Thursday, April 16, 2009

Featured Video: Evidence from Cosmology by Lee Strobel


In this brief video(5:04), journalist and apologist Lee Strobel explains why the universe requires a cause and why the God of the Bible offers the best explanation for the universe we live in.

This is a great video for the layman who has just started exploring the evidence from cosmology for the existence of God.

You can check it out here.


Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross

6 comments:

E.D. Mills said...

In this video, Lee Strobel makes some great points, two of which I especially appreciate: His comment that if an Atheist has no problem with believing that the universe is eternal than they should not have a problem with God being Eternal. It stands to reason if it is conceivable that the universe can exist without being created, than it is also conceivable God can exist without being created. The other point was in his explanation of the Big Bang Theory, how the explosion included a shower of Photons which essentially is light agrees with the Bible: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:3.

Chad said...

E.D. Mills,

Thanks for viewing the vid. I'm glad that some of the points were informative.

I also thought Strobel made some great points.

For those who are interested in a more in-depth look at the video's contents, I would recommend Strobel's book, "The Case for the Creator."

Godspeed

Randy said...

Chad, this is interesting:
http://evaluatingchristianity.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/the-case-against-lee-strobel/#more-483

Chad said...

Randy,

Hello there! Thank you for the resource and I'll check it out when time allows.

Have a great rest of the week!

Take care

Chad said...

Hello Randy,

It’s important to note that the video featured in this post deals with the basic cosmological argument(CA) for God’s existence. The link you provided doesn’t call this argument into question. In the video clip we feature here, Lee does a good job of presenting a simple, basic summary of the CA.

However, the link shared does serve to underscore the importance of checking one’s facts and sources, regardless of who is presenting them. Experts (in this case, McRay) and scholars can get it wrong.

Similarly, in “The God Delusion,” Richard Dawkins, when discussing the infamous Gnostic Gospels, claims that Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to his nephew, referred to these Gnostic texts and encouraged his nephew to read “all the histories of Christ.” Dawkins writes, “It is these additional gospels that Thomas Jefferson was referring to in his letter to his nephew…” [1]

However, the problem arises when one uncovers the fact that these documents, of which Dawkins refers, were lost in the Egyptian desert at the time Jefferson supposedly wrote, urging his nephew to read them. Here, Dawkins clearly gets it wrong.

Now, my point in highlighting this error is not to attack Dawkins’ integrity. We all make mistakes. However, if I so desired, I could point to this error as evidence that he is “deceptive” or a “liar.” I could point out that Mr. Dawkins continues his book tours in the US and speaking engagements, all the while selling this book with a clear error in it, and not publicly correcting it or requesting that the error be fixed. But I believe I would be overstating my case a great deal.

Further, would I have defeated his core argument in “The God Delusion?” Of course not.

Moreover, and I believe most importantly, this type of argument would do little to aid me in weighing the validity, or non-validity, of the arguments presented.

Surely, the Christian should be honest and forthright in the work he or she presents(I cannot stress that enough); however, at the end of the day, a person’s character (believer or non-believer) does not validate, or invalidate, the arguments they present.

Therefore, I would much rather spend my time analyzing the arguments, on a claim by claim basis, rather than tearing down one’s character and speculating about their motives that I ultimately cannot know.

I believe the Bible says it best:

“But examine everything {carefully;} hold fast to that which is good;” (1 Thess. 5:21, NASB)

Thank you Randy and have a great weekend!

Chad said...

Forgot the resource; I always do that!

1. Dawkins, The God Delusion, p. 95.

My apologies