This is the first in what I hope becomes a recurring series about Apologetics. Occasionally called eristics, apologetics is the formal defense of the Christian faith. Historically, Christian theologins have differed as to whether apologetics is appropriate to the presentation of the gospel, and if so, how it should be accomplished. Depending on how they have answered these questions, apologists have appealed to rational arumentation, emperical evidence, fufilled prophecy, authorities of the the church or mystical experience in defending such beliefs as the existence of God, the authority of Scripture, the deity of Christ and the historicity of Jesus’ resurection. See also polemics.