I have chosen to create a fresh outline for my quest to see if Christianity is Reasonable or not. This is the result.
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In my first post, “Is Christianity Reasonable or Not – Intro,” I stated that the Christianity I’m trying to examine has the following points:
- God created the universe,
- Humanity disobeyed God and brought a curse upon itself,
- Jesus was sacrificed to atone for humanity’s sins,
- And that there a future hope for believers in Christ.
And while I think this holds for a definition of basic Christianity, it did not give me any clarity as an outline.
I’ve been going through William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith and Norman Giesler and Frank Turek’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist for the last few weeks for inspiration. I found it by asking, “how did you get from God’s existence to Jesus is the Messiah so quickly? What steps did these works leave unexplored? Here’s where this led me.
- The existence of the universe can only be explained by an external cause.
- The design in the universe must be attributable to this cause.
- This God must match the description of a theistic, personal God as Christianity understands him.
- The Bible
- The Bible must be historically and logically accurate.
- The story of what went wrong with creation must be factually true (ie. rebellion against the moral wishes of God).
- Could the Bible be inspired?
- Morality and Free Will
- Can free will exist and does it?
- Is morality absolute or relative?
- Jesus must have existed and been killed.
- Logically and theologically, the story must make sense.
- Can the resurrection be logically and historically probable?
- There must be some sort of meaning in life and end goal.
- What does the Christian Bible teach about the meaning of life?
- What does the Christian Bible teach about death?
The Christian position must be factual, historical, morally consistent, and meaningful. This outline has enabled me to start focusing on where I need to do my writing next. I left off last time with how I came to believe that God created the universe using the cosmological argument and the failure of all conceived and future materialist arguments for the universe.
I will tie 1.2 and 1.3 together for my next post as I feel that alone, the design argument can be called a “God of the gaps” fallacy. Tied with the logical conclusion of the cosmological argument that a material universe cannot create itself or exist eternally, the design argument is useful. So we will use it (and other arguments) to understand what this “god” is that created the universe.
Again, for those new to this site, I am a skeptic seeking God. I want Christianity to be true, but I cannot believe without sufficient evidence. So far in my journey, I have come to believe in God, but I haven’t made progress beyond this yet. Thanks for joining my journey!