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Oct
22

The Existence of God

The Existence of God The Bible does not try to prove the existence of God. It simply presupposes it. The existence of God is not dependent upon our belief. God either exists, or He does not. You can neither prove, nor disprove the existence of God. Whether or not we believe in God depends upon our response to the evidence we have been given. Romans 1 tells us that God has given us ALL the information we need to believe that God exists from the created universe (General Revelation). So why then do people reject the idea of God? The problem is NOT that they don’t have enough evidence, the problem is that their hearts are hard and they do not want to submit to God’s rule and authority in their lives. This is the main problem with the skeptic. He is not unconvinced primarily because of his mind, but rather his will is in rebellion. Moving someone from the position of Hard Atheist, to Strong Agnostic is useful because it essentially removes an element of stubbornness, and puts the conversation on a more humble footing, where it belongs. The decision to accept the existence of God is not based on Omniscient knowledge, but rather on reasonable certainty, based on the evidence God has provided. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal, LLC. He is the Site Editor of...
Jul
25

“Does God Exist?” — A Debate: Christopher Hitchens vs. Frank Turek

Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great, was one of the most formidable opponents of Theism on the planet. Frank Turek, co-author of the book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (one of the best books I’ve read on the existence of God) is Hitchen’s sparring partner in this debate. It is hard for me to be objective in declaring who won the debate because Turek’s ideas make so much more sense to me than Hitchens. However, I have to say that while Hitchens dodged many of Turek’s very direct questions, even in his avoidance he appears to be brilliant and clever. Even when you disagree with Hitchens, you can’t help but like his sarcastic (almost apathetic) wit and pithy humor. (Personally, I think even if Hitchens was a complete idiot –which he certainly was not!– he would still SOUND smart with that phenomenal and perfectly accentuated British voice!) In this debate you will hear Turek trying to nail Hitchens to the wall on Intelligent Design, Morality, and other evidence for Theism. You will also hear Hitchens largely ignoring those arguments and giving compelling reasons why he doesn’t like God, the notion of God, Religion, Christians, Imposed Morality and more. This is a worthy debate between worthy opponents, and I hope you find it to be instructive and benefitial. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker who serves the Lord at Wisdom’s Gate...
Feb
9

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Book Review)

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Book Review) I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek,  is a modern-day Christian apologetics classic. I have to place this book in the top ten books written so far on regarding understanding a Christian philosophy of of all of life. This is a very linear, comprehensive work that seeks to answer the major questions of life and religion. The book begins with Epistemology and the fact that truth can be known. It then moves to Cosmology and addresses the origins of the universe. It addresses the questions of morality, the existence of miracles and the supernatural, the historicity of Jesus Christ and His claims to divinity, the compilation and canonization of the New Testament texts, the bodily resurrection of Christ, and includes some good appendix chapters that address things like “If God, Why Evil?” and “Isn’t That Just Your Interpretation?” Another outline could be: Origin:Where Did We Come From? Identity: Who Are We? Meaning: Why Are We Here? Morality: How Should We Live? Destiny: Where Are We Going? To give you an idea of the general acceptance of the overall soundness of this book, it is endorsed by: Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, Phillip E. Johnson, Cal Thomas, William A. Dembski, Hank Hanegraaf, John Ankerberg & J. Buudziszeski. 448 pages. On a scale of 1-5, I’d give this a 4.5 overall. Review by Israel...
Jun
24

“Values?” or “Morals?” Which is it?

“Values?” or “Morals?” Which is it? Ravi Zacharias has pointed out, and it is interesting to note, that it was Friedrich Nietzsche, the avowed Atheist and God-hater, who is responsible for the cultural shift in using the term “Values” instead of “Morals.” We hear about about “Family Values” or “Voter Values.” Really though, a “Value” is simply something that is important to us…what we “value.” Values are personal and subjective (like what flavor of ice cream we prefer). A moral, on the other hand, implies a Moral Law, and that implies a Moral Law-Giver (i.e. God). Morals are transcendent and timeless. They are truths that are true for all people, in all place, at all times. They impose themselves on others. Thus it is vogue to speak of “Values,” but not of “Morals,” in our day and age. To understand how Neitzsche and other important atheists were able to cause a shift in our vocabulary, and our view of God, ethics and politics, get a copy of Ravi’s excellent book, The Real Face of Atheism. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal, LLC. He is also the Site Editor for www.ChristianWorldview.net....
May
13

“The End of Reason” by Ravi Zacharias (Re: Sam Harris)

One of the great things about a bus ride (or flight)…okay probably the ONLY good thing about a bus ride, is that it gives me some time to read books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while.  I started The End of Reason by Ravi Zacharias a long time ago, and just haven’t had time to finish it. Well today, I won. In order to understand the book, you first need to know a little something about the guys who some call “The New Atheists,” or the “Four Horsemen of Atheism”: Clinton Richard Dawkins (evolutionary biologist) Daniel Clement Dennett (cognitive scientist) Sam Harris (neuroscientist and philosopher) Christopher Eric Hitchens (journalist) These guys have taken Atheism and tried to make it as chic as a Starbucks Mocha Latte. This book is a specific critique of Sam Harris‘ NY Times Best-Seller: Letter to a Christian Nation. Now if you know anything about Ravi (I’m a huge fan and have read everything the man has ever written, except for his newest book, which is on my nightstand), you know that Ravi is a very kind and gracious man. He is ever the gentleman in every setting. HOWEVER, in this book, you see a rare side of Ravi that reminds you of what an intellectual powerhouse he is. Almost as though he is forced into it out of sheer moral obligation, Ravi straps on the proverbial boxing gloves and goes 15 rounds with Harris without ever seeming to break a sweat.  With razor-sharp logic, and penetrating critique, Ravi simply shreds the many fallacious arguments in Harris’ approach to Atheistic Apologetics. Now mind you, he is still civil, respectful and completely Christian in his approach, no ad hominem attacks or personal viciousness. The main point of Ravi’s assault on The New Atheism focuses on the impossibility of Atheism to provide an Objective Moral Framework for Ethics. For all the moralizing that Atheists do: Blaming Christians for the Holocaust, Blaming Christians for the Crusades, Blaming Christians for Colonization, Blaming Christians for Slavery, etc., etc., their philosophical system cannot account for such definitive “right and wrong” categories. As Richard Dawkins himself once admitted, Science may be able to tell us “what something is,” but it cannot tell us if something is right or wrong. This is a reductionistic way of saying it, but if we all came from a rock, you can’t get good and bad from a rock. Or as some philosophers have...

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