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Welcome to Apologetics4all where I make the case (apologia) for the truthfulness of the Christian world view.

Christianity is true” is a very bold claim in today’s world.

This is in stark contrast to the claim that “Christianity is dangerous” as posed by the anti-theists like Christopher Hitchens in his book God is not Great – How Religion Poisons Everything.

This is also in stark contrast to the claim that “Christianity is useful” for societal cohesion, social responsibilities, and the civilizing of youth and adult converts as posed by the socially-conscious atheists like Philip Kitcher in his book Living with Darwin – Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith.

Indeed, I agree with Kitcher that Christianity is incredibly useful in more ways than he details. But I cannot agree that it is merely useful. It is much more. In fact, the Christian world view does not leave mere utility as an option to its adherents.

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My friend and fellow Christian apologist J. Warner Wallace’s blog.

Why should you care?

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. – Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963)

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Perhaps C.S. Lewis’s point resonates with you. You want to know if it is meaningless or infinitely important.

Why listen to me?

There are many people who you could explore this question with. Why me?

We all have unique backgrounds and experiences. I’m a Ph.D. Chemist, a university professor (for 20 years), a Christian (for 40 years), and someone who tries to see Christianity from the OUTSIDE in. (More about me.) This may be just the perspective YOU are looking for.

I understand that there are some extremely absurd claims in the Christian world view, and I am seeking those who are seeking me and my perspective as I wrestle with YOUR questions before you have even asked them.

I do this as an act of love. I love YOU enough to ask myself and God YOUR questions, wrestling with the answers, the hints, and the silences. At the very least, YOU can be comforted by the fact that you have a fellow traveler who can walk with you discussing the most important questions of life the universe and everything.

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Origins

  • Who am I?
  • Where did I, you, the universe come from?

Meaning

  • Is there any meaning in life?
  • What is my purpose?
  • Why did this happen to me?

Morality

  • Is ANYTHING actually RIGHT or WRONG?
  • Why is life so unfair?

Destiny

  • Where is all this headed?
  • Where am I headed?
  • What happens when I die?
  • Why do I care so deeply about life and death?
  • Why do I long for hope, justice, health, wholeness, companionship, relationship, light, and life?

The answer to these questions is not 42.

Let’s explore these questions and more, together.

  • Start with my synopsis of what I believe and why.
  • Explore some of my favorite posts.
  • Subscribe to this blog. I don’t post very often because I have a very busy job as a professor. But when I do post, you’ll receive an email, that there is something new to read. (One post/email per quarter on average.)

Pose your questions in the comments along the way. This is a dialog.

5 thoughts on “Front Page”

  1. Having read this I thought it was extremely informative.
    I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this article together.
    I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and posting
    comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

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  2. This is so much good information. I was wondering your point of view on teaching faith in science and vise versa in a university setting…

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    • So glad you commented. Are you associated with a university?

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      • I had graduated awhile back and am helping my brother in his search for faith based Christian Universities to transfer to. I was looking at Liberty University, Lipscomb University, Taylor University, Grove City College, and etc… The one common thing in most of these school are that they are faith-based and / or “Christian”.

        One could “easily” introduce faith in seminary / liberal subjects but a more overarching question is that how does one perhaps teach faith and science concurrently?

        e.g. chemistry… we learn that atoms have proton, neutron, and electron hence the “Holy Trinity”…. or that because God made the heavens and earth… hence chemicals and science is from God…. This is of course an over generalization example or explanation (not to type too much).

        The obvious elephant in this is that one would expect going to chemistry class and labs to learn chemistry… but from a faith-based institution that would not do justice to both faith and science… How would you perhaps approach this?

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  3. Hi Sean,
    Interesting discussion question. You asked, “how does one perhaps teach faith and science concurrently?” and then mentioned some chemistry analogies, etc. But I’d like to back up to the question you pose.

    I’m not sure how you are using the word “faith”. It seems with your analogy of subatomic particles with the Trinity, you are expanding the usage of faith to mean theology, as in “how does one perhaps teach [theology] and science concurrently?” Now, I’m on shaky ground because I’ve changed your question and you may not mean what I am responding to. But let me respond to this as if this is what you are asking.

    Defining terms: Science is very broadly defined as “the theory of a thing or a phenomenon.” When these things or phenomena are material and susceptible to measurement, then science can be very rigorous and mathematical.

    But this very broad definition can also contain things and phenomena that are not material or susceptible to measurement. This is the old definition which allowed the old universities to call Theology the Queen of the Sciences. That makes no sense with the modern definitions of science that reduce it to numerical measurement of material phenomena. But in today’s world we have come down hard on the separation between science and theology or as many would call it physics and metaphysics.

    Physics answers the question of “What is”.
    Metaphysics (which includes Theology) answers the questions of “Why”.

    Physics observes that an experiment in nature IS repeatable. But it cannot tell you WHY it is repeatable. Theology tells you WHY it is repeatable.

    If an orderly God is the author of the Book of Nature, then nature should reflect the order of its author.
    Likewise if God is the author of the Book of Scripture, then there should be no conflict between the two books. When we see conflict, those are the interesting places to explore whether we have misunderstood one or both books.

    So in science classes we stick to physics and leave the discussions of metaphysics for lunch or hallway or Ratio Christi discussions (rcshsu.org).

    But notice that the “What IS in nature” question makes no claims on theology. Professors who say “science disproves God” are showing their ignorance and their cognitive biases. Science cannot prove a metaphysical claim.

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