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Christian apologetics is the body of knowledge that defends the historical, philosophical, and doctrinal truth of Christianity against attacks by others of different belief systems.
What are some of the questions it deals with and attempts to give a Christian answer? Let's give some examples: Who IS God? Is the Bible the word of God? Can miracles happen? Is the theory of evolution true? Why does a good God allow evil to exist? Did the doctrines in the New Testament come from paganism? If God can do ANYTHING can he LIE?
Generally, Christian Apologetics attempts to respond to questions or attacks on the truth of Christianity using rational and logical arguments, rather than ones based on using faith alone.
For example, it routinely makes rational arguments for God's existence, such as the famous five proofs the great Catholic theologian and philosopher Thomas Aquinas gave near the beginning of "Summa Theologica." Of course, it may attempt to defend faith using logic as well. It may also deal with specific attacks on various doctrines, such as whether Jesus is God (not just the Son of God).
Some of the leading writers of Christian apologetics are (along with books they've written):
If you're looking for a basic introduction to this category of writing, I recommend reading McDowell's More Than a Carpenter.