True listening are a testimony of our faith…

In witnessing, the role of talking is frequently overemphasized. Does that sound strange? It’s true. Silence and especially true listening are often the strongest testimony of our faith. A major problem for Christian evangelism is not getting people to talk, but to silence those who through their continuous chatter reveal a loveless heart devoid of confidence in God.

Dallas Willard, quoted in Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman, p. 248

The silent evangelism of listening…

Needless to say, you should evangelize your friends, but don’t forget the silent evangelism of listening when they grieve and offering your arm when they stumble.

J. Budziszewski, from How to Stay Christian in College, p. 171

Any one form of evangelism…

I do not believe there is any one system of apologetics that meets the need of all the people, any more than I think there is any one form of evangelism that meets the need of all the people. It is to be shaped on the basis of love for the person as a person.

Francis Schaeffer, from A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture, p. 177

No room for freedom of the will…

[We] are inclined to say that since nature consists of particles and their relations with each other, and since everything can be accounted for in terms of those particles and their relations, there is simply no room for freedom of the will…. [Quantum] indeterminism is no evidence that there is or could be some mental energy of human freedom that can move molecules in directions that they were not otherwise going to move. So it really does look as if everything we know about physics forces us to some form of denial of human freedom.

John Searle, quoted in The Recalcitrant Imago Dei by J. P. Moreland, p. 50

Free will simply does not exist…

Free will as it is traditionally conceived—the freedom to make uncoerced and unpredictable choices among alternative possible courses of action—simply does not exist…. There is no way that the evolutionary process as currently conceived can produce a being that is truly free to make choices.

William Provine, quoted in Darwin on Trial by Phillip E. Johnson, p. 127

Naturalistic evolution denies human freedom…

Since any form of naturalistic evolution denies human freedom, it must deny responsibility, and hence it cannot be that my actions have any value.

W. David Beck, from In Defense of Miracles, edited by R. Douglas Geivett and Gary R. Habermas, p. 161

Jesus commissions his followers to persuade…

One should observe that Jesus commissions his followers to persuade and influence people through teaching that is empowered by the Holy Spirit. He never authorizes imperialism, exploitation, coercion, threats, or any other means of illicit power over others. Instead, he tells us to love our neighbors and even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48). The Book of Acts shows the early Christians winning conversions through persuasion, not coercion or manipulation. Sadly, some later Christians who held the reigns of political power did enforce Christian conformity through the sword. One would be hard pressed, though, to find any warrant for this in the teachings of Jesus (or the Apostles).

Douglas Groothuis, from On Jesus, p. 46

Religious faith seldom causes war…

I had barely begun separating the teetering stacks of books dedicated to ancient and medieval warfare when Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod fortuitously happened to publish their three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars, a massive 1,502-page compendium compiled by nine reputable professors of history, including the director of the Centre of Military History and the former head of the Centre of Defence Studies, of what amounts to a significant percentage of all the wars that have taken place throughout recorded human history. Continue reading