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Apologetics Through the Scripture
For the Christian, it is essential to see that Christian apologetics is biblical with biblical usage and a biblical interpretation. As with much of the Greek used in New Testament times (Koine), it finds usage in Classical Greek first. Perhaps it was Plato who popularized the term in his Apology, Socrates’ defense. Socrates who was Plato’s mentor was accused of corrupting young people, refusing to worship the gods, and promoting “new” gods. Plato’s Apology is Socrates’ defense of his actions at his trial.
Our word “apology” comes from this Greek word apologia. In English usage, the word apology normally means saying, “I’m sorry.” This is the proper usage of the word, just not the only one. Apologizing is not only saying your sorry; it is also giving reasons for your actions. In the Biblical sense, apologizing is to give a defense for your faith. In fact, 1 Peter 3:15 says, “ . . . always be ready to make a defense for the hope within your heart . .” Read more
Why "No Pat Answers"?
A "PAT ANSWER" IS A TRITE, GLIB, SHOT FROM THE HIP, THAT IS NOT VERY WELL THOUGHT OUT. SHARING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST REQUIRES MORE THAN PAT ANSWERS.
It has been my pleasure to have known Ray Ciervo since 2000 when he enrolled in Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES). As a student, he earned the highest academic honors. Since his graduation in 2002 Ray has taught Bible College and Christian High School and a variety of conferences and seminars.
In 2007, he returned to NJ where he has taught in local churches, helping them to implement apologetics into their curriculum and preaching. He has also taught numerous courses in local churches on the existence of God and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Ray is sound on all the fundamentals of the Faith such as the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, sacrificial atonement, bodily resurrection, and the inspiration of the Bible.
In 2008 he began the New Jersey Christian Apologetics Conference at which I have spoken on two occasions. He has brought in national and international apologists to help build the church. He also conducts seminars several times a year called "No Pat Answers." Ray has also recently published his first apologetics book, "Apologetics for the Rest of Us: A
I am happy to recommend Ray's ministry to you as someone who can benefit your church, school, and ministry particularly in the area of essential doctrines and apologetics.
Ray has a lovely and committed wife of many years who is very supportive of his ministry.
"Thanks again for doing an awesome job leading our Apologetics Conference! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the presentations. The material was excellent; and I know our people were blessed, educated and edified in their faith. You had a great way of breaking the material down so that those new to apologetics could understand and assimilate the truths and principles" - Pastor Dwain Kitchens of The Tabernacle Church in Sarasota,FL
"Just stumbled on a Frank Turek video and found a bunch of videos you had showed us when you were teaching at KCA. Just wanted to let you know that that class had single handedly taught me the most i have ever learned and is probably the reason I am still a Christian."
- Past Student
"Ray Ciervo stirred up our desire to know better how to defend our faith. His presentation was thought-provoking and lucid. Allowing questions and interaction as he presented, there was a high level of participation from the group. In follow up conversations with attendees, many expressed an interest in learning more and becoming more skilled in asking questions, engaging non-Christians, and equipping our own youth. In addition, we found Ray to be a goldmine of resources for us to prepare ourselves to represent Jesus without pat answers. "
-Keith C., regarding Ray's 2017 trip to Mobile, AL.
" I wanted to let you know I met my first ever atheist while I was in California. It was very exciting. I was amazed how scripted the conversation was. I was so much more comfortable with discussing various points because of what I have learned over the last year. I knew how to listen to him and explain some facts he was unaware. Although he ended the conversation by telling me he was too old to change, I reassured him it was never too late to learn something, I can testify to that.
I wanted to thank you for all that you do, the time you put into your studies, presentations, conferences has made a difference for me. Finally, I can share my faith without fear and trepidation."
- Peggy D.
Read a recent article written by The Good News New York Newspaper about Ray and No Pat Answers here.
Dr. Ray is a member of the Christian Apologetics Alliance.
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