A fascinating discussion about self esteem, and why are men often bored in church by Dr. William Lane Craig. It is interesting (though hardly surprising) that some men skip the feminized church and yet attend Dr. Craig’s Defenders Class.
This is one of the best Islam-Christianity short talks we have ever heard, in which two different concepts of God are compared and contrasted.
Dr. William Lane Craig clearly shows how the God of Islam is morally deficient, while by contrast the God of the Bible is morally perfect. This perfection is brought into focus in particular within the trinity.
This last point about the trinity is especially interesting because Muslims are often quick to attack the trinity, while Christians are often reluctant to defend the trinity before Muslims. Dr. Craig shows that, in fact, the trinity is a great asset to Christianity as a cohesive and coherent set of beliefs.
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Well, kind of. Read it here.
Stepping Up to the Plate: The Call for Community Apologists
by Greg West
World renowned philosopher William Lane Craig says that,
“It’s not just Christian scholars and pastors who need to be intellectually engaged with the issues. Christian laymen, too, need to be intellectually engaged. Our churches are filled with Christians who are idling in intellectual neutral. As Christians, their minds are going to waste. One result of this is an immature, superficial faith. People who simply ride the roller coaster of emotional experience are cheating themselves out of a deeper and richer Christian faith by neglecting the intellectual side of that faith. They know little of the riches of deep understanding of Christian truth, of the confidence inspired by the discovery that one’s faith is logical and fits the facts of experience, of the stability brought to one’s life by the conviction that one’s faith is objectively true.”
“In high school and college Christian teenagers are intellectually assaulted with every manner of non-Christian worldview coupled with an overwhelming relativism. If parents are not intellectually engaged with their faith and do not have sound arguments for Christian theism and good answers to their children’s questions, then we are in real danger of losing our youth. It’s no longer enough to teach our children simply Bible stories; they need doctrine and apologetics. It’s hard to understand how people today can risk parenthood without having studied apologetics.
Unfortunately, our churches have also largely dropped the ball in this area. It’s insufficient for youth groups and Sunday school classes to focus on entertainment and simpering devotional thoughts. We’ve got to train our kids for war. We dare not send them out to public high school and university armed with rubber swords and plastic armor. The time for playing games is past.”
The time for playing games is past indeed. The statistics tell us that 60-70% of young people who were raised as church goers wave goodbye to Christianity before hitting their mid-twenties, as did I before returning to the faith in my mid-thirties, but unlike myself, most of these ‘leavers’ will never return to the faith.
Craig is a top scholar and debater, and in this chapter presents a clear, crisp and powerful pro-life and anti-abortion argument.
We heartily recommend this highly readable book to all Christians and others interested in defending the pro-life position.
Other chapters include: Doubt, Unanswered Prayer, Failure, Suffering and Evil, Homosexuality, and Christ, the Only Way.
In recent U. S. presidential elections, the question of abortion has typically been one of the issues separating the candidates. In an effort to persuade people at the church we were attending at the time of an election to vote for the candidate who opposed abortion on demand, I put a newspaper ad on the bulletin board downstairs. It pictured a group of several little babies with the headline: “One out of every three babies conceived in the U.S. is aborted.” This tragic statistic is accurate. But a week later as I passed through the hall, I noticed that someone had written these words across the ad: “Right-wing religious propaganda.”
I was surprised at those words. Is that all there is to concern about 33 percent of conceptions ending in abortion: right-wing religious propaganda? Well, a lot of people certainly seem to think so. And that includes Christians. A friend recently showed me a letter written by a woman from our church who has since moved away. She gave six reasons for her supporting abortion:
- Murder must have a malicious motive.
- There are too many unwanted children in the world, and white couples don’t like to adopt minority children.
- The world’s population is exploding too rapidly.
- Most childless couples don’t want to have children or adopt.
- A woman’s body is her own business; it should not be a political issue.
- If people in underdeveloped nations are urged to have birth control or abortion, the same policies should apply in developed nations.
What about these arguments? Do they suffice to justify abortion on demand? Are people who oppose abortion little more than right-wing religious propagandists?
From William Lane Craig here.
When it came to the creation of the Universe, God just wasn’t necessary. This is the conclusion renowned English physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has made in his latest book with Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going,” Hawking writes. According to Hawking, the big bang was a natural event that would have happened without the help or involvement of God. Thus, Hawking and Mlodinow’s new book has made a big bang among laypeople. But what about these authors’ conclusions? How accurate are they? William Lane Craig, noted Christian philosopher and theologian, responds to Hawking and Mlodinow’s new book.
In summary, despite Hawking and Mlodinow’s vaunted assertions and constant sniping at religious belief throughout this book, there is actually genuine profit in it for religious believers, especially for those interested in natural theology. For the authors affirm and argue for the facts of an absolute beginning of time and the universe and of the apparently miraculous fine-tuning of the universe for intelligent life. Given the desperation and/or irrelevancy of their proffered answers to the questions that motivated their inquiry, their book turns out to be quite supportive of the existence of a transcendent Creator and Designer of the cosmos.
H/T to Wintery Knight.
Oregon State University (2010)
William Lane Craig, a man well endowed with reasoning and debating skills, has just returned from the land of amazing ball skills (photos here).
Craig attended two conferences and had university-level engagements with large audiences (no surprise there). In addition, five of his books are now available for Brazilian readers by way of publisher Vida Nova.
More info about the tour can be found here.
$2.99 USD on Kindle. I have read about 50% of True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism (Amazon) so far and it is excellent. It’s not too big, not too heavy, and has an excellent tone that confronts the new atheism in a respectful but intellectually rigorous manner.
The book has an accompanying website here.