Archive for the ‘Arguments for God’s Existence’ Category

debateBelow you will find part 2 of my debate with local Owensboro atheist and founder of the Owensboro Humanists, Matt White. In the previous podcast, we discussed issues of God’s existence, atheism accounting for the universe, and moral objectivity. In part 2, I answer why Christian’s live by faith and what that means. I also tackle the question of why I believe the Bible to be the Word of God. Additionally, Matt answers a question from me on how his worldview can account for free will and rationality. (more…)

debateAbout two weeks ago, I engaged in a debate with Matt White, an atheist from here in my city of Owensboro. We had dialogued in the past about numerous topics and he invited me to be a part of his podcast for the local humanist group. The debate was not really a formal debate, but more of a discussion or dialogue. We each opened by giving our story of why we believe (or disbelieve) and then we each posed three questions to the other, challenging their worldview or some aspect of it.

I want to be clear that I am did enjoy the discussion and Matt was gracious, kind, and humble in our discussion. It is always refreshing to engage in civil dialogue, even when our views are worlds apart and the implications dramatic. The audio below is for part one of the debate and covers our introductions and two questions each. Part two will be posted once I receive a copy of the audio from Matt. (more…)

fingerprint with blue backgroundOne of the goals of Christian apologetics is to look at all the different features of reality and show how they are best explained by the Christian worldview. If Christianity is true, we should expect it to make better sense of the world around us than any other competing view. For someone examining Christianity from an evidential perspective, there isn’t one single argument that offers 100% proof, but there is no such argument for any worldview. Rather, we must make a cumulative case for our worldview, a case that looks at all the pieces of the puzzle of reality. The case for Christianity gets stronger and stronger as we investigate more and more of the world around and the world within. (more…)

M31 During week 4 of the Apologetics class at PVCC, we discuss the Kalam Cosmological Argument. The argument basically goes like this:

  1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause.
  2. The universe began to exist.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.

From here, we look at would could be the cause of all space, time, matter, and energy. This cause must be be uncaused, beginningless, spaceless, timeless, immaterial, and enormously powerful. If you compare this with the Christian understanding of God, these adjectives are exact.

Check out the audio for a more detailed discussion.

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For a more in-depth discussion on the argument from infinity, check out this article.

Jordan

Blue Lit Brain

“Why naturalism fails to explain matters of the mind”

Following the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859, western culture experienced an enormous shift in its foundation of thought. Darwin proposed a purely naturalistic mechanism to account for the diversity of life on earth, eliminating the need for a deity of any sort. Beginning in the science department, it was not long before the ripple effect of naturalism infiltrated nearly every other hall of the academy. If the naturalists were correct – no god exists and the universe is nothing but matter and energy – each area of study must be rewritten on these terms, from science and philosophy to history and ethics. (more…)

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The Christian faith rests primarily on one specific historical event: the resurrection of Jesus. If the resurrection of Jesus proves to be a true fact of history, Christianity is validated. If proved false, Christians are left with an empty, useless faith. This is why the apostle Paul said, “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain . . . And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”[1] (more…)

The question of God’s existence carries with it tremendous implications for mankind. In a universe without God, life is ultimately void of meaning and purpose and the cosmos is doomed to a cold, dark, and lifeless future. Man exists as nothing more than a cosmic accident. However, if God truly exists, then the universe has meaning and purpose and man is subject to a higher authority, namely his creator. If God does exist and rational man comprises part of the created order, one would expect rational and intuitive reasons for believing in the existence of this God. So does the Christian have sufficient reason for believing in the existence of a transcendent God? Let’s briefly examine two arguments: the cosmological and moral arguments.

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