A miracle’s probability greatly increases if “God’s existence” is part of the relevant background information, making miracles a live option. We shouldn’t decide in advance that miracles are impossible, particularly if (a) God exists and creates and has revealed himself in history, and, given this context, (b) there is good historical evidence to support such a miracle-claim.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 1701
To reject the historicity of the Gospels a priori because they contain miracles violates logical and historical standards of reasoning. Since the Gospels are well established historically, the miracle stories they convey deserve serious historical consideration. The only way to know whether there is credibility to a miraculous claim is to investigate it. The cutting edge of science exploration has revealed a universe in which miracles are possible. To reject miracles based on a precommitment to the naturalistic worldview is to engage in circular reasoning.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 1091
No doubt, the historian will be more exacting in his examination of the evidence where miracles are in question. But if the evidence is really good, he will not refuse it on a priori grounds.
— F. F. Bruce, from The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?, p. 62
Not only were virtually all of the founding fathers of science devout Christians (including Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Boyle, and Pascal), but the Christian worldview provided a basis for modern science to emerge and flourish.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 2178
Lutheran Christian Johannes Kepler, discoverer of the elliptical orbits of planets, when asked why he did science, is credited with replying that in scientific research he could “think God’s thoughts after him.” Thinking God’s thoughts after him is worship. Likewise, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ is worship. Worshiping with your mind and heart wide awake to the wonder of redeeming love is the only way for a boy to grow up into a true man of God.
— Douglas Bond, from Stand Fast In the Way of Truth, p. 35
A little science estranges a man from God. A lot of science brings him back.
— Francis Bacon, quoted in How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, p. 65
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
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
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