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(A small-group study guide for: The Reason for God, Chapter 3) [Ice breaker: For those of you who are married, how did you first know you were in love? Write down your answer and save it. Towards the end of this study, we’ll get back to it.] Introduction Objections I...Read More
What About Doubt? Doubt is the opposite of faith. Regardless of what religion or worldview one holds, everyone’s faith is mixed with a certain amount of doubt as well. Dealing with our doubts is quite important—perhaps equally important as dealing with our faith. [Discussion: What could happen to those holding...Read More
Moral Secularists The vast majority of secular people are moral secularists. Let me ask you question: Do you believe in human rights? Do you believe that it’s wrong to torture babies just for the fun of it? If so, you are a moral secularist living by faith. I will explain...Read More
What Is Religion? NOTE: Throughout the text you will bracketed purple text insertions that begin with the word “Discussion”. These are suggested discussion questions for small group leaders, who would like to go through these topics in an interactive group setting. Before we can study any sort of claims about...Read More
4. “What Matters Is To Believe In God And To Be A Loving Person” [Discussion: What potential issues do you see with this objection?] This objection is itself a very narrow and exclusive religious belief. Furthermore, it makes many assumptions that are taken out of “thing air”. It assumes God...Read More
In today’s world, Christianity truth-claims shock many, especially those living in western societies. Uncertainty and doubt are regarded as virtues, where-as claiming to know any truth, especially in religious matters, may be regarded as arrogant or even hateful. With this in mind, what does one make of Christianity’s claim that...Read More
Why Did God Allow Evil And Suffering To Come Into Existence? They Are Bad! [Discussion: Any thoughts on why God allowed evil and suffering to come into existence?] Even though we can understand that evil and suffering are not created things, but rather a corruption or lack of something perfect,...Read More
Evil And Suffering: A Valid Concern From A Theistic Perspective. As we have just seen, it’s difficult to make evil and suffering a concern from an atheistic perspective, but it is a more straightforward concern from a theistic perspective. Evil and suffering can’t disprove the evidence of physical and biological...Read More
[NOTE: Through-out the text you will bracketed purple text insertions that begin with the word “Discussion”. These are suggested discussion questions for small group leaders, who would like to go through these topics in an interactive group setting.] The Problem: How Can An All-Good And All-Powerful God Allow Pointless Evil...Read More
“Religion Causes Wars And Is Therefore Bad” This is a common assertion, but, as we discovered in the first part of this series (Everyone, Atheists included, is religious), the statement, “Religion causes wars and therefore religion is bad,” has a fundamental problem. We discovered that anyone who wants to make...Read More
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