Helpful definitions – polemicist


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Sometimes polemicists can sound cranky – get past this, they have work to do!


“Yes, pastors can be polemicsts. Furthermore, pastors must be polemicists.

“First, a definition. A ‘polemicist’ is one who does polemics, and polemics is the field of theological study in which we contend for the truth (Jude 1:3) by demolishing arguments raised against God (2 Corinthians 10:5), always being careful to train the powers of our discernment with constant practice (Hebrews 5:14). In particular, polemics – as opposed to the broader field of apologetics – is typically contending with those who claim to be Christians, recognizing that there are many anti-christs who all bear His name, but are opposed to His mission, message and purpose (1 John 2:18).”

J D Hall

PolemicsReport

“A Pastor and a Polemicist?”


Jude 1:3

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.

2 Corinthians 10:5

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

Hebrews 5:14

But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

1 John 2:18 

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.

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5 thoughts on “Helpful definitions – polemicist

  1. Hi Maria. I hope your husband continues to do well? Thanks for this post and the article, “A Pastor and a Polemicist?” I seem to remember many polemicists back in the day in the fundamental Baptist circles I started out with. I think it’s safe to say that “polemics” is a dirty word in most of current day evangelicalism.

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