apologetics

8) What Will We Do Without Darwin?

Could we ask a question? Does the scientific community (as you know it) still accept the theory of evolution? If not, how will we explain the “origin of the species” without Darwin? Has there been any other theory advanced lately to pick up what Darwin had tried to do (explain where we get so much and so many Precambrian life so quickly? Has anyone else advanced an idea explaining our origins? See, as a backgrounder, this article:

 

www.claremont.org/crb/article/giving-up-darwin/

 

(Thanks Tina!)

 

3) Every once-and-awhile, It Does Me Good To Remember Why We Believe

We live in a crazy, mixed-up world. It’s a world in which we can easily be swayed by every episode of Star Trek and by lectures by smart people like Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion). That’s why it’s important, every once-and-awhile, to watch something like Ravi Zacharias in this video:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e87iPHsQH1s

 

Naturally, at the end of the day, following Christ ultimately requires a person to take a “leap of faith.” But, in the face of a doubting world, isn’t it nice to make believing believable again? : )

 

6) Do Agnostics Every Try to "Convert" Us?

Joe wrote this past week, musing about the fact that, although he had encountered many agnostics over the years (those who don’t really care for God — so they decide not to make a decision about Him, exactly), none of them had ever tried to persuade him to embrace their view. This prompted him to wonder — do agnostics ever try to “convert” us to their mindset? There’s always the triple-A. You know… The Agnostic Association of America.

 

www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Agnostic-Association-of-America-AAA-128863920525400/

 

That’s about the best I could do. Anyway, Joe was thinking — they must not have very much to offer him? Anyone have any experience with being “evangelized” in this way? Take Clarence Darrow for instance: “I am an agnostic. I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.”

 

6) What if Someone Created an Apologetics Site for Children…

What would it look like? I have quite a bit better idea this week as opposed to last week. Because I’ve discovered a new site (still being developed) called “Out of the Question.” Check out their progress at…

http://www.outofthequestion.net/

Using animated movies and some great story lines, these British media types are introducing today’s youth through an entirely different set of cultural communicators. What’s your take on this site? Please share your opinion by clicking “Comment” following the app or web version of this item. Thanks in advance for participating! (And thanks to the Out of the Question development team!)

11) Looking for Evidence to Believe? Trying to convince a Friend?

Tony recently told us about…

http://focus.org.uk/

a website called, “God: New Evidence.” Produced by a group called, simply, “Focus,” the website does a great job dealing with questions such as ‘why God allows suffering,’ along with other such “big questions.” It would be a good companion to introduce a student or other friend to Jesus. If you give it a try, please share your testimony here by clicking “Comment,” following the web version of this item.

11) Excited About New Apologetics Series –

Apologetics (“Why should we believe in God”) is fundamental to reaching those who have no foundation in believing in Jesus Christ. I’m pumped about the new apologetics course at…

http://olivetreemedia.com.au/the-apologetics-series.aspx

Apparently, it will cost around $45 but can also be ‘rented’ for $3.99. I ordered item #10 “Towards Belief” and will look forward to viewing it and, I hope, using it. (Thanks Ted!!!)

14) The BackPage: “Believing is only the beginning”

I’m reading Richard Stearns’ [relatively] new book, “Unfinished.” (It’s published 2013 by Thomas Nelson. But, since we can Google a book title and author these days, do publishers and dates really matter anymore? I guess if there are multiple editions of the same book — and you’re seeking a particular edition? Anyway, I digress.) He begins at a starting point that seems so critical for today’s era: Do we really believe? And does faith matter?

Here’s my theory: It all starts with a clarion call to faith. If we don’t sort out the belief card, nothing else matters. We can’t establish the priority of the Good News. We can’t lay a foundation of absolute truth. We can’t clarify what happens after we die.

Bottom line: If we don’t share a common faith, we’re toast.

The bad news is — we can no longer assume a common faith. Take Britain for instance. As recently as 2001, 71.7% claimed to be Christian in Britain. As of the end of 2011, that number had fallen to 59.3%. By contrast, the overall number of Muslims, taken among all ages, climbed from 3% to 4.8%. True: Much of that rise was due to an influx of foreign born. [See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20675307 ] But a closer look reveals that among younger populations, the number of Muslims has now climbed to 10%! [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10062745/Christianity-declining-50pc-faster-than-thought-as-one-in-10-under-25s-is-a-Muslim.html ]

We could provide THOUSANDS of stats to support this same trend, in so many other lands that were historically Christian. My conclusion: I’m convinced that Stearns’ beginning point must become a starting point for practically everything we do. Please understand: I’m not calling his a crisis of faith. Rather, it’s a CANYON of faith. It’s empty. Void. And we’d better address it.

Your thoughts? Agree? Disagree? Just click in the comment box following the online version of this item at the link below. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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