It says: ‘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.’ (NIV) Most of us are probably familiar with the words and realise the challenge of giving reasonable answers (an ‘apology’ in Greek) for our faith. But Peter’s words carry other challenges too. There is the challenge to be full of gentleness and respect. There is no encouragement to quarrel or be arrogant. No call to be rude or dismissive. Apologists are at their best when they are courteous and dignified.