Elevator Apologetics last post: Miracles

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I’m writing a book on apologetics. It’s a book that offers to lay people (and professionals) images and illustrations for use in everyday conversations. No special training required. This current series of blog posts is taken from the book. A publisher has a proposal from me in its que, at present. A final image, then, in this series:  Miracles are …

Elevator Apologetics part 9: An Empty Pub

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When I’m on the road visiting college campuses, students often ask me about hell. Some say they’d rather live in hell than sit around in heaven, suffering the torture of perpetual, saintly dull. In response, I’ve been offering up this image:  Hell is like an empty pub.  The promise of partying with one’s friends in hell evaporates in the illusions …

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 …

Elevator Apologetics part 3: Broken World

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This week’s image for apologetics may seem obvious and too simple. Yet, that’s precisely what makes it effective. I should know, since I use it constantly. The image is: Broken world. College students ask me why earthquakes wipe out nations. Broken world. Why a tsunami killed 250,000 people. Broken world. Why a mother or best friend was afflicted with a …

Elevator Apologetics 2: Elephant Traps

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A few weeks ago I sat in the student union of Santa Rosa Junior College with a cool young atheist (let’s just call him CYA). He told me he would never believe in God, even if God appeared to him personally. To CYA’s thinking, a supposed appearance by God would be more rationally explained by his own hallucinations than by …

Elevator Apologetics Part 1: Don’t blame the hammer.

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Starting today, a new series: apologetic material you can use in a short conversation (even on an elevator). I will try to give you a single crisp image, a kind of “go-to” card you can play in various situations. note: “Apologetics” as I am using the word means to make a case for Christian faith. First image: Don’t blame the …