Tuesday, July 09, 2013

J.P. Moreland to Young Christians: "Don't let anybody bully you"

Dr. J.P. Moreland recently gave a talk on why he doubts the neo-Darwinian model of all life arising from purposeless natural processes. I highly recommend the video. At the end of the talk he offered these words of encouragement to young Christians who may not be steeped in apologetics arguments:
"Don't let anybody bully you. I meet Christians all the time who think all the smart people are on the other side. That's not true. And if you don't know how to defend your faith, that's OK; we've got people who do. And we're community; we don't all have to know how. Because we have different roles to play. But we have people in our community who are as smart as the people on the other side and we know what we're talking about. You don't need to let anybody bully you because what the Scriptures teach at the end of the day makes sense and they're reasonable and we have nothing to be ashamed of in believing in the Creator God that we believe in."
J.P. is right. We have very smart people with incredibly strong arguments who are able to show the Christian worldview is at least as reasonable as modern secular viewpoints, if not more so. I know that there is a vast amount of data one must sift through in order to truly understand the points in question, but all Christians should be aware that we do have the goods, and they can walk confidently knowing that Christianity is an intelligent faith.

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Blogger John Moore said...

If Christianity is fundamentally an intellectual thing, and if you think all the smart people are non-Christian, then you're definitely struggling. But Christianity isn't fundamentally an intellectual thing.

Many young people also think non-Christians have all the fun. If Christianity is supposed to be cool or fun or fashionable, then that's a problem. But that's not what Christianity is really about.

JP Moreland says, "We're community." That's pretty significant. Young people should look around and think about which community they really want to belong to.

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Blogger laura smith said...

Love your post. A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride. Good day!!
Sant Kirpal Singh

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Blogger Lenny Esposito said...

Thanks for the comment!

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OpenID leslim0121 said...

Interesting article. I find myself feeling a little guilty of falling into your trap of how you get people to comment on your blogs. Besides that I really like a couple of ideas you present.


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