In 2002 Scientific American published a lengthy article challenging numerous, supposedly ‘popular’ creationist arguments. But are the arguments really the best ones he could find? And how well do his responses stand up to the challenge?
What is atheism?
If you ask an atheist this question most often they will carefully explain to you that atheism is ‘a lack of belief in God’.
They’re very sensitive about this.
A lack of belief is not the same thing as non-belief. To claim God ‘does not exist’ is an absolute statement, and one which is virtually impossible to prove deductively.
So the atheist will simply say they ‘lack belief’ and will say this is mostly because of a ‘lack of sufficient evidence’ (agnosticism).
Some atheists are happy to flat-out deny the existence of God and explicitly deny He exists, but most do not.
In practise however, virtually all atheists live life as if God does not exist and harbour a characteristic antagonism towards religious belief.
Have you heard of Natasha Crain?
She’s the author of an excellent blog dedicated to empowering Christian parents to raise their kids with a good, solid foundation in Christian apologetics.
Mrs Crain has a great blog and has written some great articles about everything from how to teach your kids to think critically, to the potential warning signs and consequences of raising your kids on a watered down faith.
A lot of people assume teaching their kids apologetics would involve some kind of formal event: Dad comes home from work with his suit and briefcase, loosens the tie (only slightly), then sternly gathers the children and announces, “Kids, it’s time to talk about…apologetics… but it doesn’t have to be like this!” – Natasha Crain
It’s a brilliant blog, which makes mine look like a cheap soap-box. It has a lot of really great, readable information and some of the big hitters in apologetics such as Dr J Warner Wallace for example have openly endorsed and featured her work.
Scanning through Mrs Crain’s posts I stumbled upon this one:
I’m very interested to know where other Christian’s, especially big hot-shot apologists, stand on evolution. How you see Genesis, and the relationship between the Bible and science says a lot about how you view scripture, in my experience. So naturally I was intrigued to get some insight into one of my new favourite bloggers’ perspective on this vital issue.
Editors note: In my last post I took issue with yet another random internet thing I found, and explained what was wrong with it. This post I thought I would go on the offensive. This post is my own little random internet thing, please enjoy.
Atheists claim the intellectual high ground. Atheism is not shackled by the crushing bonds of outdated superstition and religious nonsense. Atheists are clever, sensible people who believe in science, and trust the evidence.
Atheists don’t have blind faith, this is just for silly fundamentalist Christians and creationists.
Or so they would like you to think.
The truth is atheists claim to believe in science, but they actually believe…
So I came across yet another anonymous placard and my knee jerk reaction was to write another point-by-point response to its nonsense.
Except that most points have a similar theme and are, to some extent, true (not all of them). The points on this list, more or less, describe events recorded in the Bible.
This placard is deriding Christians simply for accepting what the Bible says is true, basically.
The reasons this post is ridiculous are a little more general.
Oh by the way here’s the placard:
What Is Creationism?
Creationism or, Biblical Creationism, states that God created the world from nothing in six days as stated in Genesis chapter 1.
According to Christians the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, the one and only God who exists outside of time (because He created time).
Of course it’s no secret that within Christianity there are many different interpretations of the Bible and what it says.
But in general if you’re a Christian then, hopefully, you believe the Bible is true.
That means the whole Bible, including the very first part. This should not really be a particularly controversial thing right?
What’s wrong with Christians believing in their own Bible?
Did you grow up in church?
Do you ever doubt your faith, or wonder if you could be getting it all wrong?
The prodigal son is truly the exception to the rule today.
The heartbreaking reality is that the church is in decline. More importantly, it’s the youngest generations that are turning their backs the fastest. Something like 59% of youth, raised in the church, will leave and never come back.
Why is this?
What the hell is going on?
I mean we have bright fancy lights and loud music. We have trendy pastors who wear ripped jeans and printed tee’s right? What more do these kids want?
Maybe the church is simply becoming less ‘relevant’. Maybe they are learning the ‘truth’ at school and university. Maybe it’s social media and the ‘fake news’.
Or is it something simpler?
As usual, I think the Bible can give us some clues as to why this might be happening.
“I don’t believe in God, or religion, or any of that stuff because there’s no evidence for God!”
How many times have you heard that one?
Well, that’s about all the introduction that today’s post needs. Here are five powerful pieces of evidence to believe in the Christian God.
A while back I published an article 10 signs you’re an unquestioning Christian (Debunked). I thought it was time I did some more house cleaning.