Still More Apologetics Quotes for your Think Tank
There is no better explanation for the beginning of space and time, the fine-tuning of the universe from its very beginning and our planetary system, the complexity of life that could not have arisen from natural processes, the reality of objective moral laws, the inborn need in every man and woman for meaning and purpose, and the distinctions between humans and animals. “God is not dead” is certainly a logical, rational, provable statement both scientifically and philosophically. – Rice Broocks (from, God’s Not Dead)
God has neither in natural nor in revealed religion left himself without witness; but has in both given moral and external evidence, sufficient to convince the impartial, to silence the gainsayer, and to render inexcusable the atheist and the unbeliever. This evidence it is our duty to attend to, and candidly to examine. We must prove all things, as we are expressly enjoined in holy writ, if we would ever hope to hold fast that which is good.
Man should think; he should use all his senses; he should examine; he should reason. The man who cannot think is less than man; the man who will not think is traitor to himself; the man who fears to think is superstition’s slave. — Robert Green Ingersoll
Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions. – Alan Barth
To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions, each of which absolves us of our responsibility for thinking.
– Henri Poincare
You are free in our time to say that God does not exist. You are free to say that He does exist but He is evil. You are free to say like some poor satirists that He would like to exist if He could. You may talk of God as a mystification or a metaphor. You may boil him down with gallons of long words or boil him to the rags of metaphysics, and it is not merely that no one punishes you for it, but nobody protests. But if you speak of God as a thing like a tiger—as a reason for changing one’s conduct—then the modern world will stop you somehow if it can. We are long past talking about whether an unbeliever should be punished for being irreverent; it is now thought irreverent to be a believer. – G.K. Chesterton
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Apart from a Christian mind we will either be taken captive by the myriad of worldviews contending for our attention, or we will fail to make the Christian voice heard and considered above the din. – James Emery White
When a plane crashes and some die while others live, a skeptic calls into question God’s moral character, saying that he has chosen some to live and others to die on a whim; yet you say it is your moral right to choose whether the child within you should live or die. Does that not sound odd to you? When God decides who should live or die, he is immoral. When you decide who should live or die, it’s your moral right. – Ravi Zacharias
The “I just take Christianity on (blind) faith” attitude can’t be the right approach. It leaves the Bible without defense, yet Peter directs us to make a defense for the hope that is in us. Also, the biblical word for faith, pistis, doesn’t mean wishing. It means active trust. And trust cannot be conjured up or manufactured. It must be earned. You can’t exercise the kind of faith the Bible has in mind unless you’re reasonably sure that some particular things are true. In fact, I suggest you completely ban the phrase “leap of faith” from your vocabulary. Biblical faith is based on knowledge, not wishing or blind leaps. Knowledge builds confidence and confidence leads to trust. The kind of faith God is interested in is not wishing. It’s trust based on knowing, a sure confidence grounded in evidence. – Greg Koukl (from, The Trouble with Faith)
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who seek God and those who seek to avoid him… and both will be successful. – Ken Boa
Anyone who is making an impact is going to draw fire. It’s written in the bloodstream of the universe. An oft-repeated platitude is, “If you’re flying over the target, you’re going to catch flack.” Or as Elbert Hubbart stated, “To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” If you are someone who is putting (or will one day put) your hand to the plow of God’s work, you will invite criticism. And the more valuable your contribution is to the kingdom of God, the more severe the criticism will be. – Frank Viola (from, Three Kinds of Critics & How to Respond to Them)
We all have some intuition of the meaning of truth, even if we cannot articulate it very well philosophically. Truth is something we may know or fail to know, but it is not something we should try to manipulate according to our own desires, fears, whims or hatreds. Winston Churchill quipped that “men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” – Douglas Groothuis (from, Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith)
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