by Greg Koukl
I’m convinced many things foundational to a Christian worldview are things people already believe without having to be persuaded.
Most believe, for example, the universe has been designed by a person (Gen. 1:1). They may not admit it outright, but constant references to “Mother Nature” betray their deeper convictions. They believe humans are special, valuable in a transcendent way (Gen. 1:27). That’s why it’s okay to gas termites, but not Jews. They are also convinced that something has gone terribly wrong, that we are each morally twisted and worthy of punishment (Rom. 3:23). This surfaces as the problem of evil.
Each of these essential elements of Jesus’ worldview is something everyone knows. But how? These things are known through a faculty called intuition.
When I say intuition, I mean something very particular. I don’t mean a hunch. I don’t mean a line of reasoning to a conclusion or a skill learned over time—like the way a seasoned batter “senses” where the next pitch will come.
In fact, intuitions are not learned at all. They are something we’re born with, information built into our minds by a wise Creator. Our founding fathers called them “self-evident” truths…