In the book Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller tells the story of a terrible evangelistic idea that turned out surprisingly well. The setting: Reed University, a private liberal arts college in Portland where Miller and his ragtag band of Christian friends met. One day he jokingly suggested that they build a confession booth to reach the lost on campus—a booth where students would come and confess their sins. His friends took him seriously.
In my recent article series, I’ve argued that without God, there can be no ultimate justification for reason, science, or morality. In this article, I want to be crystal clear about my argument. I am not arguing that people with a godless worldview are unreasoning, can’t do science, and can’t have good morals. I’m arguing that atheists have to borrow from God in order to justify the use of their reason, science, and morality. Continue reading Borrowing from God
The final deathblow to the godless worldview is that without God, there is no ultimate justification for morality. In a godless universe, we descended from fish through unguided, unintelligent, purposeless biochemical reactions. In that worldview, morality is meaningless because morality doesn’t come from chemistry. You can’t get concepts like right, wrong, ought, and should from cells bumping into each other. Continue reading Addressing People’s Worldview part 3 – No Morality without God
In order to defend our faith, we have to tear down godless worldviews. Without God, it’s impossible to make sense of our world. In the last article, I shared stage one of Operation Worldview Destruction; without God there is no ultimate justification for reason and knowledge. In stage two, we need to demonstrate that without God, there is no ultimate justification for doing science. Continue reading Addressing People’s Worldview – part 2 – No Science without God
Traditional apologetics gives us problems because people re-interpret evidence based on their worldview (see previous post). In order for evidence to work, we must address people’s worldview. Our worldview is our basic view of the world; how we got here, why we’re here, and how we know what we know. The apostle Paul addressed the issue of worldview in 2 Corinthians 10:5. Continue reading Addressing People’s Worldview – part 1 – No Reason or Knowledge without God
1 Peter 3:15 says “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
The word “defense” in the Greek is “apologia.” Christian apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith. The traditional approach to apologetics is to lay out various evidences in hopes people will conclude God is real and submit to Jesus. Here are 3 problems with that approach: Continue reading The Problem with Traditional Apologetics
Charles Peace was a famous 19th-century English burglar and murderer who had no regard for the laws of God or man. Through crafty disguise, he managed to evade the police for years. Eventually, they caught up with him, and he was put on trial and condemned to death by hanging at Armley Jail in Leeds. Continue reading What Would You Do to Save a Single Soul?