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Posted 1/29/13 at 6:59 AM | Robin Schumacher

Are You a Christian Only Because of Family?

A common charge atheists make against Christianity, as well as the fact that the Christian faith is the top worldview on the planet where numbers are concerned, is that many or most of those who profess to be Christians are only doing so because they were raised in a Christian household. The thought is, if those same people were raised in a Muslim or atheist home, they’d sport that particular belief system, with the conclusion being that it isn’t the validity of Christianity that’s made so many Christians, but it’s just a cultural thing instead.

True or false?

The Worldview within the Home 

First, let’s understand that it’s only natural for parents to school their children in belief systems they believe to be true. While skeptics promote the idea that children should be raised as “free thinkers” in a non-biased household, the fact is they many times don’t practice what they preach.

Whenever I encounter an atheist who advocates such a thing, I’ll always ask them, “So you tell your kids that Christianity should be considered as an equally valid worldview up against your atheism? You don’t try and sway them one way or the other?” Invariably I’m met with silence in return. FULL POST

Posted 1/20/13 at 8:22 AM | Robin Schumacher

Why I Raise My Children with God

CNN’s iReport recently carried a blog post entitled “Why I Raise My Children Without God” (which CNN says is the 2nd highest viewed post ever on their iReport site) by an atheist Texas blogger named TXBlue08. Her blog site, “Kids Without Religion”, is all about “raising kids as independent, logical thinkers”.

In her post, she put forth seven reasons why she’s decided to bring up her children without a belief in God. Being a Christian and a parent, I thought I’d work through each one of her arguments and explain why, as opposed to TXBlue08, I’ve decided to raise my children with God.

Argument #1 – God is a bad parent and role model. 

Four out of her seven arguments deal with the problem of reconciling an omnibenevolent and omnipotent Creator with the fact that we live in a world full of evil, pain, and suffering. The problem of theodicy is typically an atheist’s primary objection to God and has been dealt with and debated by believers and unbelievers for centuries. FULL POST

Posted 1/12/13 at 3:36 PM | Robin Schumacher

When the Natural Meets the Supernatural

Many years ago I was present at a home where two young boys – ages 6 and 4 – were playing with a Ouija board[1] that the woman of the home had carelessly supplied to keep the kids occupied. In addition to the homeowner and me being there, my brother and sister were also present.

It wasn’t long before the children began to declare that they were not moving the pointer across the board. The adults laughed and encouraged the boys to tell the truth that they were the ones behind the pointer’s movements. But the children maintained that they were not controlling the actions on the board.

My sister, a skeptic and fresh out of Michigan State, decided to put the boy’s claims to the test. She asked the boys to spell out extremely complicated words with the Ouija board that were clearly beyond the capabilities of such young children.

And the kids did. Every time. FULL POST

Posted 1/6/13 at 7:32 PM | Robin Schumacher

Why All Roads Do Lead to God

Critics of Christianity are almost universal in their complaint of Christians being narrow-minded, arrogant, and intolerant where other beliefs are concerned. How can Christians think their way is the only way, and their road is the only one that leads to God?

 It’s far more politically correct today to either denounce religion in total or espouse the famous lines spoken by Gandhi years ago: “One may drink out of the same great rivers with others, but one need not use the same cup” and “The soul of religion is one, but it is encased in a multitude of forms.”[1]

It’s no secret that I’m a Christian, but I will say this: I believe it’s absolutely true that all roads lead to God. How can that be? Let me explain.

Why It Matters What You Believe 

Let’s all agree about one thing: thinking rationally, logically, and having an exclusive mindset where truth is concerned is important. It really matters what you believe. FULL POST

Posted 12/31/12 at 8:00 AM | Robin Schumacher

The Difference of Grieving with God and Without Him

CNN recently published an op-ed piece[1] by physicist Lawrence Krauss on the heartbreaking murders that took place at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT. It may at first seem strange that a physicist would be called upon to address the topic of the Newtown tragedy, but Dr. Krauss is not your average physicist.

Krauss is a very vocal atheist, and one that I would classify as more of a hatetheist than an atheist. Krauss’ CNN article expressed dismay primarily at the fact that, at times of great tragedies such as Sandy Hook, the nation as a whole (including government officials and the media) turns to faith and God for comfort.

Krauss writes, “But the question that needs to be asked is why, as a nation, do we have to institutionalize the notion that religion must play a central role at such times, with the president as the clergyman-in-chief? Since this tragedy, cable TV networks have been flooded with calls to faith and have turned to numerous clergy as if, as a matter of principle, they have something special or caring to offer.”[2]  FULL POST

Posted 12/23/12 at 11:57 AM | Robin Schumacher

One Way Mormonism Fails the Belief System Test

Christians are oftentimes criticized by skeptics as having no good reasons why they believe Christianity to be true, but other faiths to be false. Such is certainly not the case; there are quite a few systematic methods used by Christians to reject other belief systems (such as atheism) they believe to be incorrect.

