A Powerful Apologetic Method: ABDUCTIVE Reasoning!

"What in the world is 'Abductive Reasoing'?" Well, abductive reasoning is employed by crime scene detectives, car mechanics, and your medical doctor.  Abductive reasoning is when you look at all the known facts, and seek to form the best explanation to explain the data.  Abductive reasoning seeks to find the "inference to the best explanation" for the known facts.   

This is a vital way of thinking and investigating that all serious Christians should be engaged in....

 - Pastor J. 

SCIENCE & SCRIPTURES: Friends or Foes?

Is Contemporary Science Opposed to Belief in the Christian God?

Have Scientific Discoveries made the concept of "God" meaningless?

(pt 3) This is the third and final installment of our newest argument for God's existence, the Kalam Cosmological Argument. This is surely one of the most interesting and widely used cosmological arguments today, popularized primarily by Dr. William Lane Craig. 

In this argument, we seek to discover if the universe had a cause, and if so, what the nature of that cause would have to be like. This is a fascinating argument, and has enjoyed much usage from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian theists for over 1,000 years.

The Kalam Cosmological argument is simply this:

1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause.

2. The universe began to exist.

3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.

Does it make sense? Is it a logically airtight argument, or does it contain hidden fallacies? Let's find out...

Remember, strive to develop an Intelligent Faith! (Mt 22:37)

- Pastor J. 

Series: "The Case for a Creator, Where Science meets Faith"

I am all in favor of a dialogue between science and religion, but not a constructive dialogue. One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for an intelligent person to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment. Physicist Steven Weinberg,

Science and religion . . . are friends, not foes, in the common quest for knowledge. Some people may find this surprising, for there’s a feeling throughout our society that religious belief is outmoded, or downright impossible, in a scientific age. I don’t agree. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if people in this so-called “scientific age” knew a bit more about science than many of them actually do, they’d find it easier to share my view. Physicist and theologian John Polkinghorne

Take a good look at the statements above, both me are Physicists. One interprets the evidence with his atheist believes, the other with his theologian believes. Both men are looking at the same evidence, the question is not is one man smarter than the other, the real question is how do you interpret the evidence objectively. What do you base your opinion on? Popular opinion, who speaks the loudest or do you look at the evidence objectively from both sides?

Allan Rex Sandage, one-time protégé to legendary astronomer Edwin Hubble, was a well respected cosmologist. At a conference of science and religion in Dallas in 1985, there was no doubt at what side he will be sitting. He has been an atheist all his life. Then the unexpected happened. Sandage set the room abuzz by turning and taking a chair among the theists. Even more shocking to a lot of people is that he declared publicly that he became a Christian at age 50.
The Big Bang, he told the rapt audience, was a supernatural event that cannot be explained within the realm of physics as we know it. Science had taken us to the First Event, but it can’t take us further to the First Cause. The sudden emergence of matter, space, time, and energy pointed to the need for some kind of transcendence.

 “It was my science that drove me to the conclusion that the world is much more complicated than can be explained by science, he would later tell a reporter.It was only through the supernatural that I can understand the mystery of existence.”

In the same conference, Dean Kenyon, a biophysicist from San Francisco State University, stepped to the podium and actually repudiated the conclusions of his own book, declaring that he had come to the point where he was critical of all naturalistic theories of origins. Due to the immense molecular complexity of the cell and the information-bearing properties of DNA, Kenyon now believed that the best evidence pointed toward a designer of life. Specialists at the highest levels of achievement said they were theists—not in spite of the scientific evidence but because of it. As Sandage would say, “Many scientists are now driven to faith by their very work.”

These are just a few examples of some Scientists that came to the conclusion that there must have been an intelligent designer. Some become Christian, some just theist, but its a step in the right direction.

God bless you guys, and remember..... Have an  Intelligent Faith!!