Christianity is not a code for living or a philosophy of religion; rather, it is rooted in real events of history. The reason it’s scandalous is because it ties up the truth of Christianity with the truth of those historical facts. This means that if these historical events are shown to be fraudulent or fictional, then the whole basis of Christianity is removed. To put it as simply as possible: the truth or falsity of Christianity stands or falls with individual events within history. —William Lane Craig (from, The Challenge of History)
Such claims as “philosophy is dead” and “Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge” are highly problematic. For one thing both claims are themselves not scientific; there is no test that fits the scientific model one may perform and come up with those statements. No, saying “philosophy is dead” is making a philosophical statement itself; it’s doing philosophy! The claim becomes self-refuting and can be dismissed. —Lenny Esposito (from, Scientism rejects philosophy as a form of knowledge)
What’s really ironic and sad is that your average militant atheist or hard-core skeptic of Christianity is more familiar with Christian apologetics than the average Christian. We are long past due for a paradigm shift in realizing the need for training in apologetics and critical thinking skills among Christians. I want encourage and to be a part of those who are striving to affect that change—I want to see such an outcry in the church for this change that it becomes a flood that sweeps away all remaining opposition and an army of well-equipped evangelists and disciple making disciples marches out to engage contemporary culture in a way that hasn’t been seen since the first century. —Greg West
Let’s set the record straight. Faith is not the opposite of reason. The opposite of faith is unbelief. And reason is not the opposite of faith. The opposite of reason is irrationality. Do some Christians have irrational faith? Sure. Do some skeptics have unreasonable unbelief? You bet. It works both ways. —Greg Koukl (from, Is God Just a Human Invention?)
I really believe we’re on the cusp of a golden era in Christian apologetics. We’re living in very exciting times. The water has been stirred by atheists, anti-theists and agnostics, and there’s an atmosphere of skepticism because of it. To me, that just spells opportunity; it means people are thinking about these issues, and they’re willing to listen and engage and discuss these topics. Apologetics has always been the handmaiden of evangelism. It’s a tool that’s used in the evangelistic process. It’s always about helping people get past those spiritual sticking points that are holding them up in their spiritual journeys. —Lee Strobel (from, What’s Trending in Apologetics Today?)
The skeptic who believes the Bible’s human authors manufactured their God out of psychological need has not read the Scriptures carefully.
—Charles Colson (from, God and Government)
I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith. They feel no obligation to understand what they believe. They may even wish not to have their beliefs disturbed by thought. But if God in whom they believe created them with intellectual and rational powers, that imposes upon them the duty to try to understand the creed of their religion. Not to do so is to verge on superstition.
—Mortimer J. Adler
Let us equip our churches…our leadership teams…our children…and our small groups! Let us stop the candy-coated and shallow presentations of the gospel. We do a grave disservice to Christ and the Scriptures whenever we fail to ask people to think. Men are dying, flailing away in a sea of confusion and post-modern thought. Let us throw them the only life raft available–the sound and clear message of Christ crucified, risen and coming back. Let us answer the questions and objections modern man wrestles with head-on. Let us look to Christ in prayer an offer the hope of the gospel with sensitivity, rational warrant, honesty and humility. —Terry Ivy (from, Apologetics – The Bridge That Holds)
Pick a path, any path–it will take you to God. Trust me: you will stand before Him one day. You will meet your Maker. You will see the face of Christ. There are many ways up the mountain, but only one will result in life instead of destruction… All paths lead to God, but only one path will present you before God without fault and with great joy. —Kevin DeYoung (from, All Paths Lead to God)
Christians can say with confidence that while some atheists have the attitude, “There is no God, and I hate him,” Christ had the attitude, “There are atheists, and I love them. In fact, I died for them.” —Frank Turek (from, Stealing from God)
In a world without a divine lawgiver, there can be no objective right and wrong, only our culturally and personally relative, subjective judgments. This means that it is impossible to condemn war, oppression, or crime as evil. Nor can one praise brotherhood, equality, and love as good. For in a universe without God, good and evil do not exist—there is only the bare valueless fact of existence, and there is no one to say that you are right and I am wrong. —William Lane Craig (from, Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics)
When Christians avoid principled conflict on things that matter because of fear of disunity and division, they cripple the church in three ways. First, Scripture commands that we guard the truth within our ranks; where arguments are few, error abounds. Second, believers are denied the opportunity to learn how to argue among themselves in a fair, reasonable, and gracious way. Third, the outcome for fight-phobic churches is not genuine oneness, but a contrived unanimity, a shallow and artificial peace. —Greg Koukl (from, Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions)