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Apologetics
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In order that theologians might be provided with arguments for the ‘defense’ of church teaching in discussions with ‘unbelievers,’ apologetics was taught as part of their education. First, in the debate with ‘scientific atheism,’ and then, in Germany, in that against National Socialism, apologetics experts gathered reports and distributed them to the pastoral clergy. Here it was, and is, necessary, first, to know the objections of opponents, and then the apposite responses to them. This process …

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Apologetics”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 19 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00005>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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