For example, many decades ago, Christian theologian and philosopher Dr. John Edward Carnell proposed a systematic method for testing any belief system to determine its validity. Although some criticize his approach, it still remains a good rule of thumb for evaluating worldview claims.

 Carnell said for any belief system to be considered defensible, it had to pass the following hurdles[1]:

  1. Logical consistency
  2. Empirical adequacy
  3. Existential or experiential relevancy

Logical consistency asks the question: do the belief system’s teachings logically cohere with one another or do they conflict in logical or rational ways? For example, Buddhism says that to reach Nirvana, a person must rid themselves of desire (which Buddhism views as the crux of all humankind’s problems). But wait – doesn’t someone have to have a desire to rid oneself of desire? FULL POST

Posted 12/16/12 at 8:42 AM | Robin Schumacher

The King Makers - A Look at the Magi

A very common Bible question is: why are there four gospels of Jesus’ life instead of just one? The answer is, in the same way that a multi-accomplished individual who has excelled in areas of business, education, sports, benevolence, etc., might have multiple biographies written about him/her today that each highlight a particular area of that person’s life over the others, the same is true of Jesus.

There is a little debate on what Matthew chose to focus on where Jesus is concerned. Matthew’s gospel[1] contains more references to the Old Testament than any other biography of Jesus, and for good reason. He is laser focused on one key theme: Jesus is King.

This is why you will find a very short but incredibly important set of references to a group that aren’t mentioned in any other gospel – the Magi. It’s normal for them to be represented as three men (their number isn’t actually mentioned in Scripture) who quietly appear on the night of Jesus’ birth and disappear with no real significance being tied to their visit other than to provide Jesus with a few birthday gifts. FULL POST

Posted 12/9/12 at 11:33 AM | Robin Schumacher

A Look at Two Common Atheist Arguments

Behind my desk is a huge binder containing essays and meaty book excerpts of atheist literature. The likes of Russell, Hume, Nietzsche, Sartre, and many more scientists and philosophers make up this hefty collection of anti-Christian thought.

Part of my Master’s requirement was that I read the binder in its entirety and write summaries of every argument so that each was thoroughly impressed upon me. Needless to say, that took some time, but it was time well spent.

Through that exercise, I learned that atheism, just like every body of thought (including Christianity), has both good and bad arguments. Those arguments rightfully deserve to be heard in the world’s marketplace of ideas and respectfully scrutinized in the same way as every other worldview’s positions and claims.

In my last blog post, I examined why the “born this way” argument used by secularists to justify various sexual practices fails on a number of levels. I thought it would be good to follow that up with two more arguments, used by atheists to counter Christianity, that show themselves to be faulty when closely examined. FULL POST

Posted 12/2/12 at 7:36 PM | Robin Schumacher

Why the “Born This Way” Argument Fails

I doubt there’s much disagreement that it’s the number one argument in play today.

In debating the issue of same-sex marriage, and homosexual behavior in general, a very common line of reasoning used by our culture to defend homosexuality is that people are born with their sexual orientation. In Christianity, those espousing a pro-gay theology oftentimes declare, “God made me this way.” In both cases, the claim is that you cannot fault someone for being born the way they are, and therefore homosexual behavior should be embraced and valued every bit as much as heterosexuality.

Homosexuality aside for a moment, I’d like to assert that Lady Gaga can sing “Born This Way” all she’d like, but the argument itself doesn’t stick.

This fact is becoming especially relevant today because we are now beginning to see the argument utilized to justify many other behaviors, with the most recent being pedophilia. Christian commentators have said for a long time that we would go down this road, but they were crucified in the media for suggesting it. FULL POST

Posted 11/28/12 at 9:30 PM | Robin Schumacher

To Powerball or not to Powerball; that is the Question

It’s a relationship you can nearly always count on – as Powerball jackpots grow, so do the lines of people buying tickets for it. Currently in America, there’s almost a perfect storm-like atmosphere for Powerball and similar gambling products. Take a down-in-the-dumps economy, add lots of individuals who are out of work, sprinkle in constant fears of another possible recession, mix well, and you have the kind of environment that causes people to seek financial deliverance from any possible provider.

In other words, it’s the type of thing gambling proponent’s dream of.

For Christians, topics like ‘Is it sinful for a believer to buy a Powerball ticket’ oftentimes divides the Body of Christ. On the one hand, there are those who argue that it is only a game and like anything else (eating, drinking, etc.) it’s acceptable as long as it does not become controlling and overly indulged in. On the other side of the fence are believers who argue that gambling on any level is morally wrong. Which side is correct? FULL POST

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