What we need more today is an expression of Him rather than a defense of Him.
I agree that ”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” (1 Peter 3:15), but too many apologetics have been known not for gentleness and respect, but for their argumentative spirit that is directly in contrast with these characters as Paul has emphasized. (As you can guess as well, I prefer much more ‘to give an answer’ than the translation of ‘to defend’.)
Of course, not all apologists are quarrelsome. I respect men like Hank Hanegraaff very much. Interestingly, having dedicated most of his life to apologetics, Hank decided to join the Eastern Orthodox Church. This decision came after him having read books by Watchman Nee and met with Christians in China,
“ I saw Chinese Christians who were deeply in love with the Lord, and I learned that while they may not have had as much intellectual acumen or knowledge as I did, they had life.” says Hank.
Although I did not go his route, I also had a similar experience in which a group of brothers and sisters, under the influence of Nee, rekindled my love for Him and His word.
To avoid confusion, let me clarify. Giving an answer about our faith comes naturally as a part of expressing of Him. Why would we resist telling others about God if we have experienced His resurrected life?
But without the Spirit, a mere intellectual defense is empty. Our desire to answer people gracefully originates from our overflowing affection for Christ and others rather than a motive to defend Him, ourselves, and our argument. The first kind serves Him and others; the latter kind serves our own ego. We do not need more division and pride. Instead, we need a full expression of Him as a corporate instrument that is known for His love, His grace, His truth, and His power.