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.
A little background. My name is Ken Hensley. You can look at the "about" page to learn more, but for now: I've been teaming up on a somewhat regular basis with well-known Catholic apologists Patrick Madrid and Dr. Peter Kreeft to provide something we call the Apologetics Academy in cities around the country. It's an intensive three-day event in which we attempt, in the time little we have, to cram as much information as we can into our students without driving them mad. Our desire is to teach not only the science of biblical, historical and philosophical apologetics (the arguments) but as well the art---the "how to"---of defending the Faith.
The men and women who come to these Academy weekends are serious, and so I'm always being asked about good resources. I refer them to various important books but my experience is that even among the serious and sincere and excited, many simply do not have the time between school and work and raising children and all the rest to read a three-hundred page book arguing the existence of God or the historical reliability of the New Testament documents or the Catholic view of the Church.
They crave information, but information presented in a form they can assimilate---that can become part of their mental furniture and that they can put into practice. This means information delivered in a clear and well-ordered manner. This also means (here's a key) information dished out in bite-sized portions Christians can absorb and begin to actually use as they discuss their faith in an increasingly cynical world.
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 training in apologetics I hear Christians asking for and imagine I would want for myself in their position.
I've been thinking about this for some time and have finally decided to put my hand to the digital plow. If this is something you suspect you might benefit from, please join my email list so that all new lessons will be sent directly to your email inbox. Then start with Lesson One: A Defense of Christian Defenses. The lessons are numbered on my blog page so that you can easily read them in order. Lesson One, Lesson Two, etc.
Don't wait. When inspiration strikes, one shouldn't doddle, as I have for a number of years now---to the shame of the mother who bore me, to the embarrassment of my wife and children, to the everlasting humiliation and chagrin of five grandchildren between the ages of nine months and seven years, who pull at my sleeve continually, pleading, "Grandpa, how do I answer those who say science has rendered God's existence unnecessary? And what about David Hume's critique of miracles? And can you push me on the swing? And do you have gum in your pocket?"
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