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12 Apologetics Quotes from Christian Case Makers
We often dream about utilizing one of the many gifted“all-stars” of Christian Apologetics to start an apologetics revival at our church or community, but God wants to use YOU as part of His army of apologists. Yes there are many “million dollar” apologists that are well known and oft-requested. But the world needs a million “one dollar” apologists even more than it needs one more “million dollar” apologist. You and I have experiences and knowledge that can be used to advance the cause of Christian Case Making. We simply need to take some time to prepare, be willing to accept the challenge and be bold enough to get in the game. – J. Warner Wallace (from the article, I’m Grateful to Be A “One Dollar” Apologist)
The first step in conforming our intellect to God's truth is to die to our vanity, pride, and craving for respect from colleagues and the public. We must let go of the worldly motivations that drive us, praying to be motivated solely by a genuine desire to submit our minds to God's Word - and then to use that knowledge in service to others. ― Nancy Pearcey
When men stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing, they believe in anything. — G. K. Chesterton
When we do the work of apologetics we do it as disciples of Jesus, and therefore in the manner in which he would do it. This means, first of all, that we do it to help people, and especially those who want to be helped. Apologetics is a helping ministry.- Dallas Willard
All thoughtful believers—even those whose faith is mature—encounter doubt. Not a single person had had unadulterated faith. In any case it certainly won’t do to ignore your doubts, and defusing them will only strengthen your faith. To be sure, doubts can be strong enough to become a trial in your life; but like all trials, they’re meant to refine faith, not stifle it. – Dr. Mitch Stokes (from the introduction to A Shot of Faith (to the Head))
There is a way of telling the gospel that makes people say, "I don't believe it's true, but I wish it were." You have to get to the beauty of it, and then go back to the reasons for it. Only then will many believe, when you show that it takes more faith to doubt it than to believe it; when what you see out there in the world is better explained by the Christian account of things than the secular account of things; and when they experience a community in which they actually do see Christianity embodied, in healthy Christian lives and solid Christian community. – Tim Keller (excerpt from: The Faith to Doubt Christianity)
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If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. - Saint Augustine
The greatest commandment contains both: “Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 22:37). 1 Pet. 3:15 tells usto “always be ready to give an answer but to do this with gentleness and respect.” Apologetics is not an option for Christians, and we don’t get brownie points for being stupid. We are commanded to know what we believe and why we believe it. We are commanded to “demolish arguments” and “take every thought captive to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5) - Frank Turek
There is, I imagine, no body of literature in the world that has been exposed to the stringent analytical study that the four gospels have sustained for the past 200 years. This is not something to be regretted: it is something to be accepted with satisfaction. Scholars today who treat the gospels as credible historical documents do so in the full light of this analytical study, not by closing their minds to it. – F.F. Bruce
To be honest, I didn't want to believe that Christianity could radically transform someone's character and values. It was much easier to raise doubts and manufacture outrageous objections that to consider the possibility that God actually could trigger a revolutionary turn-around in such a depraved and degenerate life. - Lee Strobel (from The Case for Faith)
Christians in the average church need to be studied enough to answer the tough questions! Now this person may be the pastor. After all, we have some graduates of our program who are pastors! But, if it’s not going to be the pastor, then we need Christians to study and come alongside to support the pastor so that they can answer these hard questions. Did I ever mention that I teach in the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics program at Biola University? No? But, seriously, if you are a smart Christian who is not afraid to study hard, then the Christian church needs you!
– Clay Jones
The Bible reminds us to guard our doctrine and our conduct. Our youth know firsthand what the world has to offer. They need to be reached at a younger age because of the world of the Internet that ravages young minds sooner than ever before. Building their faith is not a prime strength in our churches today. We seem to think that we need to entertain them into the church. But what you win them with is often what you win them to.
They can see through a hollow faith in a hurry. Their minds are hungry for coherence and meaning. They long to think things through. They long to know why the gospel is both true and exclusive. None of these issues are often addressed within their own reach. I believe this is the most serious crisis of our church-going youth today. Their faith is more a longing than a fulfillment. We have a special burden for the youth. We will keep at it as we try to reach them. It’s a tough world for the young. - Ravi Zacharias
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