Christian Apologetics QuotesOur reasons for believing Jesus existed and also that He was who He claimed to be—the God who came down—are the same reasons for believing any fact of history: the documentation is substantial and it passes all the tests of historical reliability. Scholars—both liberal and conservative—overwhelming agree that Jesus of Nazareth was a man of history and the Gospels, on the main, tell His story accurately…Show me any other person who appears in the historical record with such regularity who turned out, in the final analysis, to be a fiction. Why so many mentions regarding Jesus from such a wide variety of sources (Pliny, Tacitus, Lucian, Josephus, to name a few)? Because Jesus of Nazareth was a man of history, who made a profound impact on history. There’s no good reason to doubt that Jesus existed, or to think the real Jesus was completely different from the one depicted in the Story. — Greg Koukl (from, The Story of Reality: An Interview with Gregory Koukl)

Christian Apologetics QuotesFor those who are tempted to think that presenting arguments and evidence is not spiritual because only God can change a rebellious heart, I made two observations. First, without the work of God, nothing else will work — not arguments, not love, not even the simple gospel. Second, with the help of the Holy Spirit, God is pleased to use many things. Love and reason are especially appealing to him because both are consistent with his nature. The fact is, with God’s help, arguments work all the time. Jesus used them, Peter used them, and Paul used them — all to great effect. — Greg Koukl (from, Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions)

Christian Apologetics QuotesAnyone, regardless of what they believe about God, can do good things with their life. Christians, atheists, and people with all kinds of other beliefs help the homeless, give money to charities, participate in environmental causes, fight child abuse, advocate for crime victims, and much more. For atheists, doing things like these that Christians and other theists would call good is a matter of preference…one as morally legitimate as a life of crime. While some atheists might say all people should live to make the world a better place, that’s an objective claim that’s inconsistent with an atheistic worldview. — Natasha Crain (from, Is How We Live More Important Than What We Believe?)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe problem is that some Christian churches, and Christians themselves, have failed to listen, teach, answer, and love according to the one thing that is rock solid—God’s story of salvation given to us in the Bible. All too often, the building blocks of faith are built upon the wrong foundation: being good, spiritual experience, or the promise that God will solve all our problems. Once any of these so-called pillars begins to crumble, so too does our faith. Faith that rests upon the salvation proclaimed in the Bible will have moments of doubt but perseveres, because it is a reasonable trust in God’s truthfulness and faithfulness. — Leah Baugh (from, Can You Be Disillusioned and Be a Christian?)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe wise do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. It is really quite absurd. So everything from the Easter morning to the Ascension had to be made up by the groveling enthusiasts as part of their plan to get themselves martyred. — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (cited in, Evidence for the Resurrection by Josh & Sean McDowell)

Christian Apologetics QuotesAtheists and Christians are both looking for the best explanation of things. The question is: does our experience of beauty, morality, truth and love fit best with the atheist-naturalist worldview or with  Christianity? — Justin Brierley (from, When sceptics convert: 3 former atheists walking the path of CS Lewis)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe real cover-up [of Watergate], the lie, could only be held together for two weeks, and then everybody else jumped ship in order to save themselves. Now, the fact is that all that those around the President were facing was embarrassment, maybe prison. Nobody’s life was at stake. But what about the disciples? Twelve powerless men, peasants really, were facing not just embarrassment or political disgrace, but beatings, stonings, execution. Every single one of the disciples insisted, to their dying breaths, that they had physically seen Jesus bodily raised from the dead. Don’t you think that one of those apostles would have cracked before being beheaded or stoned? That one of them would have made a deal with the authorities? None did. Jesus is Lord: That’s the thrilling message of Easter. And it’s an historic fact, one convincingly established by the evidence—and one you can bet your life upon. Go ahead researchers—dig up all the old graves you want. You won’t change a thing. He has risen. — Chuck Colson (cited in, Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?)

Christian Apologetics QuotesBelievers may unwittingly assume a special burden of proof is on them, while assuming the atheist has none. The problem here is that every person—atheist, skeptic, or agnostic included—has a worldview with various assumptions about the nature of reality, ethics, knowledge, and life’s meaning. Everyone takes a stance in both theory and practice. How often we meet critics who borrow heavily from a biblical worldview about human dignity and rights, moral responsibility, right and wrong, purpose and meaning in order to sustain their own worldview rooted in purposeless, mindless, valueless, impersonal, material origins! All worldviews make truth claims; therefore, all—not just the Christian faith—stand in need of justification. We can wrongly assume that only the believer has a burden of proof and that the unbeliever does not—that somehow his views escape intellectual scrutiny. — Paul Copan (from, Learn How (Not) To Doubt)

Christian Apologetics QuotesChristians very often tend to shun objections. They just seem to be able to ignore them to insulate against potential problems. Or some allow objections to simply have their way with them…There’s nothing I know to do with an objection other than to push in and investigate the rationality of the objection…On a personal note, I’ve yet to find the smoking gun objection when it comes to my Christian faith. That is, there is no salient objection to Christianity that I don’t find an extensive literature of thoughtful Christians offering thoughtful answers some of which I find very satisfying intellectually. Given this, we shouldn’t, as Christians, be afraid to encourage folks to explore the answers to deep and difficult questions. Again, what’s the alternative? — Travis Dickinson (from, What is intellectual doubt?)

Christian Apologetics QuotesChristians must be ready to offer more than our personal testimonies if we want the culture to take our religious freedoms seriously. It may sound to the uninformed like we’re asking for permission to affirm something subjective, like the idea that, “pecan pie is better than chocolate cake,” but we’re really asking for the freedom to affirm something objective, like the claim, “1 + 1 = 2.” Our Christian beliefs aren’t simply subjective preferences; they are reasonable, objective conclusions. We aren’t seeking permission to live as we might like, we’re asking for the freedom to live in a manner that is consistent with reality. — J Warner Wallace (from, For Christians, Religious Liberty Ought to Be More Than A Matter of Opinion)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThere is no growth without challenge. As students grow up in the church they need real world tests that challenge their faith while in a safe community of other committed Christians who care about them and can equip them. The “just believe harder/blind faith” approach is not working. More importantly, it’s deeply unbiblical. Students need a grown-up worldview that explains their experiences and makes sense of the world around them. At some point, they need to transfer ownership from the church or their parents to themselves. They need to come to a point where they are convinced Christianity is true. Building a lasting faith means knowing what you believe, why you believe it and how to live it out. — Jonathan Morrow (from, 3 Kinds of Students That Leave Christianity After High School)

Christian Apologetics QuotesWilliam Ralph Inge once said “Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.” The spirit of our age is relativism and humanism – the belief that truth is what you want it to be, and we humans can be the judges for ourselves. I posit that this is not spiritual freedom, but spiritual anarchy. I used to love those “choose your own adventure” books as a child and as much fun as it would be to make Christianity a “choose your own spirituality,” it is not. The day I start believing that it is, I have rejected historic Christianity and have made it into a god of my choosing. — Hillary Morgan Ferrer (from, Why Your Children Do NOT Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions)