Christian Apologetics QuotesI pray earnestly that God will raise up today a new generation of Christian apologists or Christian communicators, who will combine an absolute loyalty to the biblical gospel and an unwavering confidence in the power of the Spirit with a deep and sensitive understanding of the contemporary alternatives to the gospel; who will relate the one to the other with freshness, pungency, authority and relevance; and who will use their minds to reach other minds for Christ. — John Stott (from, Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life)

Christian Apologetics QuotesSometimes people try to justify their lack of intellectual engagement by asserting that they prefer having a “simple faith.” But here I think we must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith. A childlike faith is a whole-souled trust in God as one’s loving Heavenly Father, and Jesus commends such a faith to us. But a childish faith is an immature, unreflective faith, and such a faith is not commended to us. On the contrary, Paul says, “Do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature” (1 Cor. 14.20 RSV). If a “simple” faith means an unreflective, ignorant faith, then we should want none of it. In my own life, I can testify that, after many years of study, my worship of God is deeper precisely because of, and not in spite of, my philosophical and theological studies. In every area I have intensely researched—creation, the resurrection, divine omniscience, divine eternity, divine aseity—my appreciation of God’s truth and my awe of His personhood have become more profound. I am excited about future study because of the deeper appreciation I am sure it will bring me of God’s personhood and work. Christian faith is not an apathetic faith, a brain-dead faith, but a living, inquiring faith. As Anselm put it, ours is a faith that seeks understanding. Furthermore, the results of being in intellectual neutral extend far beyond one’s own self. If Christian laymen do not become intellectually engaged, then we are in serious danger of losing our youth. In high school and college, Christian teenagers are intellectually assaulted by every manner of non-Christian philosophy conjoined with an overwhelming relativism. As I speak in churches around the country, I constantly meet parents whose children have lost their faith because there was no one in the church to answer their questions. In fact, George Barna estimates that 40% of the youth in our churches, once they leave for college, will never darken the door of a church again. — William Lane Craig (from, In Intellectual Neutral)

Christian Apologetics QuotesApologetics is not only the convergence of theological categories, bringing together the study of the Old Testament, Biblical languages, systematic theology, and so forth. It’s also an integration of all academic disciplines through a Christian worldview. To do holistic, effective apologetics, one should integrate their systematic theology with theologically-informed psychology, theologically-informed sociology, theologically-informed biology, and so on. Apologetics may begin with the teachings of Scripture, but it extends to anywhere God’s truth exists and then subsequently seeks to apply and articulate that truth for the defense of the faith. — Christopher Talbot (from, Proving the Existence of Apologetics)

Christian Apologetics QuotesIt is crucial that Christians be able to engage with unbelief at the worldview level. Christians need to understand not only what it means to have a biblical worldview, but also why they should hold fast to that worldview and apply it to all of life. They should be able to identify the major non-Christian worldviews that vie for dominance in our society, to understand where they fundamentally differ from the Christian worldview, and to make a well-reasoned case that the Christian worldview alone is true, good, and beautiful. The challenge is greater than ever. But we shouldn’t be discouraged, because the opportunities and resources available to us are also greater now than they have ever been. In the last half-century or so there has been a remarkable renaissance in Christian philosophy and apologetics, much of which has focused on developing and defending a biblical worldview. Whatever God calls His people to do, He equips them to do. The problem is not that the church is under-equipped, but that she has yet to make full use of what Christ has provided for her. — James Anderson (from, What Is a Worldview?)

Christian Apologetics QuotesWe all know [that] embracing Christianity’s truth claims intellectually isn’t all there is to it, but in my case it was a necessary step before I could trust Christ for the remission of my sins and for eternal life. So “belief” in Christ requires more than intellectual assent – but apologetics played a pivotal role in my eventual intellectual assent. — David Limbaugh (from, Who Is the True Jesus? An Interview with David Limbaugh)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe purpose of the university is the pursuit of truth. Yet truth is precisely what is most unwelcome at so many universities today that insist on protecting students from having to encounter it. — Dr. Everett Piper (from, Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth)

Christian Apologetics QuotesFrom the shortest texts and tweets to the humblest website, to the angriest blog, to the most visited social networks, the daily communications of the wired world attest that everyone is now in the business of relentless self-promotion–presenting themselves, explaining themselves, defending themselves, selling themselves or sharing their inner thoughts and emotions as never before in human history. That is why it can be said that we are in the grand secular age of apologetics.— Os Guinness (cited in, Why we all need to be trained in Christian Apologetics)

Christian Apologetics QuotesObviously, [suffering is] not a definitive proof that [God] exists, but it’s a hint that he does, in that when a skeptic claims there’s too much ‘evil’ or ‘suffering’ in the world for God to exist, he’s in that moment claiming a category called ‘suffering’ or ‘evil.’ If the skeptic’s worldview were true and there were no absolute, transcendent person who gave us a moral law or a sense of right and wrong, then that category of ‘suffering’ or ‘evil’ wouldn’t exist. To say the world is filled with suffering is to compare it to something one thinks is the right way. But where would we get this better way of being idea to compare life to if God didn’t exist? It couldn’t come from nature, because if our brains were programmed simply through evolutionary development, we would never conclude that killing weak babies was wrong or that oppressing weaker people groups is wrong. Those things would be the most natural events to us. But for some reason, because of something beyond nature, we come to different conclusions. The fact that shootings and cancer and genocides bother us at all points to a moral Law Giver who transcends our natural order. — Mark Clark (from The Problem of God: An Interview with Mark Clark)

Christian Apologetics QuotesAs students grow more and more accustomed to assuming materialism and naturalism in their academic work, the concept of creation by God gradually tends to become less real to them. It is not so much that any single finding undermines their faith; rather, the day-to-day practice of thinking in naturalistic terms about academic subjects makes it awkward to think differently when it comes to religion. ― Phillip E. Johnson (from, Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds)

Christian Apologetics QuotesThe claim that, given time, science will explain everything is simply the atheist’s version of the God of the gaps. — Dr. Edgar Andrews (from, Who Made God?: Searching for a Theory of Everything)

Christian Apologetics QuotesWould it be worth it to pick up my cross and be crucified next to Jesus? If He is not God, then, no. Lose everything I love to worship a false God? A million times over, no! But if He is God, then yes. Being forever bonded to my Lord by suffering alongside Him? A million times over, yes! ― Nabeel Qureshi (from, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity)

Christian Apologetics QuotesI have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence. Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore. To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance. — Michio Kaku (cited in, String Theory Co-Founder: Sub-Atomic Particles Are Evidence the Universe Was Created)