This lecture explores the rich tradition of philosophers like Socrates defending himself, Josephus defending the Jewish tradition, and Christian writers defending their faith. How did they go about it? What resources did they draw upon? How does anyone give a reasoned explanation of their convictions and faith commitments? This lecture considers the long history of “explaining oneself” to others and draws upon Cardinal Avery Dulles’s A History of Apologetics.

Rev. Dr. Frank Yates is the parish associate at First Presbyterian Church. He teaches New Testament in the religious studies program at UNM and philosophy and ethics at Lewis University and at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and UT Austin and has graduate degrees from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.