Evangelistic Guide; Witnessing Existence of God


In talking with a nontheist, have you ever felt like they expected you to know everything about even the most far-fetched theories—and if you didn’t, the evidence you did present was worthless?
It’s a growing problem in apologetics. Frankly, the evidence for the God of the Bible has grown so great today that nontheists are forced to appeal to what we do not know or cannot possibly know (called “nonempirical arguments”). Here are 3 tips you can start using today to reframe the discussion and avoid falling into the trap!
1. Question assumptions. The authors of a recent scientific paper declared they had shown that the universe has no beginning (and, therefore, no implied Beginner). They described the cosmic surface with “Bohmian trajectories.” They neglected to mention that Bohmian trajectories, by definition, disallow the possibility of singularities or beginnings. Their claim was based on circular reasoning. Always ask yourself: Are there unstated or unfounded assumptions here?
2. Focus on practical proof. Because of human limitations, absolute proof is simply beyond us. I have been married to Kathy for 39 years and all practical proofs demonstrate to me that she exists. Those proofs grow in number and strength every year. And yet there is still the faint possibility (mathematically) that she is a sophisticated hologram or complex illusion. Although I lack absolute proof, the practical proof is sufficient for me to commit myself to her until death. It is illogical to demand that God’s existence requires absolute proof.
3. Do an absurdity test. The question behind any theory is this: Do the processes that explain the theory become more or less rational as new evidence accumulates? Believe it or not, there are still vigorous flat-earth proponents out there. However, as our knowledge of the universe has grown, the explanations flat-earth proponents have been forced to invent have become ever more absurd. The nonempirical arguments being advanced by many nontheists today are also becoming increasingly strained to the point of absurdity.
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Blog Summary and Highlights
Early agricultural industry. Biological convergence of unrelated organisms. America’s founding fathers. At first glance, these topics have no outward similarities. This week, however, our scholars shared their insights on these issues and more to show how God’s timing, design, and hand in history displays his purpose for humanity. Check out the RTB scholar blogs for more!
Farming Revolution Simultaneously Launches in Multiple Locations” by Hugh Ross
Like a Fish Out of Water: Why I’m Skeptical of the Evolutionary Paradigm” by Fazale Rana
How a Christian Worldview Influenced America’s Founding Fathers” by Andrew Stebbins
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About Will Myers

I am an "Intelligent Design" writer who has the Christian faith. Part of my background is that I have a degree in physics, and have been inducted into the National Physics Honor Society. Sigma Pi Sigma, for life. My interest has lead me into metaphysics, farther into Christianity. Optimum metaphysics becomes religion.
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