Greetings and welcome to Existence of God.org!
This site is a personal project of mine, dedicated to the disciplines of Christian philosophy and apologetics–with a particular focus on the historicity of the resurrection and the Christian-Muslim dialogue. These two fields of study, philosophy and apologetics, have been a great inspiration to me, both in confirming and deepening of my own faith, as well as enhancing my witness to others. It is my hope that this site can be an instrument in stimulating discussion on the various topics addressed in the articles and videos, as well as a resource that will help those interested in these areas of study. I realize that there are a number of valuable resources available in the way of websites and print in regards to these disciplines, and it is my goal to make such resources available via links to those resources from this site, and it is my prayer that this will in some way help to facilitate the flow of information that is already available and to be a place where viewpoints, perspectives and ideas can be shared.
The articles that I author in the Feature Articles section are within the taxonomy of the apologetic methods known as classical and evidential apologetics. I employ both methods as there is considerable overlap in each. The classical method, known at the ‘two-step’ approach, begins with the use of natural theology (arguments for the existence of God), and then moving to a presentation of the historical evidences for the historicity of the resurrection, the deity of Christ, the trustworthiness of Scripture, Muslim challenges to the Christian worldview, etc. The evidentialist method is known as the ‘one step’ approach in that it moves to the historical evidences first, treating one or more historical arguments as being able to both indicate God’s existence and activity and to indicate which variety of theism is true. As you will see, I rely heavily on those who are experts in the field of theology and apologetics, and as such, my articles include quotes/excerpts, links to articles & books, etc., from a variety of experts.
As a final point, I believe that at the this juncture of the history of the Church, that apologetics is vital if the Church is to grow as God intended. Every Christian, regardless of how ‘ungifted’ they may feel, can be a Christian apologist and proclaimer of the Gospel. It isn’t ‘rocket science,’ it simply takes effort and dedication to Christ’s Great Commission, being willing to put in the time to “study to show oneself approved unto God,” so that we will “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you [us] for a reason for the hope that is in you [us]; yet do[ing] it with gentleness and respect…” (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 3:15)
If you are an individual, who is seeking answers to the seemingly unanswerable questions of life, or you are a church that conducts Bible studies, youth evangelism classes, etc., and are in need of a guest speaker, or simply someone to talk too, regarding any of the topics found on this site, please feel free to contact me at: 4Lane.firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to assist you in your ministry and play a part in encouraging you and your friends in helping to answer your questions, as well as help to facilitate carrying out the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope to hear from you–until then, God bless you and continue to make you a blessing to many!
Together for His Kingdom,
(My wife & I live in Toronto, Canada–sometimes the geographical issue has a bearing on connecting.)
Take our talents; let us not educate ourselves so that we may have the reputation of being wise, but let every mental gain be for the purpose of serving You better.—C. H. Spurgeon
The term “apologetics” makes a lot more sense when we consider the meaning of the Greek word on which it is based—apologia. An apologia is a “defense,” a reasoned case proving the innocence of an accused person in court, or a demonstration of the correctness of an argument or belief. We find this term used in 1 Peter 3:15, which many see as a classic biblical statement of the importance of apologetics: “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…(1 Peter 3:14-15 ESV) The object of apologetics is… to help open their eyes to the reality, reliability, and the relevance of the Christian faith.—Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology and Ministry/Education-King’s College London—President of Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics.
At this juncture in time it would seem that the most intriguing and important research in exploring issues in systematic theology today is increasingly being done, not by theologians, but by analytic philosophers of religion. It has become conventional wisdom that in light of the critiques of Hume and Kant there are no good arguments for the existence of God. But insofar as we mean by a “good argument” an argument that is formally and informally valid and consist of true premises that are more plausible than their negations, the do appear to be good arguments for God’s existence, and there are on the contemporary scene many philosophers who think so. Indeed, it would be fair to say that the rise of analytic philosophy of religion has been accompanied by a resurgence of interest in natural theology, that branch of theology that seeks to prove God’s existence apart from the resources of authoritive divine revelation.–Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview–J.P. Moreland & William Lane Craig
“It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy brings about man’s mind to religion: For while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity.” -Sir Francis Bacon (The Essays of Lord Bacon, Longman & Green, 1875, 64.)