Saturday, January 13, 2018

Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Muslim Converts to Christ Beg Pope Francis to Stop Deceiving Himself

Podcast: Michael Strauss Takes on Hawking and Mloldinow

Yes, Women Need Apologetics, But More Importantly, Apologetics Needs Women


New study examines the emotional aftermath of abortion: ‘I carry the pain of a child lost forever’

‘Passion of the Christ’ actor Jim Caviezel: Our culture needs ‘warriors’

Finding Faith at Folsom Prison

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Last week's edition is here.

1 comment:

Gary said...

When I tell Christians that I believe that it is it is wrong and foolish to believe any truth claim “by faith”, they complain. “You obviously don’t understand the word ‘faith’. We all use faith in many areas of our lives.”

A typical evangelical Christian’s definition of faith: Faith is trust based on past performance. It is faith in a person, not so much the claims about that person. It is based on personal knowledge of that person gained by personal experience.

Skeptic: But don’t you believe that faith is a gift from God as the Apostle Paul claims in his Epistle to the Ephesians?

Christian: Yes. The faith that leads us to personally grasp hold of the promises God made to us in Christ Jesus is something that is given to us.

Skeptic: So if we combine these two statements we have this: Faith is trust based on personal knowledge about someone (or some thing); a personal knowledge that is given to us as a gift from God.

Isn’t this statement saying that it is impossible to believe in Jesus as one’s god unless Jesus has gifted you the knowledge (about him) to believe? If that is true, what is the point of Christian apologetics? If only God can flip the switch in the human heart (brain) to believe, why do Christian apologists go to such lengths to debate evidence in an effort to convert skeptical non-believers? And why do Christian apologists accuse skeptics of being biased against “good” evidence, when what they really believe is that no amount of good evidence will ever convince the skeptic to believe in Jesus as his or her Savior? If faith is truly a gift from God, debating evidence is pointless.

So why do Christian apologists persist in doing it?

https://lutherwasnotbornagaincom.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/is-christian-apologetics-as-a-means-of-evangelization-an-oxymoron/