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“Religion is the cause of most wars,” declared our atheist guest. A few students shot nervous glances at me, hoping I would jump in. I sat there silently, not responding, instead waiting for the students’ training to kick in. We were in Berkeley, on a mission trip with more than 60 high schoolers and staff from Upland Christian Academy. Our atheist speaker, Victor, was outlining various objections to religion. He continued, “And Christianity can be blamed for many of those wars.”
When was the last time you went to a birthday party for a dead guy? Here’s your chance. On February 12, evolutionists everywhere will gather for Darwin Day, a celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday. Darwin can’t make it, but that won’t stop the celebrations planned worldwide.
In July, I took the leaders and students of Lutheran Church and School of Messiah in Grand Junction, Colorado, to the radically different culture of Berkeley, California, on their very first apologetics mission trip. I love taking new groups on the Berkeley Mission, setting up opportunities for them to dialogue with real atheists and then watching them discover just how reasonable it is to believe in God.
According to New Atheist Sam Harris, “Faith is generally nothing more than the permission religious people give one another to believe things strongly without evidence.”* Coming from an atheist, this view is not surprising. But when it comes from believers? Recently, I heard a Christian argue, “Providing a reason for your faith is ultimately fruitless, regardless of how logical your reasons might be. Faith is believing without reasons or evidence.” Again, I’m not surprised. Disappointed, but not surprised.
Brett explains why what we believe is critical for the way we live. The truth - or what's false - affects us deeply.
Brett gives some practical advice for evangelism. Christians talk too much. At least, they feel the pressure to. In “Why I Am a Christian,” I tell students the first reason I’m a Christian is because it’s true, and that I’ve got good reasons to think so. When they hear this, students sometimes feel pressure to have all the right answers for their friends. I hear the stress in their voices when they ask, “So what should I say to my non-Christian friend?” That’s when I give them two pieces of advice.
Bertrand Russell, the most prominent atheist of the 20th century, was asked what he would say if upon death he discovered God really did exist. Russell said, “I will tell Him He just did not give me enough evidence.” Is lack of evidence the real problem for atheists? Not according to Scripture. Romans 1:18–20 tells us the problem with unbelief is not the absence of evidence but the suppression of it. Furthermore, Paul argues that suppression of the truth is done “in unrighteousness” and in verses 24 through 32, he lists the ensuing unrighteous deeds.
Mormonism demands perfection. Thankfully the God of Christianity offers true grace to our LDS friends and family.
Should a Christian freak out at the mention of evolution? Well, it depends on what someone means when they use the word. Most Christians experience a violent reaction when they even hear the word “evolution.” Alarms go off. Defenses go up. “Oh no, it’s evolution! Run for your lives!” But do we really need to freak out at the mere mention of evolution?
An atheist's request for a miracle to prove God's existence requires a careful answer. Brett offers that response. “Why won’t God heal amputees?” The question caught me by surprise. I had just finished my “Why I Am a Christian” talk at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley’s youth conference in April. After talking with a few students and leaders, a young man approached. He challenged me with this question, explaining his atheist friend had asked it earlier in the week. And he had no answer for his friend.