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 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 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 QuotesAlmost all our witnessing and Christian communication assumes that people are open to what we have to say, or at least are interested, if not in need of what we are saying. Yet most people quite simply are not open, not interested and not needy, and in much of the advanced modern world fewer people are open today than even a generation ago. Indeed, many are more hostile, and their hostility is greater than the Western church has faced for centuries…Our urgent need today is to reunite evangelism and apologetics, to make sure that our best arguments are directed toward winning people and not just winning arguments, and to seek to do all this in a manner that is true to the gospel itself. — Os Guinness (from,  Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion)

Christian Apologetics QuotesWe human beings are odd. We both desire just judgment and intensely hate it. This is why you’ll hear people rail against God for not bringing about justice, while in the next breath they call God unjust for judging people in Hell…Justice is terrible and good. We all know this. We love justice because we long to uphold the good. Yet we know perfect justice perfectly upholds the good, and so we fear it. It’s terrible (that is, formidable and awesome in its greatness) in the sense that true justice absolutely and unforgivingly deals out what is deserved. You can’t understand the Gospel if you don’t love justice…Our love of justice is a reflection of our love for the perfections of God’s character. He is righteous. He is loving. He is good.
In the deepest part of us, we know that everyone who rips away at God’s reflection on earth rightfully deserves condemnation, and we desire the fulfillment of that condemnation. It’s when we recognize that this applies even to our own sins that we become desperate for grace.
— Amy Hall (from, It’s Not Wrong to Long for Justice)

Christian Apologetics QuotesIn the telephone game the goal is to garble an original utterance so that by the end of the line it doesn’t resemble the original at all. There’s only one line of transmission, it is oral rather than written, and the oral critic (the person who is trying to figure out what the original utterance was) only has the last person in line to interrogate. When it comes to the text of the NT, there are multiple lines of transmission, and the original documents were almost surely copied several times (which would best explain why they wore out by the end of the second century). Further, the textual critic doesn’t rely on just the last person in the transmissional line, but can interrogate many scribes over the centuries, way back to the second century. And even when the early manuscript testimony is sparse, we have the early church fathers’ testimony as to what the original text said. Finally, the process is not intended to be a parlor game but is intended to duplicate the original text faithfully—and this process doesn’t rely on people hearing a whole utterance whispered only once, but seeing the text and copying it. The telephone game is a far cry from the process of copying manuscripts of the NT. — Daniel B. Wallace (from, An Interview with Daniel B. Wallace)

Christian Apologetics QuotesSometimes apologetics is cast as a power move. It is the Christian’s attempt to dominate others through power of intellect and argumentation. If I win the argument, I win the day. However, this is not our apologetic at Stand to Reason. Yes, we want to demonstrate the truth of Christianity. Yes, we want to demonstrate the powerful arguments in favor of Christianity. But the end goal is not submission to our apologetics arguments, but humble submission to Jesus, the only ruler worthy of our worship. — Brett Kunkle (from, The Humility of a King)

Christian Apologetics QuotesExistence is a very strange phenomenon. Regardless of how we believe the universe or we ourselves came into being, it was, by any account, stranger than any fiction we’ve conceived. It’s nothing short of miraculous. And the strange Christian doctrines of the Incarnation, miracles, atonement, and resurrection are really only silly if one concedes the premise that there is no God. But this is a premise that neither scientific evidence nor any other objective indicator gives us any clear reason to concede. Rather, if there is a God, such doctrines are eminently reasonable. — Jon Bloom (from, Christianity and Atheism)

Christian Apologetics QuotesA young Christian I know who’s an undergraduate student posted on Facebook recently about a humanities class he’s taking. He said that, so far in the semester, he’s “learned” the following: Jesus never claimed to be God in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), Christianity borrowed ideas from earlier pagan myths, and the church arbitrarily picked which books to include in the Bible according to its own biases. He noted, “The reactions of other students are of shock and disbelief. Yesterday the professor asked a student how these facts made her feel. She said she was mad and couldn’t wait to go yell at her pastor and parents. The professor egged her on. It was like watching a commander rally up his troops to tear down his enemy.” The girl in the class was presumably ready to throw out years of Christian upbringing after a couple of months in a single college class. All because she heard some standard claims against Christianity for the first time… — Natasha Crain (from, If Your Kids Are Someday Shocked by the Claims of Skeptics, You Didn’t Do Your Job)

Christian Apologetics QuotesWhen people talk about hope, they generally mean “wishful thinking,” where they hope something good will happen even though they have no real control over it. But Biblical hope is different — it’s the confident expectation that God can and will fulfill the promises he has made to those who follow him. Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Clinging to that kind of hope means that we can get through the difficult circumstances that life throws our way. We don’t have to just pretend things will get better; we know deep down that God — in some way, in this world or the next — will cause good to emerge from our difficult circumstances, if we love and follow him. That doesn’t mean we laugh at life’s problems. It just means we have quiet confidence that God will ultimately use our circumstances for good. — Lee Strobel (from, How Lee Strobel Wrestles With Doubt)

Christian Apologetics QuotesOne of the things that distinguishes man from the other animals is that he wants to know things, wants to find out what reality is like, simply for the sake of knowing…Christianity claims to give an account of facts—to tell you what the real universe is like…If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be: if it is true, ever honest man will want to believe it, even if it gives him no help at all. — CS Lewis (from, God in the Dock [H/T Dan Story])