What scares Josh McDowell? Ideas

“What has changed everything?” asked the apologist from Campus Crusade for Christ International as he spoke on “Unshakable Truth, Relevant Faith” at the Billy Graham Center in Asheville, N.C., Friday evening. His answer was, the Internet.

“The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have… whether you like it or not,” said McDowell, who is author of two books on Christian apologetics, More than a Carpenter and New Evidence that Demands Verdict.

Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians, Christianity Relationship, FaithfulNews.

If the apology of the Apologists no longer work, we blame someone else? I admit that my faith has changed somewhat because of my interaction on the Internet, but it is always ground in the Spirit. If we are afraid of new ideas or contrary ideas which will harm our children, then why don’t we teach them better? Teach them how to critically think… of course… if you did that then you would have to deal with higher criticism. Note that I said ‘deal with’ not ‘believe’.

I’m watched some of my fellow classmates who learn by absorption and transformation. In other words, they don’t question and think through things – they take what the professor says and believe it, without question. This is what destroys faith – because people are being taught that they can reason through things, and should, even things which are counter to their previous knowledge. Instead, they believe that they have to automatically relent and believe what is being said from the authority figure before them.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

3 thoughts on “What scares Josh McDowell? Ideas

  1. You know what’s destroying our faith?

    Apologists like Josh McDowell.

    Yah lets blame the interwebs, as if atheists didnt exist before then and didnt have platforms.

    What a moron.

  2. I agree with Rod.
    I’ve always been frustrated whenever I ask a tough question (like, Do we need inerrancy?) and instead of engaging in a discussion, I’ve been given a whole systematic list of why my question is dangerous and why I just “need to have faith.”
    I just get the feeling that I’m not the one who needs the faith, but rather the one telling me that I need the faith.

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