The Greek word apologia simply means "to offer a verbal defense".
To make an "apology" in this sense is to vindicate the truth of one's position, as in a court of law. It's to make a reasoned case.
I've never met a serious Christian who didn't wish he or she was better able to explain and successfully make the case for the truth of the Christian worldview. And I've launched Apologia for this very purpose: To train fellow believers in the defense and vindication of Christianity as a total world and life view---especially, those who have busy lives and haven't the time to memorize the contents of massive books.
In the past I've taught in the biblical studies group at St. John Seminary for the archdiocese of Los Angeles. I've also teamed up with well-known Catholic apologists Patrick Madrid and Dr. Peter Kreeft to provide something we called the Apologetics Academy. This was an intensive three-day event in which we attempted, in the time little we had, to cram as much information as we can into our students without driving them mad.
As I work now full-time with the Coming Home Network, I teach primarily through short apologetics-oriented articles that I write and send out to those on my email list (you can subscribe to the right) and also recorded talks and series of talks on subjects related to the defense of the faith. These talks are all available for MP3 download on the Store page of this site.
I heard that Pascal once wrote a letter to a friend. At the end he apologized for it's length, explaining, "I didn't have enough time to make it shorter." It's not easy to be concise. All I can say is that my desire and intention is to do my best to offer the kind of instruction in apologetics I hear Christians asking for and imagine I would want for myself in their position.
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I want to recommend my good friend, Ken Hensley, who is a very effective speaker on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from Scripture and Apologetics to Church History and the New Atheism... Ken is an expert pastor, with a pastor's heart, who can make the Bible come alive. I'm looking forward to more of his teaching in the future.
-- Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Having worked in the field of Catholic apologetics for nearly 30 years, I’ve been privileged to know and collaborate with many talented, inspirational, and effective teachers of the Faith. It’s no exaggeration to say that my friend Ken Hensley is among the very best of the best of the Catholic apologists serving Christ and His Church today. Ken has a wide and deep knowledge of Scripture, Church history, and theology, he is personable and approachable, and he invariably makes a compelling case for truth with charity and aplomb.
— Patrick Madrid, host of the “Right Here, Right Now” radio show, author of Why Be Catholic?
Ken Hensley is a truly remarkable apologist, especially when it comes to Sacred Scripture, Reformation history, and taking complex theological issues and making them accessible to the average Catholic in the pew.
-- Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers
As an apologist, Ken Hensley has three secret qualities that, thankfully, aren't so secret anymore: he's an exceptionally engaging teacher who brings to the craft his own curiosity and love of the subject; he knows how to distill deep content for the average person; and he's evangelically Catholic. And did I mention his relentlessly off-beat sense of humor?
-- Patrick Coffin, Host of Catholic Answers Live
Ken Hensley's ability to impact an audience is truly a gift. He teaches the truth in a way that would draw the 'unreached' to the truth and beauty of Catholicism, and conveys meaty content in a way that's accessible to everyone. He doesn't just deliver a talk. He forms the listener. He's been hidden for too long, and I'm excited for the blessing that's about to sweep across the Church in Ken's ministry!
-- Chris Stefanick, President of Real LIfe Catholic