[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 006 – Atheists Aren’t Scary: Apologetics 101

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  • Steve Kozikowski (the Apologetics Guy) joined me for an introduction to Apologetics and some details about how and why Christian Apologetics are not only important, but necessary.  And as usual, we closed the show with another all-too-often mangled verse of the day.

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[00:01:48] Apologetics 101 w/ the ApologeticsGuy

  • So, what are Apologetics anyway? Are we apologizing for something?
    • The dictionary definition is, “Apologetics are reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.”
      • For a well-done explanation, we listened to a quick one-minute video from the YouTube channel “OneMinuteApologist”.
    • Apologetics aren’t apologizing for anything. Rather, it’s defending our Christian faith as commanded in the Bible.
  • [00:04:50] Question 1: Tell us a bit about yourself.
  • [00:08:10] Question 2: How did you come to know Christ?
  • [00:20:15] Question 3: What qualifies you to have an authoritative opinion on Apologetics?
  • [00:23:26] Question 4: Why are Apologetics important?
  • [00:29:09] Question 5: Why are you so passionate about this topic?
  • [00:43:06] Question 6: In past conversations you have mentioned that you witness your faith by not witnessing what do you mean by that?
  • [00:52:08] Question 7: How much of Apologetics involves discerning truth from half-truths?
  • [00:53:48] Question 8: Why do churches have such a hard time embracing Apologetics?
  • [00:58:51] Question 9: Do you think our high school kids are being properly equipped in the faith?
  • Lightning Round
    • [01:10:40] Question 10: What is the most common Atheist argument or debate tactic?
    • [01:12:30] Question 11: If someone were to say to you that Apologetics is head knowledge, not heart knowledge (i.e. Spirit led), how would you respond?
    • [01:14:15] Question 12: What resources would you recommend to listeners?
    • [01:16:39] Question 13: Give us one last piece of advice.
    • [01:19:15] Koz’s suggestion on a baby step to get started in Apologetics.
  • Koz will be a regular contributor here on the Fire Away! podcast regarding the topic of Christian Apologetics.

[01:22:35] Verse of the Day

  • Proverbs 29:18 [ESV] “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.”
    • This is one of the more mangled and relied upon verses in the seeker-sensitive church movement. Your church will not shrivel and die if it doesn’t sport a vision statement. In fact, vision statements are fantastic and can be helpful.

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Host
Landon Chapman

Landon Chapman

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Founder of Entreating Favor, writer, and host of the Fire Away! podcast. He is an architect by vocation and professes the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant, Word of God. He and his wife Holly have two children.

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Steven Kozikowski

Steven Kozikowski

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The resident Apologetics Guy here at Entreating Favor. You’ll find him contributing regularly to the Fire Away! Podcast and periodically penning blog articles.


 

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