Dr. Craig's Personal Journey to Faith
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On Thursday, April 10th, 2014 Dr William Lane Craig spoke on the "Objective Evidence for the Resurre...
Did Paul Stop Using Arguments After Leaving Athens?
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The Quran Affirms the Bible (English/French)
http://www.answeringmuslims.com Here are some clips from a recent debate in Paris. The topic was "Muhammad in the Bible?" Oddly enough, the Muslim team would...
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Doctrine of the Church Part 4: Infant Baptism
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7 Tips to Engage Skeptics Like the Apostle Paul Did in the Bible - Part 1 - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
My studies at Dallas Theological Seminary have challenged me to think about practical lessons we can learn from Paul’s engagement in Acts 17. I recently had a conversation about this passage with my mentor, Dr. Darrell Bock, and I’ve discovered some cultural engagement tips that every defender of the faith should know.
A Powerful Apologetic: Formed by Grace and Truth - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In these verses it is not the Baptist but the Evangelist who is speaking. To understand what is being stated, it is necessary to note the message of verse 14 is being elaborated on by John, namely the declaration of the fullness of Christ. John expounds on and substantiates this truth by adding that he and all other believers with him had experienced the blessed fruits of this fullness. Specifically, they had received grace upon grace from that infinite fullness. The meaning of verse 16 is that believers are constantly receiving grace in the place of grace. Our manifestation of the unmerited favor of God in Christ is hardly gone when another one arrives, hence grace upon grace.
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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Douglass Grouthuis on minimizing the importance of apologetics - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Since we as Christians are called and commanded to have a reason for the hope within them (1 Peter 3:15), it is the responsibility Christian teachers, pastors, mentors and educators of all kinds are remiss if they avoid, denigrate, or minimize the importance of apologetics to biblical living and Christian witness.
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William Lane Craig: churches should focus on apologetics to attract more men
Bringing more apologetics into churches would certainly help in many ways, I agree with you there. The only thing I should mention is that which I’ve read countless times in the ‘sphere from frustrated christian men ~ that not only are women able to get their way in church, but that men are treated like they’re evil but women are treated like they’re holy. Church leaders are too cowardly to call out women for their sins because women will then pitch a fit, saying it is offensive. But men are treated like they don’t matter and have no right to express their opinions (for example, you being shot down when trying to get more apologetics-type things going on). If church leaders will put women in our place (that’s right ladies, I said it) then more men will stick around. But yes, apologetics will certainly attract more men in the beginning, but in order to get most of them to stay then what I just mentioned about women being put in their place has to happen as well.
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When everything is going well in life, we tend to think we are managing it all ourselves. Yet even the hardest-working person owes all he or she earns to the Lord’s gracious provision (see Deut. 8:18; Acts 17:24–28). God provided for humanity even before He created Adam and Eve. They were His final creation, and one of the first things He said to them was, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you” (Gen. 1:29). God has fulfilled this statement abundantly and in unlimited ways ever since.
'I Recant' Says Author of Infamous Seventies Newsweek 'Global Cooling' Article
"There's no serious dispute any more about whether the globe is warming, whether humans are responsible, and whether we will see large and dangerous changes in the future – in the words of the National Academy of Sciences – which we didn't know in the 1970s," said Michael Mann, a climatologist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. He added that nearly every U.S. scientific society has assessed the evidence and come to the same conclusion.
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God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: There's Proof Everywhere
Moral arguments for God's existence may be defined as that family of arguments in the history of western philosophical theology having claims about the character of moral thought and experience in their premises and affirmations of the existence of God in their conclusions. Some of these arguments are on all fours with other theistic arguments, such as the design argument. They cite facts that are claimed to be evident to human experience. And they argue that such facts entail or are best explained by the hypothesis that there is a God... Other moral proofs of God's existence take us away from the patterns of argument typical of natural theology. They deal in our ends and motives. These variants on the moral argument for God's existence describe some end that the moral life commits us to (such as the attainment of the perfect good) and contend that this end cannot be attained unless God as traditionally defined exists (
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This week’s best state in America? Utah, for its generosity.
A Gallup survey released this month showed that 71 percent of Utah residents donated money to a charitable cause in the past month, the highest rate in the nation. New Hampshire and Illinois residents tied for second, at 70 percent each. Fifty-six percent of Utah residents said they volunteered their time, also more than any other state; only Minnesotans, 53 percent of whom said they volunteered, came close to matching Utah’s giving ways.
