“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.
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.
- Apologists, Inerrancy, and Apostasy (diglotting.com)
- Pre-Suppositionalism is the Maginot Line for Morons (josephdantes.com)
- For the Defense — A Lectionary Meditation (pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com)