Christian Apologetics QuotesCollege isn’t what it used to be. And many students raised in the church are not ready. You may have noticed in the news that free speech and historic Christian beliefs and values are not exactly being celebrated on campus or in our culture today.  The tyranny of tolerance is alive and well. Depending on the survey you look at, about half of Christian students will disengage from their faith / church after they graduate high school and head off to college. If you care about the next generation as I do then this should break your heart and serve as a wakeup call that “business as usual” is not working out so well. As I have taught and worked with high school and college students over the past 12 years I have seen a lot of different scenarios play themselves out. Here is one of the most common pathways. A student who has a primarily emotional / sentimental faith will find it wilting very quickly in the heat of real world challenges on campus. When a student moves from one group where their childhood beliefs were the majority view to a new group where they are now in the minority view, they face significant pressure to modify or reject those “outdated” beliefs. When they have left the bubble, will they stand? That is why we must train our students to know why they believe what they believe. It’s not a matter of if but when the challenges will come. — Jonathan Morrow (from, Are Your Christian Students Ready for College?)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesDespite the fact I had attended a solid, Bible-teaching church since my childhood, the foundational truths that address those concerns were never taught. The church had not prepared me to answer the types of questions the critical-thinking community had. As an engineer advocating for the case of Jesus, I saw how desperately the church needed to be teaching apologetics; yet, it was not. For years my parents and others like them sent their children to church expecting the church to prepare us for the battles against the world. But instead, we had been given superficial Christian platitudes with no depth of foundation. Many of my peers stumbled in their faith when faced with the questions the world threw at them in college. While I clung to my faith as truth, I knew I needed to understand why it was truth. — Cathryn Buse (from, Teaching Others to Defend Christianity: What Every Christian Should Know)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesTaking a careful look may lead to surprising places. C.S. Lewis, a scholar of Medieval and Renaissance literature, a novelist, and an eloquent expositor of Christianity, began as something between an agnostic and an atheist. He continued as such until he considered seriously the possibility of the truth claims of Christianity. Examining the evidence critically led to his conversion. Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell, both popular Christian apologists, who have written on arguments for the historicity of the resurrection in accessible formats, likewise both began as atheists—atheists until they looked at the evidence. This is not the story of everyone, but it is the story of many. We must ask ourselves, then, are we committed to truth wherever it may lead us? Are we open to forms of inquiry beyond science? Are the Christian truth claims, if they hold up, important for life? Are they worth examining? And am I willing to examine them? — Tyler VanderWeele (from, Evidence, Knowledge, & Science: How Does Christianity Measure Up?)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesAppreciating the incarnational nature of Christianity includes realizing that God made us with bodies and emotions, as well as minds and souls, and that he placed us in the physical world that he had made—and he called all of this good, even very good. The future we look forward to is not a disembodied spirit-heaven, but rather a new heaven and a new earth, where we will have glorified, resurrected bodies. Thus, any fully-orbed presentation of the truth about ourselves and God’s plan for us cannot be a disembodied, purely intellectual truth; it must truthfully reflect our nature as created beings. Part of being incarnate means that it is good and right for us to have emotions and express them—as our Lord did, for example, by weeping at the tomb of Lazarus and by getting angry with the money changers in the temple. The fact that little children wanted to come to him suggests that he had a welcoming physicality and a warm personality that they instinctively trusted and found attractive. He wasn’t just a walking dictionary of Christian theology. — Holly Ordway (from, Come and See: The Value of Storytelling for Apologetics)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesWe need to tell stories that show our need for rescue and redemption, and that there is no place so low, no state of weakness too profound, no state of desperation so deep that God cannot find us and rescue us. — Holly Ordway (from, Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesMy observation is that most Christians have not critically examined their faith. They certainly have not tested it in the fiery furnace of agnosticism. Christians reflexively defend, coddle and protect their faith, as if it were too delicate to endure intense scrutiny. Too many Christians accept their religion as the “one true faith” without really examining if this is true. — Marshall Davis (from, Exploring Atheism)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesAs Christians we face two tasks in our evangelism: saving the soul and saving the mind, that is to say, not only converting people spiritually, but converting them intellectually as well. And the Church is lagging dangerously behind with regard to this second task. If the church loses the intellectual battle in one generation, then evangelism will become immeasurably more difficult in the next. The war is not yet lost, and it is one which we must not lose: souls of men and women hang in the balance. For the sake of greater effectiveness in witnessing to Jesus Christ Himself, as well as for their own sakes, evangelicals cannot afford to keep on living on the periphery of responsible intellectual existence. Thinking about your faith is indeed a virtue, for it helps you to better understand and defend your faith. — William Lane Craig (from, Hard Questions, Real Answers)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesWhen we turn to the Gospels, we find multiple, independent attestation of this burial story, and Joseph of Arimathea is specifically named in all four accounts. On top of that, the burial story in Mark is so extremely early that it’s simply not possible for it to have been subject to legendary corruption. When you read the New Testament, there’s no doubt that the disciples sincerely believed the truth of the resurrection, which they proclaimed to their deaths. The idea that the empty tomb is the result of some hoax, conspiracy, or theft is simply dismissed today. — William Lane Craig (cited in, Case-Making 101: A Resurrection Apologetic)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesIf we assume science is the only way to determine not only what does happen but what can happen, then our view of the world is extremely narrow. A purely naturalistic explanation of the world cannot satisfy every aspect of human life. The mind, consciousness, self-awareness, and human history refuse to be captured by a purely materialistic definition…With these considerations in mind, science can be used and supported for what it is and for the good it can achieve in helping us understand our world. Trouble arises, however, when scientism exceeds the limits of its reference and purpose. We must be willing to lift our eyes above the horizon of purely naturalistic explanations as we seek to understand the complex and multidimensional world we find ourselves in. — Leah Baugh (from, 3 False Assumptions about Science)

 

Christian Apologetics QuotesThis “first cause” of the universe accounts for the beginning of all space, time and matter. It must, therefore, be non-spatial, atemporal, and immaterial. Even more importantly, the first cause must be uncaused. If this were not true, the cause of the universe would not be the “first” cause at all. Theists and atheists alike are looking for the uncaused first cause of the cosmos in order to avoid the irrational problem of an infinite regress of past causes and effects. It is, therefore, reasonable to accept the existence of an uncaused first cause. — J Warner Wallace (from, Who Created God?)