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apologetics

the branch of theology concerned with the defence and rational justification of Christianity
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This reorientation of theological arguments was manifestly apologetical and focused directly on the codification of doctrine in dialogue with skeptics of the bases of Christian tradition.
Another problem with the apologetical approach was its insistence on the visibility of the marks, such that any objective person could readily see them in the Catholic church.
Dekker is engaging in essentially the same tactics as Jonson in his apologetical dialogue by claiming that he would rather not indulge in the conflict, but is forced to by circumstance.
Ibn 'Adi wrote more than sixty apologetical works against other Christian groups and Muslim theologians; some of these were included in later collections of apologetic writings, e.
It also served an apologetical purpose, providing an irrefutable proof of Jesus' divinity.
For example, in one Easter Sunday sermon, Brooks explicitly rejected the traditional apologetical approach to the Resurrection that invoked certain empirical "evidences" designed to appeal to the common sense of his Evangelical parishioners.
Although his method was quite traditional, his focus, like that of other contemporary theologians (Marie-Dominique Chenu, de Lubac, Congar), centered on the Christocentric, historical, interpersonal, and biblical dimensions of revelation and criticized the excessively apologetical, abstract, and propositional approaches of the 20th-century neo-Scholastic manual tradition.
It was the apologetical genre of dala'il al-nubuwwa, not the polemical genre of al-radd 'ala 'l-Nasara, that rose to meet this challenge.
At the age of 48, Chesterton became a Roman Catholic in 1922, and his apologetical works describe this conversion experience and present his views on the vitality of the Catholic Church.
Further, as Minkema and Stout themselves have argued in recent essays, the abstract nature of Edwards's later apologetical discourses provided philosophical justifications that later proponents and opponents of slavery both claimed.
It emerges from the introduction that Patai is, to say the least, highly unsatisfied with academic treatments of the subject, which, he asserts, have consistently downplayed Jewish interest in alchemy for apologetical reasons.
This combination of history and apologetics is perhaps surprising in L'Evangile et l'Eglise, where Loisy explicitly disavowed theological and apologetical intent, but it was fundamental to his source, the "Essais.