Apologetics

Defend Faith. Navigate Culture. Reach People.

Many Christians struggle with hard questions about faith. We equip Christians with thoughtful answers to defend faith, navigate culture, and reach people.

We do this through local coordination of The Forge Dunedin, a ministry of Thinking Matters.

The mission of Thinking Matters is to encourage New Zealand Christians to explore what they believe and why they believe it, so they can engage culture and present the Christian faith with gentleness and respect.

The vision is to see an intellectually vibrant and passionate Church transformed by the renewing of minds, where Christians are confidently navigating and impacting New Zealand culture with the truth of Christianity.

To get involved, please contact us or visit the The Forge Dunedin site.

Our Commitment to Truth

As Christian evangelists and apologists, we are committed to communicating truth in a loving, gracious respectful way. We pledge our earnest efforts to:

Share Truth

VERIFY: fact-check information to confirm it is true before accepting and sharing it
BALANCE: share the whole truth, even if some aspects do not support my opinion
CITE: share my sources so that others can verify my information
CLARIFY: distinguish between my opinion and the facts

Honor Truth

ACKNOWLEDGE: acknowledge when others share true information, even when we disagree otherwise
REEVALUATE: reevaluate if my information is challenged, retract it if I cannot verify it
DEFEND: defend others when they come under attack for sharing true information, even when we disagree otherwise
ALIGN: align my opinions and my actions with true information

Encourage Truth

FIX: ask people to retract information that reliable sources have disproved even if they are my allies
EDUCATE: compassionately inform those around me to stop using unreliable sources even if these sources support my opinion
DEFER: recognize the opinions of experts as more likely to be accurate when the facts are disputed
CELEBRATE: celebrate those who retract incorrect statements and update their beliefs toward the truth

As Christians

RESPECT: respect people; refrain from speaking about any person in a way which undermines their dignity as a human being
FOCUS: focus on debating issues not attacking people (even indirectly); avoid personalising matters
SEEK: look for the good in people and in their arguments; seek to build bridges not walls or trenches
UPLIFT: speak in such a way as to build people up not tear down; not retaliate when personally attacked

This commitment is based on NZ Christian Network's "Some Additions to the Pro-Truth Pledge," 2021.