The task of the apologist…

The task of the apologist is to clear the bushes so they (people) can get an unobstructed view of Christ.

Ravi Zacharias, from the A Meeting of the Minds lecture The New Age: A Foreign Bird With a Local Walk

Argument doesn’t save people…

Apologetics does not dominate our message; it under girds our message. Argument doesn’t save people, but it certainly clears the obstacles so they can take a direct look at the Cross.

Ravi Zacharias, from Just Thinking the triannual communique of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Fall 2005

Nobody objects to a nondoctrinal Christianity…

J. Gresham Machen observed seventy-five years ago “this curious fact—when men talk thus about propagating Christianity without defending it, the thing that we are propagating is pretty sure not to be Christianity at all. They are propagating an anti-intellectualistic, nondoctrinal Modernism; and the reason why it requires no defense is simply that it is so completely in accord with the current of the age.” Nobody objects to a nondoctrinal Christianity because there is nothing to object to.

Kevin DeYoung, from Why We’re Not Emergent, p. 107

Western civilization is in danger…

Western civilization is for the first time in its history in danger of dying. The reason is spiritual. It is losing its life, its soul; that soul was the Christian faith…. We do apologetics not to save the church but to save the world.

Peter Kreeft, quoted in Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland, kindle location 1489

We need to give our youth reasons…

We need to give our youth reasons Christianity is objectively true, why the Bible is God’s inspired and infallible Word, and how we know Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is more than mere mythology or an elaborate hoax. If we cannot rise to the task, we run the risk of losing our children and generations to follow.

Sean McDowell, from Passionate Conviction, Paul Copan and William Lane Craig, editors, p. 260

Reality will always be on our side…

The objections that unbelievers raise are not trivial. They often cut deep into the heart of the Christian faith and challenge its very foundations. If miracles are not possible, then why should we believe Christ was God? If God can’t control evil, is he really worthy of worship? Face it: if these objections can’t be answered, then we may as well believe in fairy tales. These are reasonable questions which deserve reasonable answers. Continue reading