The Stuff We All Agree on When It Comes to Origins - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Now that I’ve written a book , I get the chance to speak around the country and talk about how we, as Christians, assemble circumstantial evidence related to the reliability of the Gospels and the existence of God. As a result, I meet all kinds of Christians who hold a variety of views related to the Genesis creation account. Many are “Literal Day” creationists, while others lean toward some version of “Gap Theory”, “Day-Age Creation Theory”, “Creation Revelation Theory”, “Progressive Creation Theory”, “Genesis Creation Day Theory” or “Genesis Literary Theory” Creationism. Some believe that the universe is very young, others that it is very old. Some believe that God created everything in the form we see it in today (as the result of some form of “instantaneous” creation); others that God shaped His creation through some process of progressive interaction. When you ask these folks about the Bible, all of them will tell you that they believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God. All will agree that the Bible is the final authority. All will tell you that they believe what the Bible teaches.
Jesus Fulfilled Prophesy of Isaiah 53 - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Fulfillment: Nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus described physically. He was never spoken of as handsome or given any physical features that would describe Him as desirable. In fact, the local people in the town where he grew up hardly knew Jesus, for when He finally revealed Himself they asked, “Is this the carpenter’s son?” as if they had never really paid Him much attention.
Does Atheism Require Faith? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In discussions about belief in God, there is a lot of confusion about the word ‘faith’. Atheists sometimes take faith to mean belief without evidence; Christians reject this notion of faith because biblical faith is never ‘blind’. Rather confusingly, though, sometimes you’ll hear Christians say that it takes more faith to be an atheist than it does to believe in God. Of course, what they mean is that atheism requires a blind, uncritical belief , but setting this issue aside, does the atheist need to have faith in a similar way to the Christian?
What’s Godzilla doing in the Book of Job?
This striking Biblical imagery – of an aquatic behemoth man cannot contain – is meant to put Job in his place. Up until this point, Job has spent many chapters decrying the suffering that God has allowed him to endure. When God eventually responds, it’s with a litany of examples of His awesome power. Among these is Leviathan, which is an earthly creature but could also serve as a symbol for God Himself. As Davidson notes, God’s description of Leviathan concludes this way: “He looks on all the proud; he is king over all proud beasts.”
No God, No Good or Evil - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Skeptics generally counter the argument in one of two ways. First, some try and deny that objective moral values and duties exist. However, unless one doesn’t object to babies being tortured for fun or with children being sexually abused, this assertion dies a mercifully short death.
If your beliefs are to be taken seriously - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Any and every other belief you hold, about anything whatsoever, if it is to be taken seriously, if it is to be of any value or worth anyone’s consideration, it must have in its favor more than your emotions, personal history or external circumstantial factors. It must have reasons .
The simple truth for all of us who are raising kids in the church - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As parents, we are the folks who will have the most repeated contact with our children; we are the ones who can have the most impact (good or bad). This is the simple truth for all of us who are raising kids in the church. We have to become the best Christian Case Makers our kids know so we can respond quickly to their
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Stephen King and God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Last week, National Public Radio interviewed Mr. King, and he was asked about his beliefs in God. King asserts, “If you say, ‘Well, OK, I don’t believe in God. There’s no evidence of God,’ then you’re missing the stars in the sky and you’re missing the sunrises and sunsets and you’re missing the fact that bees pollinate all these crops and keep us alive and the way that everything seems to work together. Everything is sort of built in a way that to me suggests intelligent design.” Here, he waxes both theological and philosophical. King echoes the thoughts of Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, who once said, “The order of the motion of the stars, and of all things under the dominion of mind which ordered the universe” often leads men to believe in God. The Apostle Paul also makes his case in
10 Quotes from Christian Apologist Greg Koukl - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Jesus argued with the Pharisees all the time. Even His enemies reported that "no man speaks as this man speaks." If Jesus merely relied on the power of God and the particulars of His speech were inconsequential, if His mind and intellect and cleverness didn't enter into it, then why don't we behold unimpressive, muddled, uncompelling words in His discourses? No, it was quite the opposite. When we look further in the New Testament we see heated and intense disputation-- polemic, argumentation--at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. We see Paul going after Peter hammer and tongs in Galatians 2:11. You can immediately see the problem with any interpretation of a verse to the effect that one must not use reason and rationality in the proclamation of the Gospel. Such a person runs smack into an army of counterexamples from the Scripture itself.
