Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
Is Christianity actually true?
Does being raised in a Christian home make Christianity true?
Does your faith make Christianity true?
Do atheists have faith?
Does it take faith to trust that blind, undirected, natural processes can explain many of things we observe in reality?
What explains reality better? Theism or atheism?
Perhaps you are already saying, “I have never thought about these issues.”
That is why I am pleased to announce that Ratio Christi Student Apologetics Alliance will be hosting an apologetics event at The Ohio State University. Dr. Frank Turek will be coming back to the campus on October 12th, 2015 to do a presentation on his book which he co-authored with Dr. Norman Geisler called I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist. Dr. Turek is also the author of the new book,Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case .
Dr. Turek is president of Cross Examined and has debated well known atheists Michael Shermer, David Silverman, and the late Christopher Hitchens.
He has been to the campus twice before and this event always draws alot of interest. The event is free and open to the public. Invite a friend!
It is important to note that Frank is a classical apologist. The classical method operates in a two-or three step process (philosophical, theistic, and evidential). Working from the vantage point of certain undeniable foundational principles, such as the laws of logic and self-existence, certain philosophical questions are addressed, such as truth, reality, meaning, and morality. Since a belief in God as creator is essential for an individual to become a Christian (Hebrews 11:6), the primary goal is to help the unbeliever understand reality untainted by false assumptions. The second step offers evidence for the existence of God, usually in the form of traditional theistic arguments and empirical data such as manuscript and archaeological evidence. I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist is an example of a classical method.
The outline of the book goes like this:
1.Truth about reality is knowable
2. Opposites cannot both be true
3. The theistic God exists
4. Miracles are possible
5. Miracles performed in connection with a truth claim are acts of God to confirm the truth of God through a messenger of God
6. The New Testament documents are reliable
7. As witnessed in the New Testament, Jesus is God incarnate
8. Jesus’ claim to divinity was proven by an unique convergence of miracles/his resurrection
9. Therefore, Jesus was God in human flesh.
10. Whatever Jesus (who is God) affirmed as true, is true
11. Jesus affirmed that the Bible is the Word of God
12. Therefore, it is true that the Bible is the Word of God
We notice in Point #1 that Geisler and Turek are aware that we are living in a somewhat post-modern culture. That is why they point to the issue that truth is knowable. As seen above, the classical apologist generally starts with the evidence for God outside the Bible and then works his way to demonstrating that such a God would want to reveal more of Himself to the human race through special revelation/ a miracle. Of course, the classical apologist knows that many faiths try to use miracles to validate the truth of their religion. Therefore, the classical apologist demonstrates that many of the miracle claims outside the Christian faith are lacking in historical/evidential support.
Here are the official details:
Location: The Ohio State University
Ohio Student Union: Grand Hall Meeting Room
Time: 7:30 pm
Date: Oct 12th, 2015
Note: Dr. Turek wil not be doing the same presentation on both nights. The first night will be on Truth, The Existence of God while the second night will be on miracles and the reliability of the New Testament. The reason it is broken up into two nights is to cover the material from his book I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist.
The Grand Hall Meeting Room holds about 500 people. I suggest getting there early. Frank will also take your questions.