- Not Just Any Ol' God by Brett Kunkle: “The cosmological argument points to the beginning of the universe as evidence for God as the Great Beginner and gives us reason to think He is an all-powerful being because He can create a universe ex nihilo (out of nothing)…. Teleological or design arguments give us more information about God…. Not only does a finely tuned universe point to a Fine Tuner, but it also demonstrates care and concern for the flourishing of His creatures…. The moral argument points to God’s good character and His social nature…. If these arguments for God are successful, not only do we have powerful evidence He exists, we also have knowledge about His nature and character. He is a transcendent, necessary, and personal being. He is an intelligent agent using that intelligence to the benefit of His creation. He is a powerful being capable of amazing acts and capable of getting His messages across. He is moral in nature, a Being of incredible goodness.” (Read more)
- How Did You Come to That Conclusion? by Alan Shlemon: “The person that makes the claim bears the burden of proof. In other words, if someone offers a point of view, it’s their job to give reasons for it, not your job to defend against it. Too often, though, believers bear the burden of proof when it’s not their responsibility. They try to answer every objection that is mustered against their view. This keeps the Christian in a defensive posture the entire conversation. It also makes sharing your faith a difficult and unpleasant experience. If I felt responsible to respond to every wild objection or story that someone could spin, I’d feel hesitant to share my faith as well. It’s time to stop giving free rides and begin enforcing the burden of proof rule. Whenever someone raises an objection to your faith, ask a simple question: “How did you come to that conclusion?” This question is not a trick. It’s not unfair. You’re simply shifting the burden of proof back where it belongs – on the person who made the claim.” (Read more)
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