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May 31, 2007

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I'll have to read all this when I get home.

But the thought came to me, as it always does when I hear things of this sort - what can we do about it? How can we educate people in churches? I am especially concerned about kids who grow up in the church but perhaps aren't taught how to defend their faith. If they make it through high school, they will be ripped apart in college. (I know the statistics are high of kids who completely turn away from any Christian teaching once they get to college.)

It's not an issue of not having access to information. It is there, it is available. What is lacking is motivation.

I realize that's why STR exists. But aside from pointing people here, what else can be done? Most people these days don't even like to read in general.

We are bombarded 24/7 with information (on a zillion different topics) much of it false. We cannot be neutral. We think we can ignore it, but it influences us in very subtle ways.

It's a battle, and we need to be fighting back just as hard.

"But aside from pointing people here, what else can be done? Most people these days don't even like to read in general."

I'm seeing more and more youth workers saying that, when given reasons for what we believe, teenagers soak it up like a sponge. What we have to do is 1) stop telling kids to "just believe" and 2) stop assuming the kids don't care. Some -won't- care, but we should try to tell them anyway.

Maybe a #3 - perhaps the pulpit sermon can occasionally veer away from the traditional "how to live out this scripture on Monday" to "why we believe this scripture/idea is true."

"In addition to the books listed, I would highly recommend Reinventing Jesus by J. Ed Komoszewski,
James Sawyer, and Daniel B. Wallace. Like the other books
mentioned, Reinventing Jesus provides a clear critique
of the “modern, progressive scholarship which
undermines the Bible.” The book challenges both
skeptics and believers to make informed, educated
decisions about Jesus based upon the historical
evidence. By examining critical aspects of church
history, textual criticism, pagan literature, and
contemporary Jesus studies, the authors are able to
make a detailed, yet highly readable argument for the
reliability of the New Testament documents and the
divinity of Jesus. Reinventing Jesus serves as a
shining example that respect for historical accuracy
and faithfulness to the biblical text are not mutually
exclusive. The depth and breadth of the research
dispenses with the notion that those who affirm the
truth of the New Testament are anti-intellectual. At
the same time, it is clear that the ultimate end of
the critical analysis is to show that the Jesus of
history is the Christ of faith. I think that many will find this text to be a challenging and rewarding read.

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