APOLOGETICS SESSION 1
Is Being a Christian Intellectually Reasonable?
Yes! Being a Christian is intellectually reasonable. In fact, the Christian worldview is more intellectually reasonable than atheism or any other worldview.
Opening Discussion Questions
- What is apologetics?
- Why should we study apologetics?
- What is a worldview?
- What are the main questions that a worldview answers?
- Does everyone have a worldview? Explain.
- In the video, Sam says: “You shouldn’t think anything is true unless it is scientifically proven.” What is the problem with this statement?
"One who claims to be a skeptic of one set of beliefs is actually a true believer in another set of beliefs." -Phillip E Johnson
- Do you agree with this quote? Explain.
"While religion certainly requires faith, religion is not only about faith. Facts are also central to all religions because all religious worldview - including atheism - make truth claims, and many of those truth claims can be evaluated through scientific and historical investigation." -Geisler and Turek, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (page 23)
More Discussion Questions
- Would you agree that historical and scientific facts are relevant to religious faith? Explain.
- What is 'faith'? How would you define it?
- Would you agree that every worldview requires faith? Explain.
- What is the different between ‘possible doubt’ and ‘reasonable doubt’? Why is this important when considering religious truth?
- “You don’t know anything beyond possible doubt.” Do you agree? Explain.
- “I won’t believe in Christianity unless all of my questions are answered.” Is this a good approach? Explain.
There are basically three kinds of objections to Christianity:
- Intellectual Objections
- Emotional Objections
- Volitional Objections (moral restrictions)
- How would you define each of these above objections?
- What are some examples?
- Should we respond differently to people who have different objections? Explain.
The Key Question: What worldview makes the most sense of the world around me?
- What does it mean that Christianity is a ‘testable’ faith? Explain.
- Would you say that Christianity is a reasonable faith? Explain.
Keller gives us three ways that Christianity needs to satisfy us in order for our faith to remain and to grow:
- What do each of these mean?
- Which of these are you experiencing most strongly these days? Explain.
In this video, Frank Turek gives us a very brief outline of how to show that Christianity is true:
- Truth exists and can be known.
- God exists.
- Miracles are possible.
- The New Testament is historically reliable.
- Why is each of these statements above important?
- What else can you remember Frank Turek saying about each of these?
- What else stood out to you from this video?
- What stood out to you most from this session/discussion?
- Closing thoughts/comments?