apologetics

[uh-pol-uh-jet-iks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity.

Origin:
1725–35; see apologetic, -ics

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apologetics (əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪks)
 
n
1.  the branch of theology concerned with the defence and rational justification of Christianity
2.  a defensive method of argument

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Example sentences
Theologians know, and acknowledge quite explicitly, exactly what they are
  doing--and it is not apologetics.
Nothing purveys the parting of the politics of yesteryear better than oozing
  sarcasm padded into canned apologetics.
But something more than partisan apologetics will be needed for his presidency
  to be remembered as something other than a failure.
But his is not a sophisticated exercise in nostalgia or apologetics.
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