Do you remember comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s “You might be a redneck if” routine?
(Make sure you read these with a thick southern accent for the full effect.)
“If you have an Elvis Jell-o mold … you might be a redneck.”
“If people hunt in your front yard … you might be a redneck.”
“If you’ve ever made change in the offering plate … you might be a redneck.”
He had a million of them.
Well, today I say, “If you’ve ever defended your faith, you might be a Catholic Apologist.”
Do you know what Apologetics is? And that as Catholics we’re called to be Apologists?
It may sound like it has to do with apologizing. The Catholic church certainly has some sins that we could apologize for!
But apologizing is not what Apologetics is and it’s not what Apologists do.
Apologetics involves defending Christianity … and for us specifically, Catholicism.
In this week’s issue of Genuflect you’ll learn what Apologetics is, how to become an Apologist, how to prepare to defend your faith, common questions and themes you’ll want to brush up on, methods and techniques to use in your discussions, common mistakes to avoid, and what you may learn about yourself in the process.
I was not familiar with the term Apologetics until I stumbled on it while researching the topic of defending Catholicism … does that make me a redneck?
For your enjoyment, here’s more from Mr. Foxworthy.
Founding Editor, Genuflect
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What is Apologetics?
To be an apologist, we must first understand just what apologetics is. This in-depth explanation goes into all the nitty gritty details and gives you the option to absorb the material whether you’re a visual or an auditory learner. Check it out.
Apologetics | Catholic Answers
Becoming a Catholic Apologist
If defending your Catholic faith is a new concept, you’ll want to check out these tips for how to get started. It covers where to go to brush up on your knowledge, and how to prepare for discussions.
Starting Out as a Catholic Apologist | Catholic Answers
Top 10 Questions
Questions about or even attacks on Catholicism can come up at the most unexpected times or places. It helps to review potential questions and answers in advance … so next time, you’ll be well equipped to defend your faith. Here are 10 common questions about Catholicism.
Top 10 Questions for Catholics | The Catholic Center at UGA
Defending 12 Claims
Continuing on the idea that preparation is your best defense … or is it offense? … here are some common themes that tend to come up when discussing Catholicism. You’ll want to brush up on these as well.
12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer | Catholic Education
Misconceptions About Catholicism
And don’t let these 6 common misconceptions about Catholicism throw you off.
Are You Saved?
It seems like most protestants begin their evangelization with the question, “Are you saved?” And if you’re like me, you get flustered and don’t really have a good answer. Well, read on to understand what the Bible teaches us about this term … as well as a few other common questions our protestant friends like to throw at us.
Defending the Catholic Church with Scripture | Catholic Stand
Defending Unexpected Attacks
Sometimes what you say gets lost because of the way it’s said. And that’s the last thing you want to happen when trying to defend Catholicism. Here are 5 tips for how to approach these discussions.
Five Ways to Defend the Faith Against Unexpected Attacks | Shameless Popery
Defending Without Raising Your Voice
It’s often said you shouldn’t discuss politics, money, and religion with people. It is possible to discuss religion without getting into a heated argument though if you know the correct method. It’s a matter of deploying what Austen Ivereigh calls “positive intention.”
How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice: Introduction | Catholic Education Resource Center
5 Common Mistakes
Dr. Taylor Marshall says there are 5 common mistakes we tend to make when we’re defending Catholicism. Check out this 14-minute video so you can steer clear of them.
The Benefits of Deep Conversation
The Catholic Gentleman, Sam Guzman, explains why deep conversations can not only be transformational for the other person, but we just may learn something new about ourselves too.
Conversation, Conversion, and the Eternal Truth | Catholic Gentleman
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