Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Understanding the Cosmological Argument

When someone commits to becoming a Christian case maker it can be overwhelming.  There are so many arguments and counter-arguments to master.  I think a great place to start is to learn just one argument and know it well. Imagine if every Christian committed to mastering just one argument for the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible or the resurrection of Jesus.  I believe more people would begin to at least consider what Christians had to say.

One family of arguments worth studying are the cosmological arguments for God's existence.  They include, but are not limited to:

  • The kalam cosmological argument
  • The Thomistic cosmological argument
  • The Leibnizian cosmological argument
In this post by Carl Weitnauer of Reasons for God, each of these arguments are explained and research links are provided for further study.  Weitnauer also includes links to answers to common objections to the arguments.  This page is a great place to begin studying the cosmological arguments for God's existence.

So learn and argument and start sharing it!

Courage and Godspeed,

Related Posts

Cosmology, the Big Bang, and the Beginning

A Cosmological Argument Primer

Videos: The Kalam Cosmological Argument with Peter S. Williams

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Paul K. Moser on the Existence of God

"Many sane, educated and generally trustworthy people claim not only that God exists but also that they have genuine knowledge, including justified true belief, that God exists. Because claims are typically cheap and easy, however, the claim to know that God exists will prompt the following response, usually sooner rather than later: How do they know? This common four-word question, although irksome at times, is perfectly intelligible and even valuable, as far as it goes. It seeks an explanation of how the belief that God exists exceeds mere belief, or opinion, and achieves the status of genuine knowledge. In particular, this question typically seeks an explanation of how, if at all, the belief that God exists is grounded, justified, reasonable, or evidence-based regarding affirmations of truth. A plausible goal behind our four-word question is, at least for many inquirers, to acquire truth in a manner that includes an adequate indication of true belief. These truth-seeking inquirers aim not only to avoid false belief and lucky guesswork, but also to minimize the risk of error in their beliefs (at least in a way befitting to the acquisition of truth). We should aim for the same, as people who seek truth but who are faced sometimes with facts and other realities at odds with our opinions. In seeking truth about God's existence, in particular, we thus should seek truth based on evidence for God's reality. Such evidence, if available, would indicate that it is true that God exists, or (in other words) that God is real rather than fictional."

Courage and Godspeed,

HT: The Poached Egg

Friday, September 23, 2016

Can You Relate to Puddy?

Recently, I was listening to a Haven Today program entitled Heaven, Hell, and Hope.  It was part of a week-long series entitled "Honest Evangelism."  During the program, they play two audio clips, one of Penn Jillette's encounter with a Christian who shared his faith with him.  I had heard this previously.  But the second clip was an interesting segment from Seinfeld.  In this episode, Elaine is dating a Christian named "Puddy."  I will admit that I found the clip funny but at the same time I also believe it gets it right when portraying many Christians today.  We claim the benefits of knowing Jesus but don't make it our priority to share it lovingly with others.

Check out the clip below and feel free to share your thoughts!

God Bless,

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Preview: Making Sense of God by Tim Keller

About the Author

Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.

He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In over ten years they have helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller’s books, including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God and The Prodigal God, have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.

About the Book

Skepticism is healthy if it leads us to question the assumptions of our age. But our modern culture has elevated skepticism to such an ultimate value that belief in anything seems faintly absurd. Yet human beings cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope—and these things all require a faith dimension.

In an earlier book, The Reason for God, the author made a case for Christianity; Making Sense of God starts further back, addressing people who strongly doubt that any version of religion or faith makes sense or has anything of value to offer the contemporary world.

In his trademark accessible prose, New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller invites those who have dismissed Christianity as irrelevant to reconsider. As the founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Dr. Keller has spent decades engaging with skeptics of all persuasions, from the hostile to the hopeful, in personal conversations, sermons, and books, which have sold over two million copies.
You can order your copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Video: Jesus vs. Mithra

Here is the latest video from Inspiring Philosophy.  This one deals with the claim that Jesus is merely a "copycat" of the ancient Persian deity Mithra.  

For more on Mithraism, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Brian Auten of Apologetics315 Interviews Presuppositional Apologist John Frame

If I had to label the apologetics methodology I subscribe to I would say that I am an evidentialist.  However, I find value in each of the apologetic approaches and you won't find that I spend too much time quibbling over which approach should be used.  In many cases, I believe it depends on the person you are sharing your convictions with.

Regardless, I desire to learn more about the pre-suppositional approach so I took the time to listen to Brian Auten's interview with pre-suppositional apologist John Frame.  Auten's apologist interviews are gems and if you haven't taken the time to listen to them, I highly recommend them.  You can find them here.

In the interview, Frame talks about:

  • what pre-suppositional apologetics is and isn't
  • various misconceptions regarding pre-suppositional apologetics
  • how pre-suppositional apologists use evidence 
  • and more!
You can listen to this interesting interview here.

To learn more about John Frame and his work, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Monday, September 19, 2016

What is Wrong With America?

Dr. Craig provides his thoughts on the current state of America in Reasonable Faith's most recent podcast.  You can listen to  this particular podcast here.

Stand firm in Christ,

Sunday, September 18, 2016