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Hoe God alles maakte
In het begin heeft God de hemel en de aarde gemaakt. (Genesis 1:1; Het Boek) De Bijbel vertelt ons over het ontstaan van hemel en aarde. God staat aan het begin van alles. Hij sprak en het gebeurde. Alles ontstond door Zijn scheppend woord. Genesis 1 en 2 vertelt hoe...
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Steeds meer aanwijzingen voor Davids Koninkrijk
Er komen steeds meer aanwijzingen dat er in Israël, in de tijd van David, een koninkrijk was. Er zijn potscherven gevonden uit die tijd waarop een naam staat die ook in de Bijbel voorkomt: Esbaal. In 2012 zijn potscherven gevonden in Khirbet Qeiyafa, het Bijbelse Saaraim, vlak bij het Eikendal...
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Waar is God als ik pijn heb?
Wat is het nut, het doel van pijn? Waar is God als ik pijn heb? Waar is God, juist als ik Hem het hardst nodig heb? Geloofstoerusting nodigde dominee Van Binsbergen uit om daar in een lezing bij stil te staan. The post Waar is God als ik pijn heb?...
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‘Professor, bestaat God?’ ‘Nee, mijn jongen, de wereld is God.’ – Een pantheïstische hoogleraar in Nederland
“Professor, bestaat God?” Twee intelligente oogjes kijken naar een man die daar staat met zijn lange mantel. De jongen kijkt vol afwachting naar het peinzende gezicht van de professor en denkt bij zichzelf: “deze geleerde man is de professor, die weet toch alles?”. We zouden het op deze manier kunnen...
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Methodologisch naturalisme, waar wortelt Radix
In een vorige bijdrage hebben we gezien dat dr. Gerdien de Jong in haar artikel in Radix, getiteld: ‘de onafhankelijkheid van geloof en wetenschap’ en E. Sober in zijn artikel: ‘Why methodological naturalism’ hebben aangegeven dat methodologisch naturalisme niet a priori noodzakelijk is. Een aspect wil ik graag nog expliciet...
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Een dagje naar de Achterhoek? Aanmelden als daggast is mogelijk. Getuigenissen uit België en Suriname
“Hierbij uit ik nogmaals mijn dankbaarheid voor de ‘Logos site’ en allen die met deze bediening betrokken zijn. Sinds de oprichting zie ik iedere dag met belangstelling uit naar het nieuws dat Logos zal brengen. Ik vind het heel belangrijk dat er een krachtig tegengeluid klinkt en dat in de...
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Debora Adriaans (de Wittenberg): ”Ik geloof niet dat een vrouw gemaakt is om dagelijks met een aantal vreemde mannen naar bed te gaan. En als iemand daar wel in gelooft stel ik ze graag de...
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Stichting Gave biedt vluchtelingenkinderen de mogelijkheid om mee te gaan met een christelijk zomerkamp en Gave organiseert zelf Multiculturele Jongerenkampen. Een onvergetelijke ervaring en een fijne invulling van de zomervakantie. Een vluchtelingenjongere: ‘Dit is mijn...
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Precies twee jaar geleden vond er een zware aardbeving plaats in Ghorka, Nepal. Bijna drie weken daarna was er nog een verwoestende aardbeving. Er vielen bijna 9.000 doden en meer dan 21.000 mensen raakten gewond....
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Egypte – De zelfmoordterrorist die zich op 9 april opblies in de kerk in Alexandrië, had het voorzien op de koptische paus. In plaats van de paus, kwam bewaker Naseem Fahmi om het leven. Zijn...
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No, Faith is Not Belief Without Evidence!

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As Christians, we are called to faith. But what does “faith” mean? Atheists often tell Christians (i.e., you know, people of faith) something like the following:

Mark Twain: “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”[1]

Peter Boghossian: “pretending to know things that you don’t know” and “belief without evidence.”[2]
Richard Dawkins once said “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”[3]

 

For many atheists, all that one has to do is get Christians to admit that they believe Christianity on the basis of faith and this is sufficient to refute the view. After all, how could you win a rational debate if you admit to pretending to know something you don’t know?! To concede this seems to be to surrender before the war even starts.

