Time to Think: 14 Christian Apologetics Quotes

Christian Apologetics QuotesI have found in the toughest times of life I sometimes do not experience the presence of God. God seems to be distant. But what I come back to is that Christianity is true. There are reasons to believe it. In my ministry, my career, I have tried to study every major worldview, reading primary sources, writing, debating, and having conversations. That was a process. It didn’t happen all at once. I didn’t attain a high level of certainty the minute I became a Christian. That had to develop through questioning, through investigating, through conversations. But I am a living example of someone who knows too much to walk away. Especially in the last year I have experienced some rather acute crises and suffering…But as bad as it gets and as angry as I can get at the Lord, I can’t deny that the Gospel is true. The Gospel has a firm and unyielding hold on me and I’m a Christian by the grace of God. —Douglas Groothuis (from, Don’t Waste Your Doubt)

Christian Apologetics QuotesMost people catch their presuppositions from their family and surrounding society, the way that a child catches the measles. But people with understanding realize that their presuppositions should be *chosen* after a careful consideration of which worldview is true. —Francis Schaeffer

Christian Apologetics QuotesIn 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)

Christian Apologetics QuotesBecause of its cultural pervasiveness, radical skepticism also seeps into the church. Christians cannot avoid wrestling with the questions culture is asking. If belief in God is irrational, as Dawkins argues, why should we believe in Him? If the New Testament is unreliable, as Ehrman argues, why should we trust what it says? Radical skepticism becomes an obstacle to faith for unbelievers, and a temptation for believers to abandon the faith. In the language of Paul, radical skepticism is a “stronghold” (2 Corinthians 10:4,5). What do Christians do with strongholds? “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Apologetics refutes skeptical arguments so unbelievers can become believers and believers can mature spiritually. Therefore, in our cultural context, both evangelism and discipleship require apologetics. — George Wood (from, Speaking the Truth in Love)

Christian Apologetics QuotesFor those who insist that God is created by man, perhaps the most telling argument is to consider the nature and character of the God revealed in the Bible. If we were making up our own god, would we create one with such absolute demands for justice, righteousness, service, and self-sacrifice as we find in the biblical texts? (As someone has said, Moses didn’t come down from the mountain with the Ten Suggestions!) Would Israel’s powerful elite have concocted such declarations as, “He defended the cause of the poor and needy…Is that not what it means to know me?” Would the pious New Testament religious establishment have created a God who condemned them for their own hypocrisy? Would even a zealous disciple have invented a Messiah who called His followers to sell all, give their possessions to the poor, and follow Him to their deaths? 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)

Christian Apologetics QuotesI was deeply impacted to know that some of today’s best philosophical minds had wrestled with various faith challenges and remained convinced of historic Christianity’s veracity. These experiences helped me grow in my appreciation that as a believer in Christ I belong to an intellectual community—and this impressive community of saints includes some of the greatest minds of both the past and the present. — Kenneth Samples (from, The Impact of Public Christian Thinkers)

Christian Apologetics QuotesScientists haven’t proven God doesn’t exist; they’ve merely assumed it…They’ve foisted this truism on the public, and then operated from that point of view. They act as if they’ve really said something profound, when all they’ve done is given you an unjustified opinion. —Greg Koukl (from, What Science Can’t Prove)

Christian Apologetics QuotesHerein lies a paradox. People who seem most concerned with defending biblical inerrancy may be the most resistant to any information derived outside the Bible that might help illuminate what the Bible means. Logically, taking Scripture seriously means being passionately concerned about interpreting it correctly and thus welcoming any evidence that exposes erroneous understandings of Scripture. Unfortunately, many zealous Bible believers confuse their favored interpretations of the Bible with the Word of God itself. — Hugh Ross (from, Navigating Genesis: A Scientist’s Journey through Genesis 1-11)

Christian Apologetics QuotesWeak faith in a strong object is infinitely better than strong faith in a weak object. — Tim Keller (cited in, Own It: Leaving Behind a Borrowed Faith)

Christian Apologetics QuotesAs apologetics wrestles with the conflicts people face in defending their faith against the social and cultural disintegration we see happening around us, it becomes incredibly relevant. A lot of people have doubts or very difficult questions that they are afraid to share with others, thinking they would be perceived as weak in their faith. Yet, the church should be the first place they come to find answers. Young people are especially searching to find the answers to a host of issues. Their friends and teachers will many times contradict what they’ve been taught at home or at church and they simply don’t know how sift through the milieu to find out what is true. Apologetics can help them get the right answers and help them to share those with others, vindicating them when they are defamed. — Lenny Esposito (from, Another Hidden Benefit of Apologetics: Relevance)

Christian Apologetics QuotesTolerance has come to mean that no one is right and no one is wrong and, indeed, the very act of stating that someone else’s views are immoral or incorrect is now taken to be intolerant (of course, from this same point of view, it is all right to be intolerant of those who hold to objectively true moral or religious positions). Once the existence of knowable truth in religion and ethics is denied, authority (the right to be believed and obeyed) gives way to power (the ability to force compliance), reason gives way to rhetoric, the speech writer is replaced by the makeup man, and spirited but civil debate in the culture wars is replaced by politically correct special-interest groups who have nothing left but political coercion to enforce their views on others. — J.P. Moreland (from, Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul)

Christian Apologetics QuotesAccording to Jesus, we should expect the world to be upset with us. Yes, even if Christians are the most loving people imaginable. Why? Because the world suppresses the truth in its sin. Unbelievers trip over Jesus because He is “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” Why? “They stumble because they are disobedient to the word” (1 Peter 2:8)…  In a world that hates the truth of Jesus, we are raising up a new generation of His followers to share the truth, boldly yet graciously. As we train young people to know what they believe and why they believe, they grow in their knowledge of the truth and thus, grow in their boldness. As they know more of the truth of Jesus, they are transformed by that truth and grow in their graciousness. They become ambassadors who look like Jesus, “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). — Brett Kunkle (from, Taking the Heat)

Christian Apologetics QuotesOf all the various creation accounts over the centuries offered by philosophers, scientists, shamans, and sages, only one—the Bible—describes a transcendent creation event out of nothing, as well as an expanding universe. Apart from the Bible (and related references by theologians), the next people to make such a suggestion were twentieth-century cosmologists. — Ron Londen (from, The God Abduction: How Scientific Discovery Strengthens the Case for a Creator)

Christian Apologetics QuotesChristianity has been successfully attacked and marginalized… because those who professed belief were unable to defend the faith from attack, even though its attackers’ arguments were deeply flawed. —William Wilberforce (from, Real Christianity)