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“We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.”
–Richard Lewontin, Evolutionary scientist, as quoted by J. Warner Wallace in Cold-Case Christianity

A surprisingly honest admission of bias by a scientist. Worldviews matter, people.

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Eric Adams

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Two people in a heated argument about religion when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University.

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There must be a transcendent, objective moral standard, or our claims make no sense.

“When one nation asks another to conform to some form of moral behavior, it’s not saying, “Do it our way,” it’s saying, “Do the right thing.” Our appeal to a particular behavior isn’t based solely on our collective, subjective opinion; it’s based on an appeal to objective moral values transcending our opinion. We can argue about the identity of these values, but we must accept the transcendent foundation of these moral truths if we ever hope to persuade others to embrace them. Nations may dislike one another and resist the subjective values held by other groups. That’s why we argue for the transcendent moral value of an action, rather than appealing to a subjective national opinion.”
-J. Warner Wallace

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Eric Adams

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According to various resources cited by J. Warner Wallace, any where from 60-80% of college freshmen who claim to be Christian will lose their faith by the time they’re seniors. These are sobering numbers. (1)

We could spend a lot of time exploring the reasons for this trend, but the following quote from a post by Jeff Laird illustrates an important point. When we as parents fail to engage the serious questions raised by our culture, and instead isolate our kids, rather than exposing them to those ideas in a safe environment, we’re not helping our young people develop a healthy immunity to conflicting worldviews. If they don’t see their parents wrestling with Christian answers to secular questions, they won’t be able to fend off the universal acid of atheism. We need to immunize our offspring to the caustic philosophies of our age.

“It’s critically important for our children to see that we, as believers, are not only aware of other views, but that we have considered and responded to them. It’s tragic to see so many children leave home, and their home church, only to have their first, probably catastrophic exposure to the myriad attacks against their Christian faith. No one would be surprised if a teen who had never been vaccinated contracted mumps soon after moving into a public dorm. Why should we, as Christians, be so surprised when a child, having never been exposed to conflicting ideas, assumes their parents and church never considered them?”

-Jeff Laird

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1. Wallace, J. Warner. “Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity?” Cold Case Christianity. J. Warner Wallace, 27 Sept. 2013. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

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Eric Adams
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When I was a Toolmaker in a local stamping plant, part of my duties included troubleshooting problems with the dies as they were running in the large presses. Because I had come up through the ranks the hard way, moving from press operator, to set-up, and then into the Toolroom, I had a unique skillset. I have an analytical mind, and had always had a knack for fixing things.

Part of that skillset was objectivity. When I approached a particular problem, I had to look at it fresh. Everyone around me had an opinion. Opinions are like armpits-everyone has a couple, and sometimes they stink. Even my own experience could work against me. I learned to try to be as realistic, thorough, and honest in my assessment as I could. It usually paid off.

One time in particular, every set-up man, supervisor, and even the plant manager (a mechanical engineer, no less) was gathered around a 100-ton press trying to figure out why a particular defect was happening to the parts coming off. They called for me to look at it. I was surprised they couldn’t figure it out. There were bigger brains than mine studying the problem.

I walked to the press, looked at it for a split-second, removed a bolt, ground the head down a bit, and reinstalled it. No more more defects.

Everyone turned around and looked at me. I said “what?” and went back to the shop. They had been arguing for 20 minutes about how to fix the problem.

It wasn’t that I was any smarter than those men. It’s just that I had a fresh set of eyes, I didn’t have tunnel-vision, and I had experience that helped me to be objective and intuitive.

When it comes to dealing with non-Christians, and even Christians with unexamined beliefs, you have to be objective and honest. It’s easy just to argue with someone out of a jaded presupposition. It takes discipline to listen to someone, try to understand where they’re coming from, and kept from misrepresenting their objections. Avoid tunnel-vision and bias when approaching an apologetics problem. A proper assessment of the problem will help you find the appropriate solution.

“The question is not whether or not we have ideas, opinions, or preexisting points of view; the question is whether or not we will allow these perspectives to prevent us from examining the evidence objectively.”

-J. Warner Wallace , Cold Case Christianity, pg. 28 of 290, Kindle file

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Eric Adams

Our Christian Teenagers are Inarticulate and Uninformed

Unfortunately, most of the young Christians who graduate from our youth programs and enter college are surprisingly inarticulate about their Christian beliefs. Sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Denton did an excellent job of reporting the problem in Soul Searching: The Religious Lives of American Teenagers. They discovered Christian teens have the ability to be articulate about a number of issues, but are seldom articulate when it comes to their Christian beliefs. Most could not describe simple principles and claims of Christianity, and even those who could, struggled to provide simple responses to typical skeptical objections they will surely encounter in college. Our students have not been trained with the university battlefield in view.

— J. Warner Wallace

via Why Are Young Christians Leaving the Church? It’s Simple Math | Cold Case Christianity.

 

 

Sarcasm

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Pardon me, but your sarcasm is showing…

When any point of view is caricatured, you’ve lost the argument and set an innocent strawman on fire. It’s easier to demonize an opposing voice than actually engage it.

“Those who make a case for some form of atheistic cosmology have a choice. They can examine the evidence and reason to the best inference between atheism and theism (or deism), or they can reason between atheism and Christianity. Krauss, Hawking and Stenger often choose the second approach, recognizing the additional layer of evidences demanded by Christianity. Many of their readers may, like Flew, be inclined toward a belief in God more readily if it wasn’t characterized by some sarcastic view of Christianity. When these authors choose to compare their naturalistic explanations to some cynical misrepresentation of Christianity rather than a more minimalistic characterization of theism or deism, they expose their concern related to the reasonable case for God’s existence.

I believe the evidence for God’s existence is strong, and if there were no historic theistic systems from which to choose, I would, like Flew, embrace some form of theism or deism. But we do have a history from which to draw, and if the history related to Jesus is reliable, we owe it to ourselves to examine the additional claims of Christianity.” — J. Warner Wallace

via When the Case for God Is Strong, Skeptics Attack Christianity | Cold Case Christianity.

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Erik Estrada (not)