In our Philosophy/Science/Religion series 

 

How can a person gain knowledge beyond science and accepting our 5 axioms*?

 

Well…there’s the God issue

 

Ready for that? If so, I’ve read a Kindle-friendly volume twice written by 35 scholars who can briefly address disturbing questions you might have puzzled about…as well as provide some more questions for your “list”…

 

[If you're ready, take off your shoes and tiptoe through the DOOR.]

 

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The book–  Evidence for GOD: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science **

 

(taken from Amazon)

 

“In the spring semester of 2003, Derrick McCarson enrolled in ‘Introduction to the New Testament’ at the University of North Carolina. On the first day of this 500-student class the professor, Bart Ehrman walked in and started abruptly, ‘How many Bible-believing Christians do we have in the auditorium today?’…After about a half dozen students raised their hands, Ehrman said, ‘That’s good.  It looks like we have a few Christians here today.  Welcome to Intro to the New Testament.  My goal this semester will be to change everything you Christians think you know about the Bible and Jesus.’ ”* (from the book intro)

 

CAN A RATIONAL PERSON TAKE THE BIBLE  SERIOUSLY?

AND GOD?

 

If you’re an egghead (or others think you are), and you buy or borrow this book, skim the bios of the contributors first. 

Then skim the table of contents, half of which I’ll give you here.

–Pause–

[You may have noted in our philosophy/science/religion series, we've said little directly about religion. Though ancient holy books walk side by side with different kinds of philosophy, nearly all differ with, or ignore, the picture of reality presented by modern science, such as we've previously discussed. The Old and New Testaments of the Bible stand alone as an exception. Using pre-scientific language, of course, the Bible, written by at least 40 people more than 2000 years ago, stands ready to be examined alongside the latest findings of modern science.

"Take the Bible seriously?!"  A library of books, many written by scientists and philosophers, say yes.

"And what have those from other religions written about science and their holy writings?" you might ask.

"Nothing that we've found ***...]

 

 

Should Christians today consider what some insist is preposterous superstition?

 

Here are one-half of the chapter titles to tempt you to try:

 

* The Cosmological Argument

* The Moral Argument for God’s Existence

* Naturalism: A Worldview

* Suffering for What?

* God, Suffering, and Santa Claus: An Examination of the Explanatory Power of Theism and Atheism

* Creator and Sustainer: God’s Essential Role in the Universe

* The Origin of Life

* What Every High School Student Should Know about Science

* Darwin’s Battleship: Status Report on the Leaks This Ship has Sprung

* How Darwinism Dumbs Us Down

* Limits to Evolvability

*Intelligent Design: A Brief Introduction

* Molecular Biology’s New Paradigm: Nanoengineering Inside the Cell

* The Vice Strategy: Squeezing the Truth Out of Darwinists

* Did Jesus Really Exist?

* The Credibility of Jesus’s Miracles

* The Son of God

* The Empty Tomb of Jesus

* Is Jesus the Only Way?

* Did Paul Invent Christianity?

* Is the Bible Today What Was Originally Written?

* Inerrancy and the Text of the New Testament:  Assessing the Logic of the Agnostic View

* Archaeology and the Bible: How Archaeological Findings Have Enhanced the Credibility of the Bible

* The New Testament Canon

* What Should We Think about the Gospel of Judas?

 

If these don’t intrigue or bewilder you, read no further.

 

But if they do, then buy the (electronic) book.  You can be reading it within minutes. First, as I said, go to the list of contributors and examine what they’ve done and where they come from.  Many, in addition to having a strong Biblical faith, have several graduate degrees (some with two earned doctorates); and they come from some of the best schools in the world.  This is no choir of fundamentalists who’ve exchanged honorary doctorates with each other.

 

The 35 scholars writing here share many common Christian beliefs often “automatically” rejected by many of their atheistic, or agnostic, colleagues who refuse to step beyond the framework of Naturalism (see the third chapter cited above).  These beliefs include the probabilities of the existence of a transcendent personal God who was creator and is sustainer of all that is; a historical Jesus who lived, died, and literally rose again from the dead; the divine inspiration, reliability, and uniqueness of the Bible; as well as accepting the importance of many recent findings of modern science—especially the Big Bang Theory of beginnings, the development of nanotechnology, and the increasing recognition of the failure of Darwinism (mutation and chance acting alone) to account for the observed record of significant changes in living organisms over the years.

 

Further, from the first sentences, these brief articles are written with broad strokes and are very readable for many who visit this website.  I’ve read them all very carefully–twice.

 

My recommendation for the willing is to (1) buy a Kindle (or other) ebook version, and (2) engage in a 100-day devotional adventure going through this book chapter by chapter, spending, say, two days on each one, making notes as you go.  Call it “Apologetics 101.”

 

I did.

 

Starting each day with such a private encounter may open your mind and enrich your faith.

 

If you do this, let us know.

 

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Notes

* Go to {17} in our search rectangle in the upper left column. Type it in exactly that way using “braces.” Select the 4th choice there, ‘Starting at 0.”

** William A. Dembski & Michael R. Licona, Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science. Baker, 2010, p.11 [loc. 50, Kindle].  This is from the Introduction of the book that’s the subject of this article. Bart Ehrman was a “fundamentalist” who attended Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College. He later rejected his Christian faith because of discovering so much evil in the world.

*** I have in my possession a thick hardback Muslim Atlas of Creation by Harun Yahya, but this builds upon the Christian Old Testament (or Jewish Bible) which Muslims also consider important. I also have In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton (Harcourt, 1988). This book, which was an Honor Book for the 1989 John Newbery Medal, is an excellent way to sample the different mythic traditions from around the world–and which reflect different world religions. Though in story form, these intriguing stories (except for the Genesis inclusion) in no way complement the growing narrative of origins and other explanations provided by modern science.