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Over time apologetics has become quite an elaborate affair. The term is now shorthand for almost any intellectual engagement with non-belief. A Scripture passage cited frequently as a justification for apologetics is 1 Peter 3:15. What would Peter have had in mind when he urged Christians to make a defense? Since ἀπολογίᾳ is a legal term, it is instructive to look at this Scripture passage in light of the larger witness motif in the New Testament. I conclude that defense in the New Testament, including the defense Peter had in mind, is incomplete by itself; it is in the service of bearing witness for Christ. Thus, there is no question of whether apologetics and evangelism go together; they are a package deal. I will draw primarily from A. A. Trites’ study, The Concept of Witness in the New Testament, and will conclude with a consideration of how this might color apologetics today.
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We are excited to announce that our 8th annual ISCA Conference will be April 5-6, 2013 in Plano, Texas at "The Hope Center" (www.thehopecenter.org).
Our theme this year is: "The Historic Adam." We are accepting papers on this topic and other topics. There will be plenary sessions and workshops.
You do not need to be a member to attend. You can even pay at the door, however early registration is strongly encouraged.
We have a negotiated group rate of $79 with breakfast for either a King of Double Queen room at: Hilton Garden Inn, 1001 W. President George Bush Turnpike, Richardson, TX 75080 (972-792-9393). The hotel is within a mile of the conference center and offers free shuttle transportation. You must call and reserve a room on or before March 14, 2013 and ask for the block code ISA.
Breakfast and lunch is available at The Hope Center. Dinner is available at dozens of nearby restaurants and at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Start making plans now to attend the ISCA Conference Friday and Saturday (April 5-6, 2013).