The reality of God’s redemption: 10 Apologetics Quotes from Theologians and Thinkers

Christian Apologetics QuotesI see a lot of atheists these days thinking that they can help themselves to a robust notion of consciousness, to real libertarian free will, to objective moral values and duties, to objective human rights, and to objective meaning in life, without giving credit to theism. It’s not rational to do this. As Frank Turek said on the latest episode of “Cross Examined”, atheists have to sit in God’s lap to slap his face. We should be calling them out on it. I think it’s particularly important not to let atheists utter a word of moral judgment on any topic, since they cannot ground an objective standard that allows them to make statements of morality. Further, I think that they should have every immorality ever committed presented to them, and then they should be told “your worldview does not allow you to condemn this as wrong”.— Wintery Knight (from, An atheist explains the real consequences of adopting an atheistic worldview)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe central claim of the NT is that Jesus was physically resurrected after being crucified. If this claim arose from decades of embellishment instead of historical truth, then Jesus is dead, the apostles were liars, and our faith is worthless (1 Cor. 15:14–17). But evidences from the first and second centuries reveal that eyewitness testimony about Jesus emerged rapidly and circulated reliably. The NT texts relied on testimonies from apostolic eyewitnesses, and all of these texts were completed while the eyewitnesses were still alive. That’s why we can declare with confidence: Don’t worry; I read the book. He didn’t stay dead. — Timothy Paul Jones (from, How Do You Know Jesus Really Rose from the Dead?)

Christian Apologetics QuotesYou don’t have to be a Christian to recognize that materialism does not fit what we know about human nature. Any philosophy that exchanges the glory of God for something in creation will also exchange the image of God for something in creation. Because it starts with something lower than God, it always leads to a lower view of humanity. — Nancy Pearcey (from, One Strategy to Rule Them All)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe believer’s claim is that the world owes its existence to a moral God. All human beings are moral agents created in God’s image and are expected to recognize right from wrong because they all reflect God’s moral character. The fact that human beings are the kinds of creatures that can recognize the moral imperatives that are part of the very fabric of the universe argues strongly against naturalism. Unlike the laws of nature, which even inanimate objects obey, moral imperatives appeal to our will and invite us to make real decisions on real moral issues. The only other parallel experience we have of dos and don’ts comes from minds. Thus when the atheist rejects God while insisting on the validity of morality, he is merely rejecting the cause while clinging to the effect. —John M. Njoroge (from, The New Atheism)

Christian Apologetics QuotesFor any Christian, when someone says to you “why are you a Christian?”, what you’re going to respond with is an apologetic. Everyone has an apologetic, it’s either a good one or a bad one. One of the challenges I think in the Church–especially the Western Church–is that we often answer that question in terms of a narrative. You say “well I never used to be, but then I met a guy at work, he was quite friendly, we became good mates, we played squash together and then one day he invited me to church, I went along and they were doing this thing called Alpha, it was great, the food was lovely, I asked a few questions and hey it was great, I became a Christian!”…That sounds lovely but you could run the same script again but this time your friend is a Buddhist: “he invited me to his temple, the food was lovely, he invited me to a course on Buddhism, became a Buddhist.” They’re exactly the same. If our answer to the question of why we became a Christian is simply how you became one we have a problem.— Andy Bannister (from an Interview with Andy Bannister)

Christian Apologetics QuotesFew people witness as much horrific evil as homicide detectives. I’ve certainly seen my share. But what do we really mean when we say something is evil? Are we saying we just don’t like it personally, or are we saying there are some things that are truly, transcendently, objectively evil? Is evil nothing more than a matter of opinion? If so, we could remove all evil by simply changing our minds about what we thought was evil in the first place. If we can’t eliminate evil in this way, we need to think about why and how transcendent notions of evil could exist. While evil might at first appear to be a strong evidence against the existence of an all-powerful, all-loving Divine Creator, it may actually be the best possible evidence for the existence of such a Being. Unless we are prepared to dismiss evil as nothing more than whatever fails to please our private desires or opinions, we’re going to need a transcendent standard of good by which to evaluate and identify anything as evil. As crazy as it might sound at first, the existence of true evil, the kind that transcends each of us as individuals and groups, is dependent on the existence of a true, transcendent standard of good. True evil is evidence for God’s existence. — J. Warner Wallace (from, An Interview with J. Warner Wallace)

Christian Apologetics QuotesToday, we seem so concerned with making the gospel ‘relevant’ to the culture. But through apologetics, we present the reality of God’s redemption of humanity through the historical crucifixion and resurrection. Apologetics doesn’t seek to make the cross relevant to us. It demonstrates the cross as the expression of how we are relevant to God. Abdu Murray (cited in, Why is Apologetics Important?)

Christian Apologetics QuotesWhat has happened to create this doubt is that a problem (such as a deep conflict or a bad experience) has been allowed to usurp God’s place and become the controlling principle of life. Instead of viewing the problem from the vantage point of faith, the doubter views faith from the vantage point of the problem. Instead of faith sizing up the problem, the situation ends with the problem scaling down faith. The world of faith is upside down, and in the topsy-turvy reality of doubt, a problem has become god and God has become a problem. ― Os Guinness

Christian Apologetics QuotesChristians need to return to the university to represent Christ and show that the Christian worldview belongs in the marketplace of ideas… Continuing to compartmentalize the sacred life as our private life and the secular life as our public life, we will have no influence, no impact on the culture. We are not the salt and light that Christ has called us to be…instead of impacting the culture for Christ, we become impacted by the culture… I want to encourage all of you Christians in college: While you fight to keep your Christian faith intact, remember to think well, God has given you the privilege and responsibility to study at the University. You have an important role in impacting the world around you for Christ and His Glory.  — Jane Pantig (from Christian at the University)

Christian Apologetics QuotesIf there is no God, then only one thing matters…me. And that will end in my last waking moment. At that point, there is no more possibility of meaning. I can’t see how any thinking person could reach any other conclusion. —Rick Duncan