12 Quotes: Apologetics, Critical Thinking, and Truth
To evade the Son of Man, to look the other way, to pretend you haven’t noticed, to become suddenly absorbed in something on the other side of the street, to leave the receiver off the telephone because it might be He who was ringing up, to leave unopened certain letters in a strange handwriting because they might be from Him — this is a different matter. You may not be certain yet whether you ought to be a Christian; but you do know you ought to be a Man, not an ostrich, hiding its head in the sand. – C.S. Lewis
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of science is not able to make an oyster? – Jeremy Taylor
One of the few things in life that cannot possibly do harm in the end is the honest pursuit of the truth. – Peter Kreeft
It is important to recognize the limits of reason, and also to acknowledge that atheists have no monopoly on it. The new atheism, however, tends to claim reason as a decisive combatant on its side only. With its talk of “spells” and “delusions”, it gives the impression that only through stupidity or crass disregard for reason could anyone be anything other than an atheist. “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence,” says Dawkins, once again implying that reason and evidence are strangers to religion. This is arrogant, and attributes to reason a power it does not have. – Julian Baggini
Learn to see things as they really are, not as we imagine they are.– Vernon Howard
The bottom line is good science and good theology point to the same reality. Are we not realists here who disagree with the likes of Hawking who says there is no model-independent world and neither the creationist nor the materialist is really right? Of course we are. So why should we fear science when Rom 1:20 makes it clear that the reality we discover through science will point to God and his unfolding plan in creation. Unfortunately the institutional church (for the most part) continues to fail on the dialog between science and faith (sometimes to the point of behaving like the new atheists.) No good Christian theology says throw out the words of Jesus and go with something contrary from science. But good theology (which has constantly evolved since the birth of the church) should not ignore science either. – Brian Hearn
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It is so obvious that we live in a world in which a fantastic amount of logic, of rational lawfulness, is at work. We are aware of a large number of laws of physics and chemistry and biology which, by their mutual interdependence, make nature work as if it were following a grandiose plan from its earliest beginnings to the farthest reaches of its future destiny. To me, it would be incomprehensible that there should be such a gigantic master plan without a master planner behind it. This master planner is He whom we call the Creator of the Universe… One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be a Divine intent behind it all. – Werner von Braun
I think the evidence is just so overwhelming that Jesus existed, that it’s silly to talk about him not existing. I don’t know anyone who is a responsible historian, who is actually trained in the historical method, or anybody who is a biblical scholar who does this for a living, who gives any credence at all to any of this. – Bart Ehrman
In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept dogma and know it, and those who accept dogma and don’t know it.
– G.K. Chesterton
I believe that anyone sincerely seeking Truth is going to find it. The problem is, most people are not looking for Truth, they are looking for evidence to support their assumptions. It takes a lot of humility to actually pursue Truth sincerely. – Rachel Oja
We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can be almost as stupid as a cabbage, as long as you doubt. The fashion of the age has identified mental sharpness with a pose, not with genuine intellectual method and character. Only a very hardy individualist or social rebel — or one desperate for another life — therefore stands any chance of discovering the substantiality of the spiritual life today. Today it is the skeptics who are the social conformists, though because of powerful intellectual propaganda they continue to enjoy thinking of themselves as wildly individualistic and unbearably bright. – Dallas Willard
In truth, faith needs apologetics. It needs it to answer both the negative arguments of the resurrection and to construct positive arguments in favor of it. Apologetics will not create faith, but perhaps, for some, it will pave the way for it or make it possible. What is destructive of genuine Christian faith, in my opinion, is not apologetics, but unfounded beliefs, unjustified commitments. Unsound arguments are irrational leaps of faith. It is the aim of apologetics to prevent Christian faith from amounting to anything like that.
– Stephen T. Davis
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