Elevator Apologetics part 8: The Universe as a Theater for the Glory of God

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In my apologetic presentations on college campuses I portray the universe as a theater where the glory of God is put on display. But of course a theater cannot create itself. Theaters are things. Things cannot create themselves. Maybe they were formed from prior things, but then one naturally wonders where the whole series of things came from. A series …

Elevator Apologetics part 7: A Wedding Ceremony

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For many thoughtful Christians, faith comes in two stages — the evidential and the relational. Last week I wrote about the evidential stage. It is analogous to skydiving: You examine all the evidence that skydiving is safe before you take the plunge, er, leap. The relational stage of faith comes second and can be compared to a wedding ceremony: You …

Elevator Apologetics Part 6: Skydiving

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This series offers concrete images for apologetic conversations that you can put into play quickly — even on a short elevator ride. It seems to me that for many Christians, faith comes in two stages: 1. The evidential stage2. The relational stage The evidential stage is like skydiving. “Look before you leap,” is my motto. Before ever jumping out of …

Elevator Apologetics Part 5: The Bible is Dumb. So is Basketball.

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What question do I hear most often from students on college campuses? Anything about the Bible: its dubious authorship, unfairness, contradictions, oppression of women/gays/slaves, etc. Many such questions can be answered simply by interpreting the Bible correctly. How? It’s not easy. Our goal should be to understand what the biblical authors intended to say within the context of their world. That is, …

Elevator Apologetics part 4: A Royal Flush

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I’d like to share a concrete image for the design argument. You’ll remember that the argument from design says that the most plausible explanation for the appearance of order in the universe is God. This conclusion seems patently obvious to me, but . . . not to everyone. Certainly not to atheists and other skeptics, who offer a variety of …