Christian Apologetics QuotesPastors do you not see that it is your responsibility to adequately train the flock of God in reasons why the Gospel is true and reliable? It is not enough to preach a good sermon every week. People need opportunities within the church to learn by question and answer, by digging and discovering, by being challenged and learning to give an intellectually satisfying answer to objections to the Christian faith. — Dr. Mike Spaulding (from, Four Reasons Every Believer Should Study Apologetics)

Christian Apologetics QuotesSocrates is noted as saying that “an unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates is right. However, one could stretch the philosopher’s statement in saying that “an unexamined faith is not worth having.” Biblical faith is enmeshed with reason. We should know why we believe in God and why we believe in Christ. If one simply accepts Christ because their family or friends did, is their faith truly legitimate? The Christian should not be afraid of loving God with the mind. One need not leave their brain at the door of faith. In fact, reason and faith are complementary because we serve a real God who provides a real trust. Anti-intellectualism is harmful for the church. It is a trend that must be reversed. — Brian Chilton (from, 8 Ways that Anti-Intellectualism is Harming the Church)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe subjects of the Bible, Jesus Christ and God give rise to many difficult questions in the minds of humanity. I and many other Christians are fully willing to hear your questions and respond as best we can…But there is a mindset among those who seek to ask these questions and it is the desire for all of the answers to be made clear in seconds…Asking for a 30 second answer to a question people have grappled with throughout human history is dishonest. For serious questions you should be willing to invest the time to learn the serious answers. After all, if your entire future is staked on the truth of the Bible, as Christians claim, doesn’t it warrant a little more than a casual glance? — Chris McClave (from, When You Ask a Difficult Question About the Bible)

Christian Apologetics QuotesReligion is now viewed by many as a placebo or emotional crutch precisely because that is how we often pitch the gospel to unbelievers…Anti-intellectualism has spawned an irrelevant gospel. Today, we share the gospel primarily as a means of addressing felt needs. — J.P. Moreland

Christian Apologetics QuotesOffering Christianity merely as something to find meaning in—if meaning is all that’s there—then it is ultimately like offering a pacifier to a screaming baby…If a person has been told that Christianity is only valuable because it’s meaningful, they will walk away as soon as it doesn’t mean what it used to to them and go looking for something real—with Christianity will be crossed off the list. If Christianity is only true (for the person) because it’s meaningful, then that’s all you get out of it–a temporary, illusory sense of meaning. Oprah can change your life. Bacon wrapped steak can give you an amazing experience. But if Christianity is true—if Jesus really rose from the dead—if it’s really true—and it is—then it is not only meaningful, it changes everything. — Jason Wisdom (from, What Came First, The Oprah or the Egg?)

Christian Apologetics QuotesNot every unbeliever needs a high level of evidence in order to consider Christianity. Some people simply need to know that Jesus can heal their wounds. Other people need to know that their sins aren’t too big for Jesus to handle. But there are those who need a more evidence-based approach to faith. Just like the Christians in the book of Acts, we must discern which tool in our evangelism tool belt should be used at any given moment. And whatever method we use, we need to also give the Holy Spirit room to do his job! — Kenneth Samples (from, Apologetics Strategies: The Myth of a Bulletproof Argument)

Christian Apologetics QuotesOf the Divine character of the Bible, I think, no man who deals honestly with his own mind and heart can entertain a reasonable doubt, For myself, I must say, that having for many years made the evidences of Christianity the subject of close study, the result has been a firm and increasing conviction of the authenticity and plenary inspiration of the Bible. It is indeed the Word of God.— Simon Greenleaf

Christian Apologetics QuotesIn fact, here’s a funny thing about grace. [Some] evangelists came to the college I was attending and brought some guys who had dramatic testimonies. They stood on the cement planter in the quad and told about how they had been in the gutter and did all kinds of horrible things, yet the Lord found them and lifted them up. And I was thinking, ‘Man, I want to jump up there too, but I want to give a different testimony.’ You see, I wasn’t in the gutter, I wasn’t the dregs of society, I had great promise, everybody thought I was on the road to success. And guess what? I still desperately needed God!
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Christian Apologetics QuotesWe don’t need to be ashamed for trying to convert people with respectful and polite arguments. The culture is trying to convert us with shame and insults. Which method of engaging people do you think is more respectful, more honest? Shaming and insulting people as if they were a puppy who’s peed on the carpet? Or offering them arguments and reasons as if they were a dignified adult? — Gordon Hawkes (from, Apologetics Harms and Offends People)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThis post-Christian and postmodern world holds to the premise that there are no absolute truths that apply to everyone equally. Christianity and Christian ethics are no longer relevant. In fact, orthodox Christians are seen as bigoted, narrow-minded, and out of touch with reality, because we refuse to accept other religions as “paths to God” or to consider homosexuality, pornography, or abortion as permissible in a moral society. In light of the cultural war raging between Christians and non-Christians, it’s crucial that all believers engage in evangelism—as our Lord directs in Acts 1:8. But to evangelize successfully in a secular, pluralistic, and postmodern world means that we must be prepared to share more than the gospel message. We must learn to defend our beliefs, to challenge the unbeliever’s beliefs, and to demonstrate that Christianity is not only emotionally and spiritually satisfying, but also relevant to modern culture.  Unless we remove the intellectual and other obstacles raised by non-Christians, they will be  unwilling to listen to or consider the gospel of Jesus Christ. — Dan Story (from, Engaging the Closed Minded)