The Confident Christian
12/26/13 at 09:30 AM 0 Comments

Slideshow: Answering The “So What?” Question About Christianity

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The philosophical, empirical, and historical evidence for Christianity being true is quite good.

But so what?

Perhaps you’ve never heard about “apatheism”, but I’m running into it more and more. Apatheism, sometimes referred to as either pragmatic or practical atheism, is a position that acts with apathy, disregard, and a lack of interest in a belief in God.

I first encountered it in a discussion with a very intelligent engineer that I worked with years ago. As I talked about the evidence for God, he didn’t argue with me about the veracity of the claims I was making. Instead, he said he simply didn’t care whether I was right or wrong.

Mark Gauthier, executive director in the United States for Campus Crusade for Christ, believes that many today don’t decide whether to accept a teaching on propositional arguments and proof, but rather they want to see how it will impact them. In one group of college-aged unbelievers he worked with, Gauthier asked them if they would become Christians if he presented iron-clad evidence that the gospel was true. He found that their responses started out as ‘yes’, but then went to ‘no, not really’ as they admitted to him that their real litmus test for believing was an evidentially pragmatic proof: “show me how this can change my life; let me see someone else who has found that it works for them”.[1]

The last presentation in the Essentials of Apologetics series focuses on this “so what?” question of Christianity and compares the answers atheism and Christianity give to the four key questions of life:

  1. Where did I come from?
  2. How should I live?
  3. What is my purpose in life?
  4. What happens to me when I die?

The differences are stark, meaningful, and showcase why Christianity is indeed life changing for those who receive Christ.

[1] Mark Gauthier, “Church/Campus Connections: Model 2” in Telling the Truth, Evangelizing Postmoderns. D. A. Carson, general editor (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000), pg. 207.