Here is a list of Bible verses (in canonical order) that relate to apologetics and a description of their apologetic significance. The verses are constantly being updated, so please check back to see a verse you are looking for has been added. If you want to add a verse, please contact us with the verse or verses and a description of how it relates to apologetics. Thank you.
1 Peter 3:15
The word apologetic in this verse comes from the Greek word ἀπολογία, which was used at the time to refer to a legal defense in a courtroom. English translations typically translate this as ‘answer’ or ‘defense’ (hopefully we can change this). Defense is a good translation, but it makes this verse too easy to gloss over if not paying close attention, which is why ‘apologetic’ would be a better translation. A good defense, and therefore, a good apologetic, is based on reason and evidence. It is logical, coherent, and accounts for all the data. It builds a case for Christianity, answers objections, and makes a case against competing worldviews.
This verse is typically considered a general command that applies to the whole church. Sanctify (ἁγιάσατε) at the beginning of the verse is an imperative of command, which is the followed by further instructions on how to carry out the command: by being prepared to give an apologetic to everyone who asks, but with gentleness and respect. The verse also says to “always be prepared.” This suggests that a person should keep up on their apologetic knowledge so that they can remember the answers when asked. Moreover, it also says to give an apologetic to “everyone.” This means you should be prepared to give an apologetic to your parents, friends, college professors, or anyone else who asks. Finally, the verse closes by telling us how to give an apologetic, with gentleness and respect. This should go without saying for Christians, but it is easier said than done. When giving an apologetic, focus on respecting the other person and their position, Truly try to understand it and ask questions for further understanding. Doing so will help you respond in gentleness.