'Be Ready' to Defend Faith

Explaining that "apologetics" does not mean the science of saying "I'm sorry," but rather, denotes defense of one's religious faith, Daniel C. Peterson said Friday that Mormons have "an obligation to do apologetics."

Apologetics, in the sense of defending one's beliefs is actually an older derivative from the Greek term apologia than are words that connote expressing regret or sorrow, he noted.

A BYU professor of Islamic studies and a prolific writer and speaker, Brother Peterson himself is arguably Mormonisms's most prominent and energetic apologist. On Aug. 6, he addressed the annual conference of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, where he is traditionally the last presenter. Though not affiliated with the Church, the foundation seeks to defend it from attacks by adversarial critics. It does this primarily through a website (www.fairlds.org) and the annual conference.

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