Our culture tells us we have to choose between heart and mind, but that is a false dichotomy. If we can thoughtfully question our cultural narrative and its assumptions, and think deeply about what the Bible says, our hearts and minds can become one in harmony with each other. Only then will we experience the full joy, peace, and wonder that is possible with the God whose nature is the defining source of both reason and love. James Hoskins (from, Recovering the Lost Unity of Heart and Mind)

I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had. Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period. . . . I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked. Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way. — Michael Crichton (cited in, The Danger of Scientific Consensus)

Students have questions. There is no way around it, and there is no way of avoiding it. Nor should you. So it is critical that you can foster a culture where questions are encouraged. But don’t freak out just yet. I am not saying that you must have all the answers to every question every student asks. Believe me; they will devise some kind of crazy question that you can’t answer—or even should answer. That isn’t the point. The point here is to make certain that students feel safe to ask and wrestle with huge questions. Although it might be hard to imagine, there are many students who have been raised to believe that to doubt and question is to have insufficient faith. Think about John the Baptist for a moment. He sat in jail wondering if Jesus really was the Messiah, or had he made a mistake? So did he have insufficient faith? The key here is to look at the response Jesus gives to John’s disciples to be delivered back to John. He does not rebuke, express disappointment, or laugh in their faces. Jesus simply responded with evidence. — Steve Kozak (from, Making Apologetics Part of Youth Ministry’s DNA)

We have got to start talking differently about ‘faith.’ Unfortunately, we have let the secular world and antagonists like Bill Maher define the term for us. What they mean by ‘faith’ is blind leaping. That is what they think our commitment to Christ and the Christian view of the world is all about. They think we have simply disengaged our minds and leapt blindly into the religious abyss. The biblical view of saving faith has never had anything to do with blind leaping. Jesus himself was fixed on the idea that we can know the truth—and not just in some spiritual or mystical way. Rather, he taught that we can know the truth about God, humans, and salvation objectively. That is, the very best forms of investigation, evidence, and careful reasoning will inevitably point to God and His great plans for us. — Craig Hazen (cited in, Reasoning for the Truth of Christianity: A Practical Guide to Apologetics in College and Life)

When one considers the vast amount of time and people involved in God’s covenant with his people, throughout the Old Testament and the New, one would think there would be vast areas of inconsistency and incoherence in what’s written in Scripture. However, when Scripture is read, it’s nothing short of miraculous that its message is uniform throughout history, that it moves inexorably toward a distinct purpose and plan, that its focus, from the beginning to the end and into eternity, is God’s presence with his creation and his people. This is no book produced in secret. It’s not a book given to one man who alone “founds” a religion. This is God’s book, given by him to a number of his select representatives, and written down for his people, that they might know him and know what it is he requires of them. No other religious book can claim such a pedigree. No other book so far transcends its limits that it moves its readers toward heaven itself. — K. Scott Oliphint (from, Why Belief in the Bible is Rational: An Interview with K. Scott Oliphint)

Modern culture is not altogether opposed to the gospel. But it is out of all connection with it. It not only prevents the acceptance of Christianity, it prevents Christianity from even getting a hearing. — J. Gresham Machen (cited in, Reasoning for the Truth of Christianity: A Practical Guide to Apologetics in College and Life)

Nearly everyone I know who has embraced Christianity in adult life has been influenced by what seemed to him to be at least a probable argument for theism. — C.S. Lewis (cited in, Reasoning for the Truth of Christianity: A Practical Guide to Apologetics in College and Life)

Early Christians weren’t afraid to study, to learn and to engage in the intellectual fight for the faith. Much of their writings were for the purpose of defending the faith. Interestingly, a lot of it focused on the same kind of charge we face more and more every day: that Christianity is immoral, harmful and generally bad for people and for the nation. Christians took those concerns seriously and answered them thoughtfully. — Tom Gilson (from, How Christians Can ‘Outthink, Outlive, Outpray’ Today’s Many Small Gods)

If you think Christianity is about your physical well-being here. If you think Christianity is about your living the American Dream. If you think Christianity is about your having an improved lifestyle here, then you are going to question the truth of Christianity when hardship comes because the Lord doesn’t promise you those things. Therefore, it is paramount that we have a correct understanding of what Jesus promised and didn’t promise if we are to have confidence in what Jesus is doing to and through us on planet Earth. Jesus promised to be with you through suffering; He didn’t promise that you would avoid it. I tell my classes, “God’s Plan A for your life is to take you through regular periods of suffering and there is no Plan B.” Suffering purifies us and, if we bear it while continuing to honor God, it proves to humans and angels that we really are His disciples. — Clay Jones (from, The Major Reason Christians Doubt)

Here’s the bottom line: There are certainly a few opportunities for full time apologists. And there are also ways to do apologetics part-time. Neither is more important than the other, and the church desperately needs both. The question is, given our unique experiences, abilities, and interests, how can we each make a contribution? — Sean McDowell (from, How Can You Make a Career in Apologetics?)