Conversations from Campus: Cumulative Case 2

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Last week I suggested that making a cumulative case for something is like a lawyer trying to convince a jury that a man–call him Smith–committed a certain crime. The lawyer “accumulates” small arguments and adds them together to make a persuasive case: Weapon + motive + opportunity = case made. Case proven? Probably not. Still, very convincing. Smith is most likely convicted …

Conversations from Campus: Cumulative Case 1

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The International Center, Michigan State University, dining area: We grabbed a table and set up a simple white-board sign that said “Questions about Christianity?” with my name underneath. No one in Lansing has ever heard of me. Ten InterVarsity students gathered around the table and began asking me questions. A young atheist emerged. He was sharp, courteous, unsmiling. His opener …

Character 12: Modeling What?

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William was powerful, influential, a “leader of the pack.” People revered, quoted, even feared him. You walked lightly around William because if he outed you, your days of having any status with the in crowd were numbered. William possessed an astonishing arsenal of tools for manipulating others. He was cynical, funny and volatile. His quick tongue could recast any situation …