Christian Apologetics QuotesIn a society that’s quickly turning away from God, kids will be exposed to claims against Christianity at exponentially increasing rates. When they start to see their beliefs in the context of such claims, they have to know how to evaluate those competing views. Think of it this way: Just because a football team knows what to do when they have a ball at practice with no opponents around doesn’t mean they’ll know what to do when thousands of pounds of force come at them in a real game. If they don’t know what the other team will do, and how to respond, they’ll fumble…they’ll make poor plays…they’ll be pushed back. Similarly, our kids won’t be living in a Christian vacuum. Thousands of pounds of force will be coming at their beliefs. You can ignore it, but statistics show your kids’ faith will likely not stand up again after it’s been tackled by today’s opponents. Why wouldn’t you prepare them for that? — Natasha Crain (from, The 5 Worst Beliefs a Christian Parent Can Have in an Imploding Society)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesIt’s shocking to find how many of the familiar constants of the universe lie within a very narrow band that makes life possible. If a single one of these accidents were altered, stars would never form, the universe would fly apart, DNA would not exist, life as we know it would be impossible, Earth would flip over or freeze, and so on. — Michio Kaku (cited in God’s Crime Scene by J Warner Wallace)

Christian Apologetics QuotesWe need to seek the mind of Christ, to think and to act as Christians, to know our Bible and to live by it in the power of the Spirit, “making the most of your time, for the days are evil.” We must commit anew to forming a biblical worldview and evaluating everything in our lives in light of it. We must recommit our time and our treasure to evangelism, missions, and Christ’s command in Matthew 25 to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and visit the prisoner. Christian faith is not a nice add-on to our agendas, it’s the very marrow of our lives. — Eric Metaxas (from, When the Sky Really Is Falling)

Christian Apologetics QuotesNaturalist atheism is too impoverished to be able to provide an answer to the question as to why I should be moral. Instead, its meager intellectual resources can only justify pure egoism, a grotesque philosophy of life in light of which even atheists cannot live consistently. — J.P. Moreland (from, Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe majority of young people—surveys show about 75 percent—leave the church after high school, partially because atheism is religiously promoted in college and the culture. In fact, college professors are five times more likely to be atheists than the general public, and more than half of college professors have unfavorable views of evangelical students. But how can you blame the professors? They are rightfully unimpressed with the inability of most Christian students to defend their beliefs. In other words, it’s not so much that Christian minds are lost at college—it’s that Christian minds rarely get to college. They rarely get to college because many parents and churches emphasize emotion and ignore the biblical commands to develop the mind, which means that most kids skip off to college equipped with nothing more than feel-good emotionalism. — Frank Turek (from, Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThroughout church history, theologians have expressed three different aspects of biblical faith: notitia (knowledge), fiducia (trust), and assensus (assent). Notitia refers to the data or doctrinal content of the Christian faith (Jude 3). Assensus denotes the assent of the intellect to the truth of the content of Christian teaching. Note that each of these aspects of faith requires a careful exercise of reason, both in understanding what the teachings of Christianity are and in judging their truthfulness. In this way, reason is indispensable for the third aspect of faith — fiducia — which captures the personal application or trust involved in faith, an act that primarily involves the will but includes the affections and intellect too. — J.P. Moreland (from, Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesAt its foundation, Christianity is based on evidence. First Corinthians 15 recounts the critical core of Christianity: the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Without Jesus’ resurrection (a historical event), there is no Christianity and no hope for a future in heaven (a theological assertion). If Jesus is nothing more than an embellished legend, then the hope of heaven is little more than a wish. In order for Christianity to be true, it must include a belief in certain historical facts and a belief that the Bible preserves an accurate account of those events. This establishes the identity of Jesus as the resurrected Savior. In this sense, theology can’t be separated from history. Rather, theology depends on history. — Kenneth Samples (from, 5 Levels of Christian Faith)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe question is not whether or not we have ideas, opinions, or preexisting points of view; the question is whether or not we will allow these perspectives to prevent us from examining the evidence objectively. — J Warner Wallace (from, Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesEach of us has been given the assignment of not only presenting the gospel but also explaining and defending the truths of our message to the world around us. There is plenty of evidence to support what we believe. The Bible reminds us that the good news about Jesus is not just based on human opinion or someone’s personal preference. Christianity is truth, not mere fables or myths (2 Peter 1:16). Romans 1:4 says that Jesus’ resurrection shows He was the unique Son of God. Acts 1:3 says that, after His resurrection, Christ showed He was alive by many undeniable proofs. Christianity is unique in that it is the only faith system based on historical facts that can be thoroughly investigated…In a culture known for its rejection of authority and a cynical “prove it to me” attitude, knowledge of apologetics is vital to young people serious about evangelism. — Alex McFarland (from, Apologetics: Key to Successful Evangelism)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe success of science sometimes leads people to think that because we can understand the mechanisms of the universe, then we can safely conclude that there was no God who designed and created the universe in the first place. This reasoning commits a logical error in that it confuses mechanism and agency. Consider a Ford motor car. It is conceivable that someone who was seeing one for the first time and who knew no science might imagine that there is a god (Mr. Ford) inside the engine, making it go. Of course, if he were subsequently to study engineering and take apart the engine, he would discover that there is no Mr. Ford inside it. He would also see that he did not need to introduce Mr. Ford as an explanation for its working; his grasp of the impersonal principles of internal combustion would be enough to do that. However, if he then decided that his understanding of the principles of how the engine worked made it impossible to believe in the existence of a Mr. Ford who designed the engine in the first place, this would be patently false. Had there never been a Mr. Ford to design the mechanisms, none would exist for him to understand. It is equally mistaken to suppose that our scientific understanding of the impersonal principles according to which the universe works makes it either unnecessary or impossible to believe in the existence of a personal Creator who designed, made, and upholds it. — John Lennox (from, Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesWhen God calls for our worship, [it] isn’t a manifestation of pride. The knowledge and worship of God is the highest good possible. Not only this, worship expresses an awareness of God’s—and thus our—proper place in the order of things, and it also transforms us into what we were designed to be. To be connected with God in worship not only humbles us. It’s a lofty, lifelong endeavor that expands our minds, enriches our souls, makes us wise, and enables us to have a proper self-understanding. Knowing God is the highest human pursuit possible. The loving and creating triune God is worthy of our allegiance, love, and attention. — Paul Copan (from, When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesIt pushes the limits of credulity, to argue that the same early Christians who taught the greatest ethical system in the world, passionately proclaimed the truth of their message, and suffered and died for their faith were at the same time dishonest schemers and propagators of a great fraud. — David Limbaugh (from, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel)