The Problem of Evil

What's Your Filter

Date: November 9, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Casey Haase

REVIEW
Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

I. Introduction

If you could ask God one question, what would it be? According to a poll of American adults, most people would ask: Why is there pain and suffering in the world?[1]  Augustine of Hippo asked the question a similar way: “If there is a God, why is there so much evil?”

In his book reflecting on the problem of evil, C.S. Lewis summarized it this way: “’If God were good, he would wish to make His creatures perfectly happy, and if God were almighty He would be able to do what He wished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore God either lacks goodness, or power, or both.’ This is the problem of pain in its simplest form.”(The Problem of Pain)

Today, we will discuss what we philosophically call “The Problem of Evil.”

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The Existence of God

What's Your Filter

Date: November 2, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Kameron Slater

REVIEW
Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
Many people today don’t believe that God exists – either conscious rejection – but, more likely –practical rejection: people live as though the here and now is all that matters.

If you have – or anticipate having a conversation a/b the existence of God or meeting someone who asks you questions about the Existence of God – my goal today is to give you some talking points you can use when you talk with people who don’t believe in God so that you can clear up some of the roadblocks and rubble that prevent people from taking the idea of divine revelation seriously.

Today, I want to give you 6 arguments for God’s existence.  The goal is to demonstrate that believing in God is reasonable, consistent with reason, and is actually more rational than the alternative of believing in his nonexistence.

Think of these as basic tools in your toolbox – basic arguments you can use in speaking to others on this topic.

6 Arguments for the Existence of God

  1. Probability: Everyday we exercise faith, and I think it’s reasonable to have faith in the supernatural.
  1. Creation and Design: Creation by an Intelligent Designer is more intellectually plausible than creation by random chance. (Telological and Cosmological arguments).
  1. Anthropic Arguments. Things about ourselves—conscience, capacity for good and evil, yearning for eternity, religious experiences—are best explained by the existence of God.
  1. Argument from Immaterialism. The existence of love, beauty demonstrate that we do not live in a materialistic universe.
  1. Transcendental Argument. Knowledge, logic, and science, etc., are only possible because God’s existence is a precondition for all thinking and knowledge.
  1. Ontological argument. God is the being greater than which cannot be conceived.  The greatest being conceivable possesses the attribute of existence.  Therefore, God exists. 

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