The End of Books
Intuitive spirituality is reckless, but we’re all guilty. We are drawn to seek God apart from his revelation. As men intuitively grasp for God, one grabs the leg of an elephant, another grabs an ear, another the snout, but with our intuitive spirituality we can do little more than gather in a circle around an animal we presume to be our god. God is never far from us, and yet we follow our intuition and think it will lead us to God — when in reality our intuition only leads us into the temple of ignorance built for ‘The unknown god’ (Acts 17:16–34). If Christ has been raised from the dead, we have no excuses for God-ignorance (Acts 17:30–31). God is close to us, so close he can be found in his Son, Jesus Christ, as revealed in Scripture.
Believing for No Reason - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I’ve been surprised time and again to run right up against this way of thinking in recent years. At first I was caught so off guard by it that I wasn’t sure what to say in response. It was so foreign to me that a blank stare was my only reaction. But I’ve been trying to learn just how I can begin to demonstrate how utterly wrong-headed it is for people to hold beliefs for no substantive reasons at all. So permit me here to say some things about it, starting with those who profess to be Christians who think along these lines, and then moving on to the larger context of society in general.
What is the Emergent Church? What Do They Believe? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The definition of the word emergent might help us to understand what exactly the emergent church is. The dictionary defines emergent as: newly appearing, arising, and occurring, especially for the first time. It could be called arising unexpectedly or suddenly. Like a plant that is emerging, so also the emergent church has roots below the surface that no one sees. They have been growing for some time but most people were not aware of them. Like an emerging plant, it comes up slowly but surely. Even a tiny plant that emerges in your driveway can damage concrete and cause upheaval in the yard. So too is the risk of an emergent church in an existing one or one that springs up by itself and independently.
Is Christianity A Fallacious Legacy? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Today, we’re offering a brief lesson on an atheistic argument that’s quite common: The argument that a Christian believes in God only because his or her parents believe(d) in God. Does this argument have any value in favor of atheism?
No, Scientists in Darwin's Day Did Not Grasp the Complexity of the Cell; Not Even Close - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Recently a reader of ENV wrote to me asking whether it's true that in Darwin's day, scientists thought that the cell had a simple structure. The reader had argued on an Internet forum that back then, scientists vastly underappreciated the complexity of the cell -- especially compared to what we know today. Some Darwin-defenders responded to him by claiming that Darwin believed the cell was indeed "complex," and quoted Darwin as saying :
Parents Are Still the First Line of Defense - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
After a recent presentation at a large church here in Southern California, a woman approached me at the book table and eagerly asked me to sign a copy of Cold-Case Christianity for her daughter. She asked me to write something compelling on the title page in an effort to encourage her daughter to read the text and reconsider her decision to walk away from Christianity. This mom’s story was all too familiar. She raised her family in the church and did her best to connect her daughter to the church’s youth leadership. She drove her to church events, prayed with her and did her best to model the Christian life. But after her daughter’s first semester at a California university, she came home with a number of questions her mom simply could not answer. At the end of her first year at college , the daughter announced that she was no longer a believer. Her mom was heartbroken.
Review: How do we Know God is Really There? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Thomas and his father escape to their backyard tree house most evenings to watch the night sky through a telescope. Thomas is dazzled by what he sees of God’s creation, but he has questions. “Dad, how do we know God is out there?” he asks one night. “I know the Bible says He’s there. But how do we really know that’s true?” Together, Thomas and his father begin to examine the cosmological evidence for God’s existence. This is the first in an exciting new series of picture books designed to introduce kids to important questions of the Christian faith in terms even pre-readers can understand. Read this aloud with your family, and you’ll come away knowing that “the heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1).
A Rational and Reasonable Worldview - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I have not discovered in [apologetics] any proofs or demonstrations that would compel all rational people to believe that God exists or that Christianity is true. Instead, I have encountered arguments and evidences that have reassured me that it is at least not irrational to be a Christian and, even more, that the Christian worldview is more reasonable than its competitors.
Teaching Apologetics at Home: Yes, You Can! - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I have three answers. One is that the better your church teaches reasons for confidence, the less you have to do; although see below for an important additional thought on that. The second is that either way, if your child leaves home someday without reasons for belief, he or she won’t have a reason to believe. Most children in that condition leave the faith. I don’t think you want that to happen to your child!
Truth, Conviction, and Jesus Are Relevant - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Listening to his story I had to remind myself that Phil was an atheist, not a seminary student recalling those who had inspired him to enter the pastorate. As the narrative developed, however, it became clear where things came apart for Phil. During his junior year of high school, the church, in an effort to attract more young people, wanted Jim to teach less and play more. Difference of opinion over this new strategy led to Jim's dismissal. He was replaced by Savannah, an attractive twenty-something who, according to Phil, "didn't know a thing about the Bible." The church got what it wanted: the youth group grew. But it lost Phil.
