For too long, we Christians have been growing fat and lazy in our logic and critical thinking skills. We’ve relied far too heavily on the idea that “I don’t need facts because I’ve got faith.” And while I agree that some element of faith will always be needed to fill in our gaps in knowledge (whether we place that faith in Jesus, or in Islam, or in Secular Humanism), this argument doesn’t do much for us in this Information Age. We have got to be critical thinkers! Especially at an institute of learning, such as Kent State University, we’ve got to keep our minds open to new ideas and examine the evidence.
That being said, there is absolutely a road by which we may arrive at the “God Conclusion” using reason, logic, and scientific inquiry. Not just the old “because the Bible says so” argument. A summary of this logic-based argument for Christianity is listed below (drawn from two brilliant thinkers named Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, who have lectured on this same material at the world’s highest institutes of learning):
- Truth about reality is knowable.
- The opposite of true is false.
- It is true that the theistic God exists, evidenced by the:
- Beginning of the universe (Cosmological Argument)
- Design of the Universe (Teleological Argument / Anthropic Principle)
- Design of Life (Teleological Argument)
- Moral Law (Moral Argument)
- If God exists, then miracles are possible.
- Miracles can be used to confirm a message from God (i.e. as acts of God to confirm a word from God).
- The New Testament is historically reliable. This is evidenced by:
- Early testimony
- Eyewitness testimony
- Uninvented (authentic) testimony
- Eyewitnesses who were not deceived
- The New Testament says Jesus claimed to be God.
- Jesus’ claim to be God was miraculously confirmed by:
- His fulfillment of many prophecies about himself;
- His sinless life and miraculous deeds;
- His prediction and accomplishment of his resurrection.
- Therefore, Jesus is God.
- Whatever Jesus (who is God) teaches is true.
- Jesus taught that the Bible is the Word of God.
- Therefore, it is true that the Bible is the Word of God (and anything opposed to it is false).
On top of all this logic and evidence (which will require some effort to drill down into all the layers of the twelve points I just listed), I suggest that another level of evidence can be found within the context of H2O Kent and the dozens of men and women who have chosen to follow Jesus. We each have our own story. We each have our own journey. Many of us have experienced real life change, through our relationship with Jesus. In some cases, that change has been quite radical and shockingly instantaneous. We — and others around us — have seen the fruit of the Spirit borne in our lives, as we’ve walked with God: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control… We continue to develop a growing body of experiential evidence that God is real, and that He is active in our world today.
Again: I can hardly speak highly enough of the need for logic and critical thinking — and this goes for both Christians and for Scientists. If you’ve never allowed yourself to really, meaningfully consider the evidence for Christian faith, I want to challenge you to be open-minded and use your critical thinking skills.