Truths which the articles of our Faith rest upon and build upon. Rule #4: Always view a question about your Faith, or even an attack on your Faith, as an opportunity - an opportunity to share the truth.
Truths such as the existence of God, the innate spirituality of the human soul, the objective reality of right and wrong...truths that our faith rest upon and build upon. Rule #3: Luke , "Do not be afraid, henceforth Will you make mistakes? Stay calm and stay determined to bring light into darkness. Quite often Catholics get frustrated by what I call the doctrinal dance..get asked about Purgatory, Mary, the Pope, the Sacraments all in rapid fire succession.
There is actually a good bit in the various Protestant faith traditions that does indeed contradict the Bible.
So, do not be afraid to engage non-Catholics in a discussion of the Bible.
Apologetics is about building the case for our Faith...learning how to explain and defend our Faith.
Basically, there are 3 types of apologetics: natural apologetics, Christian apologetics, and Catholic apologetics.
#3) If you are ever asked a question about your Faith that you cannot answer, don't worry.
There is an answer, you just need to go and find it. We need to read it, pray it, learn it, and use it to bring our separated brothers and sisters back to the Church.
Catholic apologetics encompasses all of Christian apologetics - since Catholicism is the fullness of Christianity - but Catholic apologetics tends to focus on those truths of Christianity that are not generally believed by non-Catholic Christians. Pray that He will give you the courage to share your Faith and the wisdom to choose your words carefully and profitably. Don't try to "wing it." However, always follow, "I don't know," with, "But, I will find out and get back to you." And A few more basics about apologetics before we move into specific apologetics topics: #1) Ingrain this into your psyche..Bible is a Catholic book! Whenever someone quotes you a Bible verse that "proves" the Catholic Church is wrong on something, your response should be, "Amen, I believe what the Bible says!
Truths such as: the Catholic Church having been founded directly by Jesus Christ; the papacy; the Sacraments; the Immaculate Conception, and others. So, how can we "always be prepared" to make a defense of our Faith? Rule #2: Just learn a little bit more about your Faith each and every day. As a Catholic, I believe everything the Bible says!
But rather, an apology in the ancient sense of the word - which is to make a reasoned defense of something or someone.