Knights of Contention: Challenges Apologetics Can’t Answer
|February 22, 2011||Posted by Anthony under apologetics, atheism, Christianity and Culture, evolution, family, General, homosexuality, intelligent design, Jesus, Knights of Contention, Love, manhood, philosophy, pro-life, scientism, Secular Humanism, spirituality, theism|
Tonight, Feb 22nd, at 9:30 p.m. CST we will host our next semi-regular “Knights of Contention” online discussion using voice, video, and chat.
The Opening Topic: The 5 Challenges Apologetics Can’t Answer.
Due to the wide scope, this conversation can go anywhere. I have summarized the 5 challenges below with links to each of the 3 parts in which I have detailed them.
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Direct link to the discussion: http://connectpro58388802.na5.acrobat.com/knightcon/
5 Challenges, with summaries
What they all have in common: the belief, or acting as though one believes, that Christianity isn’t actually real. It’s just one’s private faith. No correspondence to reality exists, or is expected. ‘Apologetics’ can’t answer them because they have more to do with attitude or obedience than facts and evidence.
Much of what passes as atheistic ‘arguments’ are actually no more than insults. However, it is often effective, because people don’t like it when other people think they are dumb… like ‘those’ people.
The atheists assume there is no God and then proceed to never find evidence for God. This raises difficulties, because there are things about existence that defy naturalistic explanations. Atheists are on the job, though, submitting ‘plausible’ naturalistic accounts for everything, and counting ‘plausible’ as ‘fact.’
While the Scriptures portray people of faith communicating their faith in a variety of ways with various effects, Jesus says that the world will know we are his disciples by how we Christians love each other. If we don’t have that, the rest of what we say is discredited, and outright unbelievable.
It is common to put aspects of our lives into different ‘boxes’ with the belief that they shouldn’t mix. The ‘religion’ box has nothing to do with the ‘science’ box has nothing to do with the ‘politics’ box, etc.
Further discrediting Christians is their blatant disregard and/or disobedience to precepts in the Scriptures regarding marriage and the family. However, the worst impact is internally, not externally. God established the family as the primary means by which the faith is transmitted from one generation to the next. If this mechanism is broken, there will be consequences.