Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Counterpoints: Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens vs. Frank Turek

Richard Dawkins: "Religion makes specific claims about the universe which need to be substantiated and need to be challenged and, if necessary, need to be ridiculed with contempt." [1]

Christopher Hitchens: "I think religion should be treated with ridicule, hatred, and contempt, and I claim that right." [2]

Frank Turek: "...why resort to ridicule, hatred, and contempt when atheists claim that reason soundly refutes what a religious person believes?  Could it be that atheists arguments don't succeed?  Could it be that since they don't succeed, atheists often resort to emotion in order to cover their deficiency in reason?

If atheists declare themselves about reason, then they should use it.  They should present their arguments without ridicule, hatred, or contempt, and then we can evaluate them on the merits.  After all, don't they believe their own press releases-the ones where they bestow on themselves flattering nicknames such as 'brights' and 'freethinkers'?" [3]

To checkout our entire "Counterpoints" series, see here.

You can checkout Frank Turek's new book here and enter to win a copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad 

Footnotes:
1. Richard Dawkins, "Reason Rally" Speech, 2012, Transcript here.
2. Christopher Hitches from a speech in Toronto as quoted by Frank Turek in Stealing from God, p. 38.
3. Frank Turek, Stealing from God, p. 39.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Bad Company

It's important to understand that American abortion law is permissive in the extreme. While we often claim America as a bastion of human rights and equality, if you are an unborn child, this is one of the last countries on the planet in which you'd want to be conceived.

Only three other nations join the United States in giving mothers an unlimited right to end the young lives growing within them up to and including full-term birth. Only the communist regimes of China and North Korea, along with Canada, share with the United States an abortion culture that permits abortion for any reason after the child is viable outside the womb. Our law has the same disregard for the rights of the unborn as two of the most brutal and authoritarian regimes in the world.

The United States is one of just nine nations that have legalized abortion after fourteen weeks of gestation. Even secular Europe is much stricter than the United States when it comes to abortion, with seventeen of twenty-seven European nations limiting abortion to twelve weeks.1

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Footnote:
1. Fisher, Brian. Deliver Us from Abortion:  Awakening the Church to End the Killing of America's Children. Pages 13-14.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

What is Biblical Faith?

So John Loftus claims that Christians don't get to define the word "faith" for atheists.  According to Loftus, atheists get to define the word however they want.  However it appears here that American Atheists get to dictate how atheism is defined.  The question that immediately follows from this is, "Why do atheists get to define atheism, but theists don't get to define what faith means?" Especially when one considers that the current popular definition of atheism[atheists simply "lack belief in a god"] contradicts the manner in which the word has been used historically!  That seems like a double-standard to me.  I don't suppose I should look forward to Loftus chastising his fellow atheists for insisting that the word atheism have only one meaning.  After all Mr. Loftus, "isn't how we define the word 'atheism'...part of the debate itself?"

Authors like Richard Dawkins have popularized the belief that "faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence." [1]

Perhaps if Mr. Dawkins and Mr. Loftus were to actually investigate the matter they would discover that "the Greek word for "faith" in the NT is pistis.  As a noun, pistis is a word that was used as a technical rhetorical term for forensic proof." [2]   One example of this can be found in the NT in Acts 17:31:

"Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."

The Biblical concept of faith is that it is reasonable and rational. Biblical faith is and should be grounded in reality. It is open to discussion, objective inquiry, and critique.

For more on biblical faith, see J. Warner Wallace's excellent article "Is the Christian Faith Evidentially Reasonable?"

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. Richard Dawkins, Lecture from 'The Nullifidian' (Dec 94), http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/89.
2. J. P. Holding, What is Faith?



Friday, January 23, 2015

Dealing with Doubt Seminar featuring Gary Habermas

Richmond, Virginia

Doubt is rampant in the church and this course is designed to take a close look at what it means to have doubt and how to deal with the doubts of unbelievers and believers alike. Various species of doubt (such as factual, emotional, and volitional) will be examined together with their underlying causes. By means of readings and lectures, we will be challenged to explore our own hearts and souls in relation to areas of doubt and, by application of biblical principles, find resolution to this perennial and ubiquitous problem. The course is useful both for those who are working through uncertainty themselves and for those who are professionals assisting others in such a process.

February 27-28, 2015

Friday: 1:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00pm

7250 Patterson Ave.
Richmond, VA 23229

Cost: $95

Registration is required.  You can register here.

To learn more about Dr. Habermas, go here.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Video: The Moral Argument- Good without God?


In this featured video by Reasonable Faith the Moral Argument is explained. This video is the third in a series.  You can find the first one on the Kalam cosmological argument here.  You can find the second one on Fine-Tuning argument here.

For more videos featuring Dr. Craig, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

HT: Apologetics315

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Video: Dr. Craig Evans Discusses a First Century Fragment of Mark


In this featured video New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Evans talks about a first century fragment of Mark that has been uncovered.

You can read about this find here.  Exciting stuff!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Article: Do Atheists Lack Belief in God? by Greg Koukl

These days it has become popular for atheists to claim they "lack belief in God" instead of the traditional view that an atheist is one who does not believe God exists.

Greg Koukl writes:

"Some atheists think they escape the burden of proof by claiming they lack belief rather than have a belief there is no God.  Yes, there is a difference between non-belief and unbelief, but there is no refuge here for the atheist." 

Checkout how Koukl deals with this common claim here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Monday, January 19, 2015

It Is Still the Central Question

Yesterday I had the opportunity to present the pro-life case at New Hope Alliance Church.  I am always grateful to God for being able to pass on to others the knowledge I have gained and glad to hear from them that it has encouraged them in their pro-life convictions and that they can tell me specific ways in which they will be able to apply what they have learned.

During the question and answer session, a lady from the church spoke of a conversation she had with another lady on the street who was objecting to the pro-life position on the grounds that making abortion legal decreases illegal activity. The legalization of marijuana was then provided as an example.

I pointed out that, yes, legalizing an activity does decrease illegal activity. The activity is no longer illegal! However, my colleague Chad Gross pointed out afterward that comparing legalizing the use of an herb to legalizing the killing of innocent human beings is totally disproportionate.

The question, "What is the unborn?", is still the central question.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase   

Sunday, January 18, 2015