Is Christianity Trustworthy? Part 1: God in a Box

Rick Mattson Apologetics 0 Comments

The question of whether Christianity is trustworthy was the topic of a series of Bethel University Chapel services in the fall of 2014, St. Paul, MN (where I live). I was privileged to be one of the presenters.* In the weeks leading up to the service, I thought this to myself: Non-mandatory chapel, busy students . . . Mmm, out …

Starting Points, Part 3

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Bible 0 Comments

A critical question that penetrates to the heart of the starting-point issue (see part 1 and part 2 of the series) is this: What’s the main authority in a person’s life? If it’s Scripture, she’ll be standing on firm ground. This is my position. But if it’s culture or personal experience, the ground is constantly shifting: cultural norms are in continuous …

Starting Points, Part 2

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Atheism 0 Comments

In my last post I distinguished between two initial starting points for Christian faith: 1) God and his revelation. OR:   2) Personal religious experience. It seems to me that #2 is, in the long run, susceptible to atheism. Why? It’s the difference between covenant marriage and a more transient cohabitation arrangement (living together). One is permanent, the other provisional. …