Introduction to Apologetics - Lesson 3

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Introductory lesson on the evidence for the existence of God.

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Introduction to Apologetics - Lesson 3

  1. 1. Introduction to Apologetics: Defending the Faith Stephen Russell
  2. 2. The Existence of God
  3. 3. “More consequences for thought and action follow the affirmation or denial of God than from answering any other basic question.” -- Mortimer Adler
  4. 4. General Theism vs. Christian Theism
  5. 5. Proving God Scientifically
  6. 6. Cause and Effect (Cosmological Argument)
  7. 7. Things exist It's possible for those things to not exist Such things have been caused to exist* There cannot be an infinite number of causes* Therefore, there must be an uncaused cause The uncaused cause is God
  8. 8. Information/Order/Design (Teleological Argument)
  9. 9. Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
  10. 10. If it looks designed, it probably was.
  11. 11. “To suppose that the eye, with all of its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.” -- Charles Darwin
  12. 12. ϕ and the Fibonacci Sequence (Order & Design)
  13. 13. ϕ in art & architecture
  14. 14. ϕ in nature
  15. 15. Morality
  16. 16. All cultures have had a sense of right and wrong. People protest when they are wronged. What is our source of morality?
  17. 17. C. S. Lewis “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?” - Mere Christianity
  18. 18. Questions?

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