The Logical Incoherence of Arguing God is a Social Construct

by Lenny Esposito

Yesterday, I received a message from a Christian student who was frustrated at his professor’s dismissal of religious belief as socially constructed. He writes:

Today in my Sociology class, we covered a very controversial topic–Religion. My professor explained to us that his goal was to be as objective as possible, but still, implemented his ideas into the lecture.

Some notable points he brought up, which are straight from the Sociology textbook, is that all religion is “socially constructed” and that faith is “belief without scientific evidence.” He then brought up the Council of Nicea, concerning the nature of Christ, which reconciled the two ideas that Christ was both fully man and fully God, but attributed it to maintaining unity in the church. In short, we made this up in order to keep peace.

He stated that religion is constantly evolving and falsely asserted that Christianity was the first to develop monotheism. His final statement was made near the end of the lecture that “we all need to exercise some level of spirituality in order to survive” since religion provides comfort in the case of tragedy.

How does one, especially as a student, respond to such claims? It’s apparent the professor has already chosen where he stands concerning religion. When another spoke up during the lecture, it was clear all he wants to do is debate. As Christians, should we speak up or not cast our pearls before swine?

There are really a couple of questions here. On Monday, I’ll tackle how Christians should respond when placed in these difficult situations, but first I want to talk about some of the professor’s claims, many of which are demonstrably false…

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