The only problem here is that there is no thoughtful Christian I know would say this is what they mean by faith. Maybe Christians should get to say what they mean by faith?! This would likely help the dialogue, or so it seems to me.

So, at best, these are mere caricatures of faith. I will suggest that faith is best understood as ventured trust. I will also argue that everyone has faith and that faith is in no way contrary to reason.

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Atheism’s Rational Failure Leads to Unhinged Anger

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The Sad, Mad Case of Belligerent Atheists

Ever since I became a Christian in my early twenties, I have spoken with many hundreds of non-Christians who have told me that I was wrong to believe in God. The most bitter and rancorous of these rebukes have come from atheists. This behavior is consistent with people who lack an absolute moral standard—therefore they sputter out caustic and biting reproofs against God and Christians. Atheism cannot impart love and patience; some atheists have these virtues but they cannot account for them, and they do not have the empowering spiritual resources to walk in them. A large amount of atheists I have engaged have been wholly intolerant of criticism. Christians may behave rudely and contentiously, but when they act this way they are in opposition to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians are acting in an inconsistent manner when they engage in troubling behavior. It would appear that the atheist is consistent with Darwinian thought when he acts in a hostile and combative fashion.

Atheist Peter Boghossian, the belligerent author of the book A Manual for Creating Atheists, can rail against the misdeeds of the professed Christian, but he lacks a foundation for objective moral values to justify his outrage. Only Christian theism can provide the necessary preconditions for non-subjective moral values that are needed to justify moral disgust.

While this essay is intended for all Christians, it has been written in the form of a response to Boghossian and the other combative New Atheists. In this blog series, I will refute many of the hollow arguments put forth by Boghossian and various skeptics. Another objective of these posts is to demonstrate that atheism is illogical, immoral, and absurd. I address the nonbeliever who believes that only the material universe exists, and that there is nothing more than matter and motion.

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The Resurrection Answers Three Big Questions

“The resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings—or it is the most remarkable fact of history.” My father has often shared these words to me in person, and he’s written them in his books. The older I get, the more I realize they’re unmistakably true. There’s no middle ground with the resurrection of Jesus. Either it is a colossal fabrication or the most important event in history.

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10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as an Historical Fact

When I left the ministry due to my skepticism, one of the factors involved in my departure concerned the reliability of the New Testament documents and the resurrection of Jesus. The folks from the Jesus Seminar had me second-guessing whether I could trust what the New Testament said and if I could truly accept the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. In July of 2005, my life changed. I entered the Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and read three books that changed my life more than any other book outside the Bible. I discovered Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ, Josh McDowell’s The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and McDowell’s A Ready Defense. I discovered that there are many reasons for accepting the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth as a historical fact.

Through the years, the evidence has increasingly mounted for the historicity of Jesus’s resurrection. This article will provide 10 of the most fascinating arguments for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. This list is not exhaustive and my dealings with each argument is extremely brief. Nevertheless, I hope this list will provide a starting point for you to consider the authenticity of Jesus’s resurrection.

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You Can No Longer Separate Apologetics and Evangelism

Yesterday I was interviewed by Mike Spaulding for an upcoming episode of Soaring Eagle radio. During our talk, he asked me about the growing need to incorporate apologetics into our evangelism efforts. Of course, Christians are commanded to study and be prepared to defend the Christian faith. There are many verses in the Bible commanding us to defend our faith. Therefore, we should be ready to do so.

The idea of apologetics as a necessary part of one's faithful walk is new to most Christians. They understand the need to worship God, to live a set apart life, and even the command to evangelize given by Jesus in the Great Commission. However, learning apologetics isn't something preached from most pulpits today. Yet, in the first few centuries, apologetics and evangelism were inter-reliant. In fact, when you look at the writings of the early church fathers, you see how big a role apologetics played in their interaction with the outside world. Here are just a few examples:

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