ApologetiX gets their unusual name from the word "apologetics" which means "the defense of the Christian faith." It's based on the Greek word for defense, apologia, which is in the original text of this Bible verse from the Apostle Peter:
1 Peter 3:15
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (or defense or "apologia") to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."
When a person is called an apologist these days, he could be defending a number of ideas. If you like soccer and you're trying to convince someone that soccer is a great game, you could be called a "soccer apologist." But the original apologists were the early Christians who were trying to defend their faith to outsiders (the Romans, for example) who thought they were a cult and were spreading unsubstantiated rumors about them.
When we picked the name back in 1992, it was because Christian apologetics was really important to us. As ApologetiX lead singer J. Jackson says:
"Although I went to 12 years of religious school (Grades one through 12) and attended church faithfully, participated in choirs, etc., before I became a born again Christian, I didn't have a clue as to exactly 'why I believed what I believed.' When atheists or agnostics or cultists wanted to debate with me, I'd run away.
"Then I started reading the Bible and really, really researching things, and I discovered that there is a whole lot of evidence to back it up. There's a whole lot more to the story, but the point is that I wanted to be able to help others know 'why they believe what they believe.' So we chose the name ApologetiX, adding the "X" on the end to make it look more modern and to ensure we had a name that nobody else had ever used. We liked the name ApologetiX because it could be used with a "the" in front to make it sound like a '60's/'70's vocal group ("The ApologetiX," the Stylistics, the Dramatics, etc.) or a without a "the" to make it sound like a modern rock group ("ApologetiX," Anthrax, etc.)
Plus, starting with an "A" puts our name near the top of the alphabetical lists on the Net, in stores, etc., too (Ha ha ha!)
Some of our Favorite Apologetics Websites
Answers in Genesis.org
Ken Ham and the Institute for Creation Research
The resource-laden website of Christian Research Institute
R.C. Sproul's website
Stand to Reason
Greg Koukl's radio ministry
The publisher of Reason and Revelation amon
Walter Martin's Religious Infonet
The original Bible Answer Man.
Scholarly and popular resources concerning intelli
Scientific evidence for intelligent design.
Great Books and Tapes
Insightful articles on apologetics
Reasoning from the Scriptures
Ron Rhodes Ministry
Christian Apologetics Research Ministry
Some Great Articles on Apologetics
Are You Prepared To Give A Defense?
Is God Unconstitutional?
Phillip E. Johnson
Is God Unconstitutional? (Part 2)
Phillip E. Johnson
A Conversation About Apologetics
What Christianity Is About
Do all Religions lead to God?
Do All Paths Lead to the Same Destination?
Keith E. Johnson
But I Worship God My Own Way.
Dr. Alan Scholes
I'd Like to Know God, But Why do I Need Jesus?
Dr. Alan Scholes
Culturally Aware Apologetics
The Christian Canon
The Need for Defending the Faith
Norman L. Geisler
B. B. Warfield
Advice to Christian Philosophers
A (Not So) Brief Defense of Christianity
Why Isn't the Evidence Clearer?
John A. Bloom
How Do You Know Christianity Is True?
Arguing Is a Virtue
Beyond Blind Faith
Paul E. Little
The Project of Apologetics
The Resurrection of Theism
William Lane Craig
Regarding Apologetics, An Apology
Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement
Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.
The Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority of the Bible
Strategies for Dialoguing with Atheists
Christian Apologetics: An Introduction
Apologetics and Evangelism
Evidence for the Ressurrection
Peter Kreeft/Fr. Ronald Tacelli
Resurrection of Jesus Puzzle