Apologetics - How to Explain and Defend Our Faith

Rules for Good Apologetics

  1. Pray.  Pray to the Holy Spirit.  Pray that He will give you the courage to share your Faith and the wisdom to choose your words carefully and profitably.
  2. You don't have to know everything right now!  Just learn a little bit more about your Faith each and every day.  Read Scripture.  Read the Catechism.  Listen to apologetics tapes.  Read books on or by the Saints.  Learn a little bit at a time.
  3. "Do not be afraid, henceforth you will be catching men."  Jesus said this to Peter, but He's also saying it to us. Will you make mistakes?  Will you get into tight spots...when you start sharing your Faith with others?  Of course you will, but Peter made mistakes! He got into tight spots.  Yet, Jesus told Peter not to be afraid. Why?  Because if we are sincere in our desire to share the truth with others...to share Jesus Christ with others...then Jesus will find a way to make something good come out of even our mistakes.
  4. Always view a question about your Faith, or even an attack on your Faith, as an opportunity - an opportunity to share the truth.  Stay calm and stay determined to bring light into darkness.
  5. Don't get frustrated. Quite often Catholics get frustrated by what I call the doctrinal dance...you get asked about Purgatory, Mary, the Pope, the Sacraments all in rapid fire succession.  Before you can answer one question, you're asked another.  Just keep firmly, but gently, guiding the discussion back to one topic until you've said all you want to say...then move on.
  6. Very, very important!  Never be afraid to say, "I don't know," when asked a question about your Faith. Don't try to "wing it." However, always follow, "I don't know," with, "But, I will find out and get back to you."
        - from www.biblechristiansociety.com
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Did Paul Teach the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist? http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2004/0402sbs.asp Eucharist 
Did the Early Church Practice Infant Baptism? http://www.catholic.com/library/Early_Teachings_of_Infant_Baptism.asp Infant Baptism 
Where Does the Teaching on Purgatory Come From? http://www.catholic.com/library/Roots_of_Purgatory.asp Purgatory 
Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics-more/resurrection-evidence.htm Resurrection 
Did the Early Church Practice Sola Scriptura? http://www.cin.org/users/jgallegos/sola_her.htm Sola Scriptura 
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