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The book The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins argues that "there is almost certainly no God". See the flaws in his argument.

It is estimated that some 40% of the world's population has not yet heard the Christian gospel (see the Joshua Project). Yet many of these live seemingly 'good' lives. Are they going to heaven as well as the sinner who hears the gospel and repents?

After Death - What?

Ancient philosophy, Hinduism & Buddhism, Pantheism (New Age), Postmodernism, Islam and Roman Catholicism all have differing views on what happens to man after death. Contrast these worldviews with that of the Protestant faith - see Death & Beyond.

Are all religions legitimate and equally valid ways to God? Are the differences between religions superficial? Does multifaith or interfaith worship make sense? See the apologetic against these basic thems of religious pluralism

See also 'the good and the bad' of religion.

Israel is always in the news. Why is this tiny little nation so newsworthy? Why is there continual conflict between Arab and Jew? How will it end? In order to answer these questions we need to look at the purpose of Israel.

Why are the Palestinian people in crisis? What is their future? The Bible has some answers.

It's God's Weather!

Can man control global warming? The Bible suggests that global warming is under God's control.


Apologetics: Logical defence of Christianity

Christian apologetics is a reasoned, logical defence of the Christian faith. Using the Bible, logical reasoning, philosophy, knowledge and human experience, it attempts to answer the four basic questions of life:

Life's origin; Life's meaning; Our morality; Our destiny

Using logical reasoning, it can also be argued that we stand to lose most if we assume God does not exist - and we are wrong! See It is logical to search for God.

Facts and Worldviews - about YOU!

A 'fact' is usually taken to be the currently accepted truth about something. A 'worldview' is a general philosophy of life and is not necessarily true fact. A 'common worldview' would embrace the views of the majority and is often expressed in the media. A 'biblical worldview' is a philosophy of life as deduced from the Bible. When it comes to yourself, we can uncover some very interesting facts and worldviews!

Seeking 'truth'

The Copernican Principle essentially states:

"The Earth, and the life it sustains exists without purpose in the Universe"

Is this true? Indeed, what do we mean by 'truth'? To many, the concept of truth is deep, esoteric and indefinable. In fact, it has been said that "the discovery of truth is the sole purpose of philosophy". For most of us we might simply ask "What is our everyday perception of truth?". We could start by saying

A statement is true if it agrees with established fact - with reality.

Since we can sometimes establish the facts then absolute truth must exist (alongside 'graded absolutism' - higher and lower truths). Unfortunately, absolute truth is often blurred or concealed by political correctness. On wider philosophical issues, such as the nature of God, some claim that there is no ultimate truth and that truth is relative to persons, times, circumstances or culture.

Testing the truth of the Bible

The Bible maintains that absolute truth exists and makes the amazing claim that we can be guided by the Holy Spirit into "all the truth" (John 16.13). It also identifies the source of all truth.

We can verify the truth of the Bible by looking at reality. When we look for example at social issues, the environment, the move to world government, electronic trading and the rise of Israel, we find remarkable correlation with biblical statements!

Morality & Ethics

Where did human morality (and consequent ethical guidelines) come from? Some claim it has biological roots i.e. morality has evolved. The traditional Christian view is that morality reflects that of a moral God.

Ethics comes from the Greek word 'ethos', meaning 'what ought to be'. Is there 'right' and 'wrong' in a particular scenario? It implies a set of rules. The problem comes when we apply this in real life e.g. in business or politics, or in medical and biological scenarios.

Why Suffering?

Earthquake damage to railway lines.

The problem of suffering is the reason why many reject the Christian worldview of a loving, personal God. Why would a loving God allow the Indonesian tsunami or the New Orleans floods?

If we still want to pursue the notion of God, we could try the distant, unknowable, theistic God of Islam (Allah), or the impersonal, indistinct and diverse God of Pantheism (New Age). Either way, we follow a God who we trust exists, but a God who is not intimate and personal, a God who doesn't require or answer my petitions, a God who seems to fit many of my observations of life.

Homosexuality

This is the gay pride flag. Since the 1960's Western culture has progessively legalised private homosexual acts between consenting adults, and today such law is underscored by EU Directives on equality. But legalisation does not make such acts moral. Moreover, a homosexual lifestyle can be changed!
See Hope for Homosexuals.

Are homosexual feelings 'normal'? If we define normality as "that which functions according to its design", then homosexual acts are clearly not normal in that they don't follow the perceived design pattern.

Evolution

The media treats Darwinian evolution as 'fact', and biblical creation as unscientific and mythical. But is this correct? The scientific facts point to creation.

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Both mathematics (probability theory) and paleontology (fossils) say 'no' to Darwin's macroevolution! Evolutionists admit this and generate the 'infinite number of universes' theory in order to accommodate their macroevolution theory. An alternative worldview is to see nature as 'designed' and the observed intelligence (as in DNA information) as coming from a Creator.

Age of the Earth

Scientifically, the old earth (OE) theory seems to be well supported, although there are some descenting scientific voices. Theologically it seems difficult to accept OE creationalism and dismiss 'young earth' creationalism when the Bible is read literally.

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Most people accept the current 'old earth' estimate of around 4.6 billion years. This is obtained from radiometric dating and is assumed to provide a sufficiently long time-frame for Darwinian evolution. The method uses the bedrock assumption of 'constant decay rate' and ignores two biblical accounts of catastrophic earth changes. Is conventional dating missing something? Is the earth 'young', as taught by Creationalism? If a young earth theory can be established scientifically, then macroevolutionary theory falls.


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