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Friday, July 15, 2005

The Everything-but-the-Bible Answer Man

The re-broadcast of an interview with Dr. William Lane Craig this past week (7/12 and 7/13) on the Bible Answer Man is a stellar example of why I am increasingly becoming annoyed with Hank Hanegraaff and the reason why he is listed under the "muddled theology" category of my links.

Dr. Craig was promoting a recent book he has written entitled "God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist." During the course of the interview, Dr. Craig, like a good evidentialist, did everything he could to avoid mentioning the Bible as a source for his authority on God. His appeal for God's existence is to reason and philosophical notions.

To illustrate what I am talking about, on the first day of the interview, a question by one particular caller comes to mind. The caller told Hank and Dr. Craig the one question he is asked that is difficult for him to answer is "If God created everything, then who created God?" Instead of citing God's own personal testimony of Himself in Isaiah 41 and following, especially Isaiah 43:10 where God states directly that no other gods have ever existed before Him, Dr. Craig runs to reason and philosophy. There has to be an ultimate, intelligent cause, argues Craig, and I guess it is his belief people will just conclude that intelligent cause is the God of the Bible. At least I hope so.

As the interview went on, Dr. Craig makes a passing reference to scripture, but never is it for the purpose of establishing the authority of who God is. One is left with the idea the God of scripture may possibly exist...Maybe, in a reasonable fashion anyways.

The two interviews can be heard under the BAM broadcast archives in either Real Audio or Media Player for the next 30 days or so.


Blogger Frank Martens said...

I like the way MacArthur put's it, people reasoning within the box that we are confined to is futile, we need something from outside the box to give us info on what's outside.

Interesting post, thanks

P.S. One question, what do you think of Greg Laurie? I've heard some of his teaching but don't know really where he stands on issues.

5:52 PM, July 17, 2005  
Blogger TheChristianAlert.org said...

If someone asked you, what is the evidence for God?

How would you answer that?

p.s. I agree - Hank's self-marketing and CRI commercials are a bit annoying. I wish he could spend more time interviewing his guests.

7:31 PM, September 08, 2007  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

The Bible tells us in Romans 1 that God is clearly known to all men, but men sinfully suppress the truth of God by creating fanciful explanations to excuse their submission to him. Basically, there are no atheists and there is plenty of evidence. Unbelief is not a matter of a lack of evidence, but one of a heart in rebellion against God.

Because men suppress the truth of God, no evidence, no matter how compelling, will convince a sinner of God's existence. He will merely find a way to explain it away or reinterpret it according to his particular worldview.

I will appeal to evidence at times during evangelistic encounters, but I present that evidence interpreted through my Christian worldview and with the expectation that the sinner will not receive it.

I hope that's helpful.


9:29 PM, September 08, 2007  

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