Questions Are a Good Thing: 12 Apologetics Quotes

Christian Apologetics Quotes“Introducing a strong and aggressive apologetics program at our church was one of the single best decisions I have made in my ministry.”

That is a pretty strong statement for a pastor to make about any ministry or program his church has implemented, but I made the statement and I wholeheartedly stand by it. By creating an “atmosphere of apologetics,” we have challenged people within the church to dig deep into their faith and to question if what they believe is really true or not. One of the mottos that has become a mainstay in our church is “Questions are a good thing.” What we have found is there are many people that feel churches and/or pastors really do not like people to question the things they are teaching. We have created a culture in which people are comfortable knowing that questions can be asked and our faith will stand firm against any question. – Luke McKinnon (From, Questions Are a Good Thing – Apologetics 315)

Christian Apologetics QuotesFor me, discovering God was like finding a lens that helped me see things more clearly. Faith offers a bigger picture of reality. It doesn’t just make sense to me; it makes sense of me as well. – Alister McGrath (from, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith)

Christian Apologetics QuotesWhen Augustine speaks of revelation, he is not speaking of Biblical revelation alone. He is also concerned with “general” or “natural” revelation. Not only are the truths in Scripture dependent on God’s revelation, but all truth, including scientific truth, is dependent on divine revelation. This is why Augustine encouraged students to learn as much as possible about as many things as possible. For him, all truth is God’s truth, and when one encounters truth, one encounters the God whose truth it is.R.C. Sproul

Christian Apologetics QuotesIntelligent Design proponent Bill Dembski once asked hyper-skeptic Michael Shermer if Shermer would allow Dembski to write skeptical articles about Darwinian evolution in Shermer’s Skeptic magazine.  Shermer declined.  It seems that Skeptic magazine isn’t skeptical about everything.
– Bill Pratt

Christian Apologetics QuotesBias can, as it always does, blind us to the truth, or stop us from seeking it. Sometimes in ways we don’t even realize, because, again, bias blinds us. We may investigate or research a subject, and then when we find information or evidence that agrees with our bias we’ll stop right there, not going any further, and setting aside the possibility that there may be information or evidence that disagrees with our bias. Walking away, sometimes running, from the possibility that the beliefs of our bias could be wrong. That WE could be wrong. – Marc Gaerlan  (from, Letter To An Atheist)

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Christian Apologetics QuotesThe terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self–all your wishes and precautions–to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call “ourselves,” to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be “good.” ― C.S. Lewis (from, Mere Christianity)

Christian Apologetics QuotesApologists do not believe that apologetics saves anyone. It only provides evidence in the light of which people can make rational decisions. It only provides evidence that Christianity is true. One must still place his faith in Christ in order to be saved. Apologetics only leads the “horse” to the water. Only the Holy Spirit can persuade him drink.Norman Geisler (from,  An Apologetic for Apologetics)

Christian Apologetics QuotesIt is an entirely reasonable question to ask someone, “Why do you believe what you believe?”  That is also an entirely reasonable question to ask yourself.  For the Christian, I believe that 1 Peter 3:15 means that our answer should not simply be, “just cause I do.”  Or, “cause my parents did.”  If someone asks you why you have hope, don’t give them just a blank stare.  For the occasional person who is truly seeking and wondering if there is anything to this faith beyond some nice metaphors and a social club, we owe it to them to have a better answer.  When the difficulties of life would bring us doubts, we owe it to ourselves to really examine things, instead of ignoring the difficult questions by drowning them out with chatter and noise. – Daniel Richardson (from,  Why Apologetics?)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe Bible knows nothing of a bold leap-in-the-dark faith, a hope-against-hope faith, a faith with no evidence. Rather, if the evidence doesn’t correspond to the hope, then the faith is in vain. – Greg Koukl (from, Faith and Facts)

Christian Apologetics QuotesMan is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head. G.K. Chesterton

Christian Apologetics QuotesIt is especially important in these days for Christians to be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them… Challenges from unbelievers and non-Christian religions confront us all around. As Christians who worship the One who is the incarnate Logos, or logic of God, we must be ready to speak to those who are openly agnostic to our basic beliefs. We sin against God when we remain silent because we are incapable of defending them. — D. James Kennedy (from, Why I Believe)

Christian Apologetics QuotesI assert that nothing ever comes to pass without a cause. What is self-existent must be from eternity, and must unchangeable: but as to all things that begin to be, they are not self-existent, and therefore must have some foundation of their existence without themselves. – Jonathan Edwards

 

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