"Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning."
"The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly."
"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."
"Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail, nor reason."
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
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"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." CS Lewis
Several months ago someone posted a response to one of Resistance Thinking's articles that had been reposted by an acquaintance of Facebook. After throwing several arguments at me this poster finally linked to another page that best described her views as a “Christian”. This page was titled Unfundamentalist Christian and is the spawn of author John Shore. In order to best understand the views of the person challenging me I delved deeper into both websites and was shocked by a set of fourteen “creeds” that appeared on the Facebook website. Below I wish to discuss some of the more concerning foundations of Unfundamentalist Christian:
4. “The Biblical scholarship supporting the idea that Paul never wrote a word condemning natural homosexuality is more credible and persuasive than is the scholarship claiming that he did.”
The view that Paul never wrote a word condemning natural homosexuality is wishful thinking. It is perpetuated by those who would see key Scriptural verses stripped of their proper contextual meaning. The fact that no evidence is actually presented is damning. No doubt the writer of this particular tenant needed little persuading.
Next Friday night will see Christian apologist William Lane Craig debate staunch atheist “funny-guy” Laurence Krauss. Now I have not promoted this debate on Resistance Thinking, and don't think of this article as any sort of promotion. The reason why I have not promoted this event is my concern for the manner and emphasis that WLC places on analytic philosophy and his resulting diminishing opinion of Scripture.
Take WLC comments on young earth creationism. In this podcast he says: “Over 50% of evangelical pastors think that the world is less than 10,000 years old. Now when you think about that, Kevin, that is just hugely embarrassing. That over half of our ministers really believe that the universe is only around 10,000 years old. This is scientifically, it's nonsense and yet this is the view that the majority of our pastor's hold. It's really quite shocking when you think about it.....”
Now I've written articles on the age of the earth before and I don't want to cover old ground by rehashing this topic. However, this demonstrates the scorn that WLC has for those who would hold Scripture as the highest authority. Sure, he may ramble on about the appropriateness of biblical hermeneutics, yet there is a clear disconnect between what he is saying and what he is actually doing.
So the widely popular, and very lovely, modern hymn In Christ Alone has been rejected by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as part of what is classified “congregational songs”. Here is why: “Recently, the wrath of God became a point of controversy in the decision of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song to exclude from its new hymnal the much-loved song “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. The Committee wanted to include this song because it is being sung in many churches, Presbyterian and otherwise, but they could not abide this line from the third stanza: “Till on that cross as Jesus died/the wrath of God was satisfied.” For this they wanted to substitute: “…as Jesus died/the love of God was magnified.” The authors of the hymn insisted on the original wording, and the Committee voted nine to six that “In Christ Alone” would not be among the eight hundred or so items in their new hymnal.”
"While America’s evangelical Christians are rightly concerned about the secular worldview’s rejection of biblical Christianity, we ought to give some urgent attention to a problem much closer to home: biblical illiteracy in the church. This scandalous problem is our own, and it’s up to us to fix it.
Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli put the problem squarely: “Americans revere the Bible — but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.” Researchers tell us that it is worse than most could imagine.
Fewer than half of all adults can name the four Gospels. Many Christians cannot identify more than two or three of the disciples. According to data from one research group, 60 percent of Americans can’t name even five of the Ten Commandments. Americans may demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in the courthouse, but they seem unable to remember what exactly they are.