Resources for Seekers
“The Bible encourages people to put their faith in God. Unfortunately, many people equate faith with a blind leap in the dark or wishful thinking. But the faith that the Bible requires is intelligent faith. It is neither blind nor irrational. Biblical faith is a committing trust with an object (God) who is worthy of our faith. No one is asked to sacrifice his intellect when he puts his faith in the God of the Bible.” –Don Stewart,The Ten Wonders of the Bible, 1990, p. 13.
“Do you believe in the existence of Socrates? Alexander the Great? Julius Caesar? If historicity is established by written records in multiple copies that date originally from near contemporaneous sources, there is far more proof for Christ’s existence than for any of theirs.” –Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About Christianity, p. 296.
“It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.” –Nelson Glueck
The Bible when compared with recorded history is 99.7% accurate. Archaeology and historical records support the events of the Bible as described in books of the Old and New Testament. This is an important beginning in establishing the credibility of the historical Jesus and the manuscripts of the Christian Bible.
B: The existence of God is not 100% provable. But one does not necessarily need absolute evidence. In a court of law, evidence beyond a reasonable doubt is acceptable when considering a verdict. In the same way, when considering a first cause one may view all the evidence and make a reasonable conclusion that God does indeed exist. There are many compelling arguments,such as the cosmological argument, moral argument, ontological argument, and teleological argument. The Kalam Cosmological argument lays out in clear terms: Anything that has a beginning has a cause, therefore the observable universe must have a cause. The fine tuning of the universe is another important argument. Can one prove evolution 100%? Absolutely not. Though evolution and Christianity are not necessarily at odds. Francis Collins a noted scientist has done lectures and wrote a book called “The Language of God” which lays out an excellent argument along those lines.
C: The Philosophy and truth within Christianity can withstand the most powerful intellectual probing. Youtube “Ravi Zacharias”, he has done some of the most noted talks on the philosophy within Christianity and the defense of the faith. I would recommend “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis which walks the reader step by step through the issues of the idea of belief. I would also highly recommend “Orthodoxy” (click for a free audio version of it) by G.K. Chesterton a man who converted to Christianity after reading all the arguments for the atheist worldview and being thoroughly unimpressed, began to search out belief in a higher power, arriving eventually at the cross of Christ Jesus. If you’re a former believer, consider “Has Christianity failed you?” by Ravi Zacharias. Would you like to have a look at Jesus Christ in comparison to other world religions? Read “Jesus among other Gods” by Ravi Zacharias. If you’re a highly analytical individual, William Lane Craig has done some excellent writing and speaking on the reason for God. Check out “Reasonable Faith” by William Lane Craig. Two more books I would recommend are “Beyond Opinion” and “I don’t have enough faith to be an Atheist.” Others of notable mention are Frank Turek, Norm Geisler, Hugh Ross, Lee Strobel and Tim Keller.
Point of Contention: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?
Scientific Evidence for God’s Existence:
- Origin, Meaning, Morality, & Destiny: An atheist and a Christian on discuss Worldview
- Seven Objections to the Bible and Seven Reasonable Responses
- Quick Fact Sheet: Four Points to Consider
- 10 Answers to Common Questions Raised by Skeptics
- Believing in the Miraculous: The Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross
- Can you see through the illusion?
- Philosophy, Science, Logic, and History: Presentations on the Truth of Christianity from Multiple Disciplines
- No Evidence for God?
- Declaration of Worldview (What we Believe)
- Reasonable Evidence for Christianity