“But again, you’re tarring all Christians with the same brush, and that’s neither fair nor logi—”
“Look from the present to the past, then, Jonathan! What’s Church history but the unholy saga of oppression and wars over the faith—Christians from Venice looting Christians in Constantinople; the Spanish Inquisition burning heretics and Jews; Catholic armies versus Lutheran armies in the 1500s, drenching the countryside in blood; French Protestants getting massacred; witch trials from Joan of Arc to Salem, Massachusetts; and thousands of other grisly events in history—all in the name of the Lord! And what are green and orange doing to each other to this very day in that cesspool of religious fanaticism called Ireland? Can’t you see that what I’m doing is the most humanitarian gesture I could possibly offer the world?” Continue reading
Our faith has got to be not only theological, but logical as well.
— Paul Maier, from the “Christianity and the Competition” lecture at 27:25
Anybody who tries to use the argument that Jesus of Nazareth never existed [as a verifiable historical figure] is simply flaunting his or her ignorance. There is no serious question in the mind of any serious scholar, anywhere in the world that there certainly was a historical personality named Jesus of Nazareth. Now you can argue if he was the Son of God or not, argue about the supernatural aspects of his life, but in terms of the historical character of Jesus, all the evidence is in favor.
— Paul Maier, quoted by apologetics315.blogspot.com on December 26, 2010
Not only countless individual lives but civilization itself was transformed by Jesus Christ. In the ancient world, his teachings elevated brutish standards of morality, halted infanticide, enhanced human life, emancipated women, abolished slavery, inspired charity and relief organizations, created hospitals, established orphanages, and founded schools. Continue reading
No other religion, philosophy, teaching, nation, movement—whatever—has so changed the world for the better as Christianity has done. Its shortcomings … are nevertheless heavily outweighed by its benefits to all mankind.
— Paul Maier, quoted in How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin Schmidt, p. 9