CARM Newsletter 04/08/2002

ATHEIST DEBATE UPDATE

In my last email newsletter I stated that I would be debating an atheist on the intellectual viability of atheism.  The title of the debate was "Is atheism intellectually tenable?"  Here's what happened.

I opened the discussion by asking the question and after a minute or so of discussion, I told the atheist that there was a sense in which atheism was intellectually tenable (rationally defensible).  I said that the only way atheism could be intellectually defended is in the logical statement "atheism is a possibility."  That is, it is possible that atheism is true.  However, I quickly added that just because something is possible, does not mean that it is true.  It is possible that there are such things as invisible, pink, unicorns and flying, yellow, elephants -- which, of course, we don't believe exist.  But, just because it is "statistically possible" does not mean it is true.  Other than that, atheism needs to survive in a vacuum by negating any theistic proofs for God's existence.  Atheism has nothing to offer by way of its defense as a positive position.  It can only exist as a remote possibility, without evidence, and only if it can refute proofs and evidences for God's existence.  The problem is, that even if it does refute theistic proofs, it hasn't proven atheism true since atheism is essentially a negative position and it is extremely difficult to prove a negative.

Well, the "debate" continued for a little while until the atheist started accepting callers.  Now, I ask you, when does a debate mean that we take phone calls?  It stops being a debate at that time.  Anyway, the callers, who for some strange reason were all atheists, started firing the same questions at me about evil in the world, why would God flood the world, etc.  I ended up fielding a host of questions and attacks against Christianity.  In all, the "debate" ended up being a Q & A session where the atheists were on the attack.  Actually, I enjoyed it.  I even said, on the air, that I would love to discuss another issue with him, to which he agreed.  We'll see what happens.

If any of you listened and/ore tried to call in to the show, I'd love to know.

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IHOP:  10 PM
I have a friend who is an eager beaver when it comes to apologetics.  He's young, full of energy and a strong desire to defend the Christian faith.  Praise God.  His name is Aaron.  Aaron called me up a couple weeks ago and said he discovered a group of Christian youth (in their early 20's) who meet at a local IHOP (International House of Pancakes) on Sunday nights around 10PM to talk about philosophy, Christianity, logic, evidences, etc.  My ears perked up.  "When can I go?" I asked.      Sunday night, I went.

I walked into this group of bigenerians (people in their 20's) and within one minute I was answering questions.  One guy after introducing himself said, "Hey, I went to the same seminary you did a couple years ago.  They are still passing around your notes."  I smiled.  He then fired a few questions at me on theology.  After two hours of bible discussions (and me proving everything I believe is correct and everything they disagreed with me about was wrong -- just kidding), I dragged myself out of there looking forward to the next meeting.

In all, they are a bunch of neat kids (sorry if you're a bigenarian -- I'm 45, a quadragenarian and people 20 years younger than me are kids).

 

VERSE OF THE WEEK.
Jude 24-25
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." (NASB).

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.