Can the Evidence “for” God Have Other Explanations?
By Natasha Crain
In my last post, I described J. Warner Wallace’s new book, God’s Crime Scene, and how it looks at the case for God’s existence based on cumulative evidence from the origin of the universe, the fine-tuning of the universe, the origin of life, the design of life, our experience of consciousness, free will, and morality.
When I published a link to that post on my blog’s Facebook page, one of my atheist readers commented that he is “more than skeptical because, of [the author’s] 8 chapters, 6 can be easily explained away.”
I’m really glad he made that comment, because it brings up a very important point that your kids need to understand about the evidence “for” God:
All of the evidence that Christians believe points to God can have non-God (“naturalistic”) explanations.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that your kids understand this. I recently received an email from a mom of a teenage son who started studying evolution and became an atheist after he was surprised to learn about all the naturalistic explanations for the development of life.
This happens to a lot of kids who grow up in Christian homes where they aren’t exposed to secular views. The eventual shock factor when they encounter naturalistic explanations is enough to torpedo an entire childhood of faith.
Our kids should never leave home without having been exposed to these other views.
It’s also important that kids not only understand other views, but have a framework with which to evaluate them. Otherwise, you’ll be sending them swimming in a tidal wave of information.
With respect to the evidence “for” God, here’s a simple framework even the youngest kids can and should understand. I’ve woven an example throughout the five points that can help you easily teach these concepts…
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