Category: Christianity

The “Spiderman fallacy” argument against Christianity?

There’s several approaches one can take in response to this meme.  The articles “Why?Outreach” linked in response to this meme is include “Does Spider-Man Really Exist?” and “Jesus and the Spiderman Fallacy.”

I thought I chime in with my response.

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Historical Errors in the Koran and Inconsistencies with the Bible

I have a few Muslim friends. In many ways, I seem to have much more in common with their cultural and ethical worldviews – the strong familial structure; strong traditions, and rich heritage; the basic outlook on life, than those of Western ancestry. And yet I disagree with the overarching Islamic worldview for numerous reasons, namely the historical errors in the Koran. Good people can disagree, and when their claims are mutually exclusive, only one of those people can be correct in his worldview. Many years ago, while still an agnostic, I considered whether or not Islam could be the correct worldview and reached the conclusion that the Bible is a far more reliable narrative and source of inspiration than the Koran. One of these reasons (certainly not the only one) is that the Qu’ran has quite a few historical errors. Here I will list just a few to provide leverage.

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On the Alleged ‘Blind Faith’ Passages in the Bible

The word ‘faith’ is the atheist’s favourite cudgel. In every theist-atheist debate, there comes a moment when the atheist will describe himself as being on the side of reason, while painting his opponent as being a man of faith. But to understand why ‘faith’ is so often thrown around as a pejorative term, we need to look at how these atheists define it.

In his The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins defines faith as “blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence,” which makes it a “form of mental illness.” He further calls it “the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.” Peter Boghossian, in his A Manual for Creating Atheists, gives three definitions of faith, namely pretending to know things one doesn’t know; belief without evidence; and an irrational leap over probabilities.

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10 Signs the Christian Authors You’re Following are (Subtly) Teaching Unbiblical Ideas

My friend, Alisa Childers, recently wrote a review of the bestselling book, Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis. It started a firestorm of online discussion about what makes someone a “Christian” author, what responsibility a self-identified Christian author has in promoting ideas consistent with biblical faith, and what harm there can be for Christians reading books that contain nonbiblical ideas.

I personally haven’t read the book, so I’m not going to comment on it specifically. But I will say I was extremely disappointed and saddened to see the kinds of comments supporters of the book wrote:

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Why Christian faith simply can’t be about a relationship with Jesus!

Over the years, I have attempted to educate youth, college students, and adults about the need to move from a privatized faith to a public faith. In other words, when we present the Gospel, almost all of us talk about how people can have a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus the Messiah. While our faith is certainly about our relationship with Jesus, unfortunately, many Christians stop there. Thus, they don’t see their faith as a worldview. Therefore, they aren’t taught that their faith should be able to answer the big questions of reality…

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