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New Apologetics is a psuedo-intellectual movement created by Christian apologists in response to the increasing presence of outspoken atheists. The aim of New Apologetics is similar to traditional apologetics, to defend religious faiths and provide reasoning for religious ideas. What's "New" is a difference in style and policy. Instead of providing arguments in defence of one's beliefs, as traditional apologists tends to do, New Apologists move to smear tactics and defamation and slander of Atheist authors and activists, branding them as intolerant, racist, bigots and unsophisticated.
Insofar as it is incivil, abrasive, and disrespectful of those of other faiths, the New Apologetics movement is defying the rather explicit command of 1 Peter 3:15: "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect," or, in simpler terms, treat the filthy heathens respectfully when they question your faith. In other words, New Apologetics is disregarding the faith in order to defend the faith.
- NIV. Emphasis added.