Reasonable Faith is a Christian apologetics ministry established by Dr. William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He is a prolific defender of Christianity, having debated many notable atheists and non-Christians on university campuses globally. Dr Craig has authored or edited more than thirty books.
Reasonable Faith aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as:
Reasonable Faith Singapore seeks to locally fulfil the three-fold mission of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith Ministry:
We aim to provide churches and ministries in Singapore apologetics resources and training through conducting courses, giving talks and holding discussions. Ultimately, the aim of the group is to glorify God and spread the Gospel through the use of apologetics.
Christians are called to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). Apologetics, which is making a case for the truth of the Christian faith, is an expression of loving God with our mind. It strengthens the faith of believers and helps bring non-believers closer to accepting the Gospel.
"The value of apologetics extends far beyond one's immediate evangelistic contact. It is the broader task of Christian apologetics to help create and sustain a cultural milieu in which the Gospel can be heard as an intellectually viable option for thinking men and women."
– Dr. William Lane Craig
Jesse is a civil servant who is pursuing a Masters in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Married with one child, he is keen to strengthen the faith and evangelism of Christians through apologetics. He is currently serving at Church of Singapore (Balestier).
Frederick is pursing a BA in Philosophy and has obtained a Certificate of Study in Christian Apologetics by Biola University which required him to do three modules from their Masters programme. He desires to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread and believers kept in the faith through the use of apologetics along side the use of Biblical teaching.
Christians understand faith not as 'belief despite the lack of evidence', but rather as placing our trust in God. We believe in God, not merely believe that God exists. Christian apologetics is making a case for the truth of the Christian faith.
1 Peter 3:15 [ESV]: "but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,"
Jesus appealed to miracles and to fulfilled prophecy to demonstrate that His claims were true (Luke 24:25–27; John 14:11). The apostles used fulfilled prophecy, Jesus’ miracles, and especially Jesus’ resurrection to show that He was the Messiah (Acts 2). The apostles also sought to show the existence of God through His handiwork in nature (Acts 14:17, Romans 1:20), and eyewitness testimony of Jesus’ resurrection to show further that Christianity is true (1 Corinthians 15:3–8).
Shaping culture: The gospel is always heard against our cultural backdrop. Presenting arguments and evidence will help to create a culture in which Christian belief is seen as a reasonable option.
Strengthening believers: Knowing what and why we believe will make us more confident in sharing our faith. Apologetics can also help us to keep the faith in times of doubt and struggle. It reminds us that our faith is not based on emotions but on the truth, and therefore we must hold on to it.
Attracting seekers: We become a more effective witness by being equipped to give reasons for the hope within. We can also reach those who will respond to rational argument and evidence and turn to Christ. Such persons can have tremendous impact, such as C.S. Lewis and Lee Strobel.
One way is to use arguments, which are reasons that supports the case, consisting of one or more premises and a conclusion. An example is the moral argument:
Good apologetics involves “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians. 4:15) and being gentle and respectful (1 Peter 3:15). We can present a defense of the Christian faith without becoming defensive. We can present arguments for Christianity without becoming argumentative.
If God does not exist, life is without ultimate or objective meaning, value, or purpose.
While this does not prove that God exists, it underscores the predicament we face if we reject the existence of God.