More Apologetics Quotes for Your Think Tank

Apologetics QuotesThe Christian worldview is not proven in one or two strokes but is rather verified by appealing to a wide and compelling variety of converging arguments. Christianity is shown to be the best explanation for the origin and nature of the universe as well as the human condition and the facts of history. – Douglas Groothuis

Apologetics QuotesOf all the major religions, or lack thereof, the atheist’s is one of the best pretenders: his foundation for all existences, as well as moral behaviors for the permanent good of mankind, begins at science but ends at himself, the Napoleon complex of both intelligence and imagination. On the other hand the anti-theist wouldn’t survive without a deity beyond himself to hunt. He doesn’t pretend, he simply nullifies his own position. ― Criss Jami

Apologetics QuotesI think that every Christian ultimately is a theologian. Just in virtue of being a Christian, you are committed to a certain worldview. You are committed to things like the existence of God, the objectivity of moral values, the objectivity of truth, the deity of Christ, his resurrection from the dead, his substitutionary atonement for our sins, the existence of eternal life, the hope of resurrection and of the personal return of Christ. As a Christian, you are committed to these things. So why wouldn’t you want to understand them? The question is not whether or not you are going to be a theologian. As a Christian you are already committed to be one. The only question is: are you going to be a good one or a poor one? Are you going to have a good grasp of Christian doctrine and theology or an immature and childish one? – William Lane Craig

Apologetics QuotesDon’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. – C.S. Lewis

Apologetics QuotesWhat I see the current generation of apologists doing, is moving heavily into philosophy—I think that’s a good thing. I mean, what I notice is that, philosophers are becoming more and more predominantly Christian as time goes on, but I’d like to encourage balance, that we’d also be encouraging young Christian scholars to go into theological apologetics and scientific apologetics, and the latter’s where I see the greatest need. Too many churches are discouraging their young people from pursuing scientific disciplines. They kind of look at science as the enemy of the Christian faith… At Reasons to Believe we emphasize the opposite: science is the ally of the Christian faith, and we need to be sending an army of young people into the top scientific institutions, to get advanced degrees and to use those advanced degrees to develop new reasons to believe and to show people that we can integrate new science, philosophy and theology to find the truth that God wants us all to understand. – Hugh Ross (from an interview by Brian auten at Apologetics 315)

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Apologetics QuotesAll believers are called to be prepared to give a defense of their faith: ‘But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear’ (1 Pet. 3:15). The word here translated ‘reason’ is apologian, and it means a verbal defense or a speech in defense. We are all thus required by scripture to be ready to give a reasonable argument in defense of our faith. From the Greek word apologia we get the English word apology, and also the word apologetics. Apologetics is the task of explaining and defending the faith, and it is a very important part of our Christian witness, for we are all required to be ready to do this to some degree.

This is a significant requirement of scripture, since if we are to give a reasonable defense of our faith we must first understand the faith. We must therefore begin growing in our knowledge and understanding of the word of God from the moment we become Christians if we are to be in a position to give an adequate defense of our faith to those who ask it of us. – Stephen C. Perks (from Evangelism and Apologetics)

Apologetics QuotesI think people are different. That’s why I love dealing with physicians, engineers, teachers, scientists, historians — people who tend to deal with evidence, deal with facts, deal with logic, deal with that which is real versus that which is just imaginary or that which is wishful thinking. So I think different people react in different ways, and I think, as apologists, we need to recognize that. Sometimes we project on other people that they’re like us, and so their questions must be our questions, and they must have the same obstacles that I had. But everybody’s different, and I find that apologetics is effective in helping many people in their spiritual journey; for others, it’s a whole different experience. – Lee Strobel (from an Interview with Apologetics 315)

Apologetics QuotesOne aspect of training disciples is bringing them to a place where they actually believe all the things they have already heard. — Dallas Willard

Apologetics QuotesChristianity can be shown to be not ‘just as good as’ or even ‘better than’ the non-Christian position, but the only position that does not make nonsense of human experience. — Cornelius Van Til

Apologetics QuotesChristians can become myopic by reading scripture through their own cultural or denominational or contemporary lenses. So we are wise to humbly listen to the experiences of fellow Christians from other denominations, cultures, and eras. We need the enrichment of a global, cross-denominational and historical perspective to enhance and deepen our discipleship. We can be enriched in our understanding of God and assisted in our Christian pilgrimage by giving heed to fellow travelers. As New Testament scholar Ernst Käsemann once said, ‘In scholarship as in life, no one can possess the truth except by constantly learning it afresh; and no one can learn it afresh without listening to people who are his companions on the search for that truth. Community does not necessarily mean agreement’. — Paul Copan (from When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics)

 

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