Evidential apologetics is a method of Christian apologetics that emphasizes  positive evidences in favor of the truth of Christianity. The distinctive  feature of evidential apologetics is its one-step approach to establishing  Christian theism. Evidentialists will utilize evidence and arguments from  several areas including archeology, fulfilled messianic prophecy, and especially  from miracles.

In distinction from classical apologetics, the evidential  apologist believes that the occurrence of miracles acts as an evidence for God’s  very existence. In this way, the evidential apologist does not believe that the  philosophical and scientific arguments for God’s existence must logically  precede arguments from miracles to establish biblical Christianity. However, the  evidential apologist is not opposed to the use of natural theology to help to  confirm God’s existence. These arguments are an important weapon in the arsenal  of the evidentialist as they help to undergird the case for Christianity by  giving further confirmation that God exists and has created and designed our  universe. Evidentialists simply do not believe such arguments must be presented  prior to moving on to evidence from miracles. In this way, the evidential  apologist can argue for theism and Christian theism at the same time without  having to first establish God’s existence. Such an approach can be beneficial in  personal evangelism where time can be at a minimum.

Evidential  apologists characteristically place a heavy emphasis on evidence from miracles,  especially the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Evidentialists will appeal  to numerous lines of evidence to establish the historicity of the post-mortem  appearances of the risen Jesus, as well as the discovery of His empty tomb.  Additional emphasis is often placed on refuting naturalistic theories that  attempt to explain away the evidence for the resurrection of Christ. Once the  resurrection has been established, Jesus’ (and His apostles’) own understanding  of this event then becomes the proper interpretive framework through which we  understand its significance. Prior to His crucifixion, Jesus said that His  forthcoming resurrection would validate His claims (Matthew  12:38-40, 16:1-4).  The Apostle Paul declared that the resurrection of Christ was God’s vindication  of Christ’s deity (Romans  1:3-4). In the book of Acts, the Apostle Peter claimed that Jesus’ bodily  resurrection was God’s endorsement of Jesus’ public ministry (Acts 2:23-32). When taken  in this context, the bodily resurrection becomes the primary validation of  Jesus’ own radical claims about Himself and the vindication of Jesus’ message of  salvation.