J Warner Wallace on Effective Youth Ministry - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Students want to be respected, and this respect begins with challenging content. Young people are capable of far more than the Church typically thinks to offer. If you’re still throwing candy, serving pizza or playing games with your students, you’ve probably set the bar too low. I always teach students at one level above their presumed capacity. If I’m teaching junior-highers, I think of them as high-schoolers. If I’m teaching high-schoolers, I treat them like they are already in college. Students know when you’re trying to “dumb down” the material. Respect their capacity and raise the bar.
PROOF: What Is Resurrecting Grace? #6DaysUntilPROOF - Timothy Paul Jones
An excerpt from the book PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace:
God’s plan has always been to multiply the fame of his own name by giving new life to the spiritually dead (Ephesians 1:4–2:5). The price that this plan required was nothing less than the slaughter of a perfect substitute—a gift too great for anyone but God to give, with a price too high for anyone but God to pay. And so, God the Son became flesh, and his sinless body was stapled to a wooden beam. There, the Son died the death that the living dead deserve, but God refused to let death speak the final word. Three days after the Son released his final breath, a spike-torn hand twitched. A blood-crusted eyelid opened, and the living Lord checked himself out of his own tomb, alive and well.
The Good News: The Gift of God’s Grace Is Free for the Asking
Ever since that first resurrection day, all the goodness of Jesus himself has been available as a free gift to every person who will submit to the reign of the crucified king—and that’s good news for us all! (Romans 10:5-15).
Does Science Lead To Atheism? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For the past few decades atheists have pushed the notion that the scientific worldview requires atheism. Much of this was based on a 1998 survey conducted by the National Academy of Sciences in which they reported “…conventional religious beliefs were quite rare among the members of that body [the National Academy of Sciences]” - Leading Scientists Still Reject God , Nature 394, no. 6691 (1998): 313.
Fine Tuning and Physical Necessity | Reasonable Faith
Evidence aside, you imply (but haven't explicitly stated) that such necessity would be disconfirming of theism. This is inferred by the way you dichotomize necessity from design. However, I don't see why the necessity of physical reality could not be merged with design. Wouldn't a grand unified theory (if it could show that the natural laws and their values COULD NOT have been any different) just bring up an even more important question...that is, 'why does a life permitting universe HAVE to exist?' Would this question be incoherent in the light of proven physical necessity? Otherwise, it seems to me that a proof for the necessity of the physical laws would be strongly confirming of theism (i.e., necessity by design), especially in the absence of a multi-verse.
Ravi Zacharias: Unsatisfied hungers continue to scream - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For the millions who live out their lives day to day with the pursuit of bread dominating their dreams and actions, life, as it was meant to be, passes them by, and their unsatisfied hungers continue to scream out at them.
Are Theists the Only People Who Have the Burden of Proof? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As an atheist, I rarely found it necessary to defend my position when talking with friends who believed in the existence of God. After all, my Christian friends were the ones who were making a claim about an invisible Being ; certainly the burden of proof belonged to them rather than me . I simply held the “default” position: There’s no need to defend the absence of something that appears to be absent! From my perspective, theists alone were the ones who needed to make a case. My position as an atheist was self-evident. This approach almost always put my Christian friends in a defensive position. They found themselves struggling to assemble the evidence while I simply criticized the validity of each piece of their case. I never stopped to think that I might also need to make a case for what I believed, and my Christian friends were unable to demonstrate my responsibility to do so.
Christian Case Makers: Young People Ought to Be Our Jury - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Young People Are the Most Culturally Engaged If you’re reading this and you’re a parent over 35, I bet I can ask you a number of questions related to the culture that will challenge you. What’s the most popular video on YouTube? What’s the most popular set of lyrics on the iTunes Top 20? What’s the most popular series on HULU or Netflix? More importantly, what are the messages that these media sources are conveying to the culture? While adults are often too consumed by their responsibilities and the steady rhythm of their lives to pay attention to the daily twists and turns of the culture, young people are listening. They get it, even when we don’t. To make matters worse, they’re using technology to consume this steady cultural smorgasbord. I bet you’re not texting, Snapchatting, or Instagramming at the rate your kids are. While older folks are just getting comfortable with Facebook, young people are already moving on to the next greatest technological phenomena. The culture targets young people like no other group, and young Christians are technologically savvy enough to d
Naturalism is a Strange Belief - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I understand there is a kind of symmetry here: naturalists think Christianity is a strange belief. On one level I have to agree: we take it as true that everything in all history turns on the life of a wandering teacher and miracle worker who lived two thousand years ago. If it weren't for a confluence of completely unique and remarkable facts about Jesus Christ, the whole idea would be quite unbelievable.
