Apologetics- Chapter 6
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How does Christianity help to make sense of the "shower of facts" with which we are bombarded?
Christianity gives us a way of bringing order and intelligibility to our many and complex observations of the natural world, human history, and personal experience. It allows us to integrate them, and see them as interconnected aspects of a greater whole.
Are beliefs that cannot be proved absolutely unreasonable? Explain.
No. When it comes to theories of life or "worldviews," the evidence available to us just isn't good enough to prove that any of them-including atheism-are right.
How did C.S. Lewis describe right and wrong? What did he mean?
Right and wrong are "clues to the meaning of the universe." A clue is something that suggests, but does not prove. Each clue builds off of the next one.
What is meant by "fine-tuning" in nature?
The term "fine-tuning" is often used to refer to the scientific realization that the values of certain fundamental cosmological constants and the character of certain initial conditions of the universe appear to have played a decisive role in bringing about the emergence of a particular kind of universe, one within which intelligent life can develop. (Conditions exist in nature for life to exist)
Fine-tuning proves nothing, but what does the observation of it demonstrate?
It proves nothing, but resonates strongly with the Christian way of thinking, fitting easily and naturally into the map of reality that emerges from the Christian faith.
What is the "wisdom literature of the Old Testament"?
Books of the Old Testament that talk about wisdom (e.g. Job, Proverbs, Psalms)
What are the limitations of the questions that the natural sciences sometimes ask?
Science depends precisely upon this "unreasonable effectiveness" of mathematics.
How does being made in the image of God provide a theological foundation for Christian apologetics?
It means we are able to use the deep human longing for truth, beauty, and goodness to help people orient themselves toward their ultimate origin and goal- the living and loving God.
What important question about morality regularly rises in debate?
Is morality dependent upon a transcendent norm or ground- such as God?
What human longing is a "deep clue to the meaning of things"? What does this mean?
Our longing for beauty. It will be utterly frustrated if we think we will find true beauty in anything that is created or finite.
"We need to help people see the world in a different way- as a ________, not a _______."
Logically, biologically, and ideologically impossible.
[like a computer]- self-defeating (If everything is the product of hard-wiring, what about the thought itself?)
Humanity is able to move outside of itself to a legitimate degree
Meaningful statements about _______, measured against the _______.
"Delusions"- fixed, _______ beliefs that are maintained despite objective ______ and logical argument to the contrary.
According to Richard Dawkins, there is no difference between God and the ___________.
Whenever you see "specified complexity," we can assume an _________ behind it.
Who presented Nietzsche's writings to Mussolini? Why?
Hitler, because they didn't believe that humanity was equal.
Jesus is Lord over all of ________ and all of _______.
Who was the "Son of Man" to 1st-Century listeners?
A triumphant figure who was coming to rule.
God is a being on ________.
On what is Ravi's love for humanity based?
What's the point of the story about the manx shearwater?
God is like the whale. We are restless until we find Him.