Providing a “defense” or giving an “answer” for one’s hope is based on the Greek word apologian, which carries the idea of “defending” something as a lawyer would defend his case in a court of law. From the Greek word comes the English word "apologetics", which in Christian cirlces means "the discipline of defending” the Christian faith. In the New Testament, the Apostle Peter writes that we are always to be ready to give an answer for what we believe (1 Peter 3:15). Notice, Peter does not say the job of giving an answer is only for the pastor or professional apologist. All Christians need to be prepared to give an answer or defense when someone asks them the reason for the what they believe regarding their faith in Jesus Christ.