In Defense of Faith - Resources for Mormon Apologetics
Many people find the term "apologetics" confusing. Why should we apologize? The term means literally "in defense of the faith." There are numerous books, articles, tracts and websites devoted to criticizing the beliefs, practices and people of the Latter-day Saints. An apologist is someone who attempts to provide an explanation for the beliefs she holds.
Speaking of C.S. Lewis, perhaps the formost of all Christian apologists, Austen Farrar said:
"Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief. What seems to be proved may not be embraced; but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish."
Elder Neal A Maxwell noted the need for thoughtful and well-documented answers to questions and criticisms:
"Let us be articulate for while our defense of the kingdom may not stir all hearers, the absence of thoughtful response may cause fledglings among the faithful to falter. What we assert may not be accepted, but unasserted convictions soon become deserted convictions."
The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) is a group of faithful Latter-day Saints who are attempting to formulate and consolidate apologetic information. Answers to the most common questions are posted at the FAIR Wiki and Topical Guide. If specific concerns are not addressed in the information available at the FAIR website, or more personal answers are desired, people are invited to submit questions at "Ask the Apologist".
Questions submitted to FAIR may be addressed by one or several of a diverse group of unpaid volenteers from several countries. FAIR volunteers include stay-at-home moms, those who hold advanced degrees in disiplines ranging from Theoretical Physics to Islamic Studies, New Testament scholors, attornies, teachers, and students. They may be past or current Bishops, Stake Presidents, Mission Presidents or Nursery Leaders. Their ages range from nineteen to ninety (or pretty close). Please be patient. Fair volunteers have lives and jobs. It may take a while to respond.