|tr=logos|sc=polytonic||speech.


Inter: en-noun » -
  • The field of study concerned with the systematic defense of a position, or of religious or occult doctrines

    Related terms

    * apologete
    • apologetic
    • apologeticism
    • apologist
    • apologize
    • apology


      Inter: trans-top » field of study concerned with the systematic defense of a position
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|apologetika|f
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|апологетика|f|tr=apologétika|sc=Cyrl

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|apologética|f

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