Apologetics- Chapter 5
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What problem does the author point out with regard to the "New Atheism"?
Why believe in God, when this cannot be proved with absolute certainty?
What's the problem with "proof"?
"Proof" turns out to be limited to a very narrow category of statements, such as: 2+2=4, the whole is greater than the part, the chemical formula for water is H20
When it comes to the life of the mind, what is a "fiduciary commitment"?
Trusting in what you believe without any fundamental proof.
"There is a world of difference between ____________ and ______________."
Rational acceptance; personal transformation
What was Lewis' greatest achievement, according to Austin Farrer?
Lewis's great achievement, according to Farrer, was to demonstrate the reasonableness of faith in a way that facilitated its cultural acceptance.
What does it mean to demonstrate the "reasonableness of faith"?
To demonstrate the reasonableness of faith does not mean proving every article of faith. Rather, it means being able to demonstrate that there are good grounds for believing those articles are trustworthy and reliable.
What does John Polkinghorne note that belief in God offers?
Polkinghorne notes that belief in God offers an explanation of "metatheoretical" questions- beliefs on which science is obliged to depend but cannot itself demonstrate to be true.
How does the third type of scientific explanation resonate with the Christian faith?
For Augustine of Hippo, God was like an intellectual sun illuminating the landscape of reality, allowing us to see its deep structures and to figure out our own place within them.
In the metanarrative of the New Atheists, what is religion? What does it represent?
That of the former enslavement of humanity to primitive superstitions. Religion has made an expected and unwelcome comeback.
What does it mean to have a "Christian mind" or the "mind of Christ"?
A "Christian mind" is a distinctive mindset, a way of thinking shaped and nourished by the Christian faith. It is about allowing the light of Christ to shine upon our intellects, so that the transforming power of God's grace might renew our minds as well as our souls.
Who is John Lennox?
What was the original context of the statement "always be ready to give an answer..."?
One of fear. Letting people not be afraid to answer.
Faith in God and science are not __________.
According to some atheists, faith is belief without _________.
Believing where there is no evidence is very _________.
Faith is _______ to science.
The history of science bears witness to the importance of the Biblical worldview for the rise of _______.
What do we usually call created gods?
The universe is not _______, it's derivative.
What was Peter's antidote to fear?
To sanctify in your hearts that Jesus is Lord.