Reasonable Faith is a Christian apologetics ministry established by philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig who is a prolific defender of Christianity. He has debated many notable atheists and non-Christians on university campuses globally.
Reasonable Faith Singapore seeks to locally fulfil the three-fold mission of Reasonable Faith:
We hold monthly sessions, and we aim to provide churches and ministries apologetics resources and training through conducting courses, talks and discussions.
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
Reasonable Faith aims to provide an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as:
Frederick is currently pursuing an MA in Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Previously, he completed his BA in Philosophy at NTU, obtained a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and completed the Theology Programme from Credo House Ministries. He has published in academic journals and has presented at various academic conferences. He has also written popular-level articles for moralapologetics.com, Cru Singapore, and the Christian Apologetics Alliance. He also speaks at various venues such as in churches, to various ministries, and even in schools.
Once a skeptic of Christianity, Frederick is now a believer who desires to use apologetics to spread the Gospel to unbelievers and to strengthen believers in their faith.
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).
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.