All Christians are apologists. All of us must be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). But God not only demands that we defend the faith, he also defines how we must defend it. By demanding confidence, love, and holiness (1 Peter 3:15–16) Peter warns against three faulty apologetic approaches: 1. The fearful apologist avoids all religious controversy. He craves safety. The approval of people matters more to him than the approval of God. He also fears that if exposed to controversy his faith might fail. 2. The firebrand apologist isn’t afraid of people. He also doesn’t really care about them. What he cares about is being right. His passion blinds him from seeing that his fierceness compromises his mission. 3. The fraudulent apologist boldly engages critics. He might know his Bible and his theology. He might exude compassion and tenderness. But his life contradicts his message. He is disqualified by ungodliness. There is a better way.