A Christian Case Making Strategy for Youth Ministry - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I have two grown children and two who are still in high school. I was blessed to be involved in youth ministry during much of their childhood and I pray my efforts to prepare young Christians has had an impact on them (it’s often more difficult to reach your own children than it is to reach strangers). When people ask me about the challenges facing young people in the Church, I do my best to describe both the problem and a possible solution. Here’s what I typically say: “Young Christians are leaving the Church because they no longer believe Christianity is true. For this reason, Christian Case Makers need to make students their priority as we make the decision to stop teaching and start training. This will require youth ministers to embrace a new attitude as they design ‘accessible’ training that challenges young Christians ‘holistically’ and makes the case specifically for students.” I’ve been writing about this lately on my blog , so I thought I would take the opportunity to better explain my response (with links to my blog posts):
The Gospel According to Bart Ehrman - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Christianpost interview focused on his skepticism of the New Testament, with very predictable results occurring in the reader comments that followed. Atheists and skeptics high-fived each other, reveling in the fact that they had a credible champion who fuels their hope that the Bible cannot be trusted, while some believers cast disparaging remarks at Ehrman saying he’s not worth listening to.
Belief in God: It's Just Wishful Thinking - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Have you come across some form of this argument? This common objection against faith in God seeks to argue that many people only believe because they want to believe. That is, they do not believe on grounds of good reason. Belief in God, the argument goes, typically occurs as a result of experiencing pain, or worry, or heartache – something negative – to which the person responds by choosing to believe in God to make things better.
The Jesus Myth? A Response to Richard Carrier - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
On Feb. 21, 2013 I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Richard Carrier, popular author and internet atheist, for the second time at UNC Greensboro. The UNCG Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics club invited him to present his case for why the historical Jesus never really existed and is actually only a myth. In Dr. Carrier's defense, I understand that he could not present a solid and complete case for his thesis in an hour long presentation. While much of what Dr. Carrier said sounds completely farfetched, and indeed would not be taken seriously by virtually any scholar in the field, sans those on the very fringes, his ideas still need a response. This particular response will certainly not be the best one you can find or possibly present yourself. Nonetheless, I have been wanting, and promising, to offer my thoughts for a while now. I appreciate those who have studied this area of scholarship in much more detail than myself and who have shared their thoughts, many from which I will be gleaning.
Would Jesus Argue with People on Facebook? How Christians Should Handle Criticism, Arguments, Debate, etc. - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When we read through Mark 12:13-43 we see Jesus facing three of his most ardent opponents in front of hundreds or possibly thousands of people. In verses 13-17, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with the question of whether or not to pay taxes to Rome. It is important to remember that the Israelites were occupied by a foreign power and generally hated them for it, so this was a political question with several landmines. Jesus deftly escaped their ploy by pointing out that Caesar’s image is stamped on coins, so they belong to him. This implies of course that a thing belongs to whatever image it bears and, of course, everyone, including Jews and Romans, are stamped with the image and likeness of God.
McGrew-Boghossian Debate Live Blog - Thinking Christian
I listened to the podcast and I’m up to Chapter 7 in P. Boghossian’s book. have numerous issues and disagreements with him and his material. I’ll limit myself to two and a bit of snark. First, he harps on the Socratic method. The Socratic method, while it is touted by Boghossian as a method to arrive at truth, is a teaching method. Given his doctorate is an Ed.D. this seems fitting. Teaching assumes someone with more knowledge is trying to get an idea across to someone with less knowledge. It is a method that can be used to guide someone to a particular conclusion. The Socratic method is great but not benign. It is fairly easy to use it to manipulate someone who has less knowledge or difficulty articulating why they hold a particular belief. Second, his rationale for doing what he is doing does not pass the smell test. Allowing people to have a “sense of wonder” or “rational thought life” is somewhat vague. He describes faith (whatever he means by it) as a mental illness but declines to elaborate significantly on what harm it causes. He neatly dodges his issue in the interview except for a moment where he falls into a few statements of the “religion is the cause of all evil” variety.
Special for no reason - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Naturalism requires one to believe humans are special for no reason at all, or else to deny that we are special at all. Either option is odd. Naturalism is a strange belief. It's one thing to hold that it is possibly true (though that strains credulity beyond my personal reach). It's another thing altogether — and one can only pause to contemplate what might be the reason for it — for anyone to think it's definitely true, or almost certainly true.