12 Christian Apologetics Quotes

thinkerApologetics QuotesThere 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)

Apologetics QuotesIf 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

Apologetics QuotesThe 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

Apologetics QuotesThere 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 Scholars today who treat the gospels as credible historical documents do so in the full light of this analytical study, not by closing their minds to it.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

Apologetics QuotesTo 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)

Apologetics QuotesThe 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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Apologetics QuotesAll truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses, whether in his world or his Word. While God wants to reach the heart with truth, he does not bypass the mind. – Jonathan Edwards (H/T to Chad @Truthbomb Apologetics)

Apologetics QuotesWe need to be careful of saying, “Just believe,” because what we’re really saying is, “Believe because I say so.” That sounds like a Nietzschean power play. That’s very different from Paul, who reasoned, argued, and proved in the Book of Acts, and from Peter, who called us to give the reason for our hope in 2 Peter 3:15. If our response is, “Our beliefs may seem utterly irrational to you, but if you see how much we love one another then you’ll want to believe too,” then we’ll sound like a cult. So we do need to do apologetics and answer the why question. – Tim Keller

Apologetics QuotesMy hope is to gain a fresh hearing for Jesus, especially among those who believe they already understand him. In his case, quite frankly, presumed familiarity has led to unfamiliarity, unfamiliarity has led to contempt, and contempt has led to profound ignorance. – Dallas Willard (from, The Divine Conspiracy; San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1998)

Apologetics QuotesPeople will only become Christians when they are persuaded that Christianity is true. People only stay Christians if they believe Christianity is true. The job of the apologist is to prove that Christianity is true. Salvation is a supernatural work, but who ever heard of someone being a Christian that didn’t first believe it was true. Somehow they became convinced that eternal life is a free gift from God that can only be obtained by trusting in Jesus Christ. – Rick Schenker (President of Ratio Christi)

Apologetics QuotesThe goal of Christian apologetics is not for belief to require less faith—it is so that you may have more faith. – G.S. West

Apologetics QuotesThese are great times to be living in. This is a great age for apologetics and one where we can really let our light shine. Let’s not run from doubt. Let’s answer it – not with an emotional response, but with the truth. Now that truth of course could produce emotions depending on our personalities, but our hope does not lie in our emotions. It lies in the person of Jesus Christ who claimed to be the truth. The more we seek truth, the more we will come to find Him. – Nick Peters (from, Why The Increase In Doubt? | Ratio Christi)

 

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