An argument in apologetics, when actually used in dialogue, is an extension of the arguer. The arguer’s tone, sincerity, care, concern, listening, and respect matter as much as his or her logic—probably more. The world was won for Christ not by arguments but by sanctity: ‘What you are speaks so loud, I can hardly hear what you say.’
— Peter Kreeft, from Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics
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
When wrestling with these issues, why is it not possible to disagree without being disagreeable? Why is it not possible to discuss these issues without generating more heat than light? Is it not important to deal with these fundamental issues in a reasonable manner?
— Ravi Zacharias
Let us bear in mind the final words of Peter’s admonition—that when we give reasons for our hope, we do so “with gentleness and respect (1 Pet. 3:15). A living example of the right attitude is Ron Greer, an ex-offender who once hated all white people but then gloriously converted and is now a Prison Fellowship instructor and pastor of an evangelical church in Madison, Wisconsin. Greer was dismissed from his regular job at a fire department for passing out Christian tracts describing homosexuality as a sin. Continue reading
The Bible commands us to “defend” the faith (Phil 1:7), but we should not be defensive about it. We should also contend for the faith (Jude 3) without being contentious. We should speak the truth, but it should be spoken in love (Eph 4:15).
— Norman Geisler
An impassioned “What-do-I-say-when-he-or-she-says-such-and-such” approach to apologetics alone will not do: we must be willing to roll up our sleeves for the sake of truth, for no one has a greater stake in it than those of us who claim to follow him who is the Truth.
— J. M. Njoroge, from “Apologetics: Why Your Church Needs It,” in Just Thinking the triannual communique of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Vol. 18.3, p. 22
When you throw mud, not only do you get your hands dirty but you also lose ground.
— Ravi Zacharias, from the Harvard Veritas Forum lectures