Invitation Part 10: The Hiddenness of God 2

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In my last post I asked the question of whether God’s two main forms of revelation — general and special — make God sufficiently obvious, to the point where you couldn’t miss him.General revelation, as you’ll recall, is God’s self-disclosure in nature and conscience. Special revelation is his disclosure through Christ and the Scriptures. The skeptic, however, can explain away these supposed …

Invitation Part 9: The Hiddenness of God 1

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A religious skeptic at a state school in the midwest asked me this question: Why doesn’t God make himself more obvious? The skeptic went on to note the seriousness of the issue: If the Christian God is real, believers will inherit heaven, unbelievers eternal, torturous hell. In light of the high stakes involved, a truly loving God would make himself …

Invitation Part 8: A Suggestion for Seekers and Skeptics

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The obvious danger in making a “suggestion” to seekers and skeptics is that I’m biased toward the Christian faith and will shape my comments in that direction. I acknowledge this predilection. In fact, it’s from the distinct vantage point of being a Christian for three-and-a-half decades that I offer this suggestion: Engage with the Best  My own goal in dealing …

Invitation Part 7: How to Talk with Skeptics

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Here in week 7, I’d like to pause and offer a suggestion to Christians for their interactions with skeptics. Next week, I’ll offer suggestions for skeptics and seekers of God. To Christians: Make modest claims.At two campuses in the midwest recently, I spoke with atheist students. I was reminded that any hint of exaggerated claims such as “overwhelming evidence” or “proof” …

Invitation Part 6: Bible Corruption?

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The Telephone Game  One of the objections I hear on college campuses about the Bible is that it’s been corrupted over the centuries due to copy and translation errors. An analogy often used is the telephone game: A group of people whisper a certain phrase around a circle, corrupting the phrase further with each succeeding “transmission,” the end result sounding …

Invitation Part 5: Embarrassing Material

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I want to pause and say thanks if you if you’ve been following along in these blogs but don’t think of yourself as a Christian. I truly hope they are helpful to your spiritual journey. This is part 5 of my series of short arguments for the historical Jesus. *************** This week: Embarrassing Material In higher education they say that …

Invitation Part 4: Differences in the Gospels

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Years ago when I first heard the argument from “differences,” I was quite surprised. The argument says that certain levels of difference between the four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life actually lend credibility to the overall story. Certain levels. Not too much; not too little. Big differences would be bad. What’s big? If one account said Jesus rose from the …

Invitation Part 3: The New Testament

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Last week I mentioned that, historically speaking, it’s highly unlikely that Jesus’ followers fabricated his divinity. More likely, they discovered the Son of God in their midst.********* This week, a simple argument: Palestinian Jews and their close associates were eyewitnesses of the Son of God, and they recorded their observations. They wrote down what they saw and experienced. That’s our New Testament.Catholic historian …

Part 2: An Invitation to Talk

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Hi again. This post is written to seekers of God who are looking for reasons to back up their emerging faith. It’s also written to skeptics who peer into the Christian camp and seem to see only blind faith. My hope is to offer a small but reasonable argument that will put the question of the historical Jesus into perspective. …