Apologetics gets its name from the Greek work apologia found in 1 Peter 3:15 which says,

“...in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect...”  

Apologetics responds to the world about Christianity seeking to give credible answers to curious questions.

Just as the point of studying the martial arts is not to “beat someone up” we shouldn’t study apologetics to win an argument or force Christianity on anyone.  In fact, Peter casts it in the form of a response to those who ask: it is a defense, not an offense. One isn’t bound to rigidly follow this by only speaking when spoken to; however, believers should display grace and sensitivity when addressing what are sometimes volatile and personal matters.  Above all, our apologetic must be motivated by our love for the lost and concern over their eternal security, not the desire to whoop up in an argument.