Today’s Christian students can be certain of enrolling in at least one course in college with an atheistic professor whose goal is for them to give up their faith by the semester’s end. They will be slammed with arguments against the existence of God, the historicity of Jesus, and the reliability of the Bible. They would be called to embrace the dogma of Darwinian Evolution, or be vilified as “bigots” or “fundamentalists.” Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible History, Philosophy, and Science (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2010) is a resource for the Christian student to give an answer for their faith (1 Pet. 3:15).
What is helpful about Evidence for God is it offers responses that are concise and straight to the point. One does not have to wade through extended discussions but can easily get the essential core of the issue being discussed. Since the book is divided into four sections: The Question of philosophy, The Question of Science, The Question of Jesus, and The Question of the Bible, users can easily find information they seek.
David Wood in his chapter on the explanatory power of theism and atheism puts things into perspective in stating: “If atheists expect theists to take the denial of theism seriously, they must offer a hypothesis at least as powerful as theism. Yet atheism can’t explain even the most basic facts about the world” (46). Not only does Atheism fail to offer reason to abandon Christian belief in Christ and the reliability of the Bible, but it also is unable to offer explanations for the origin of the universe, the fine tuning earth for life, the origin, diversity, and complexity of life, human consciousness, and objective moral values.
One of the specific challenges for the Christian church is to have their students grounded and equipped to meet the spiritual challenges in colleges and universities. In many instances, Christian students entering into college are unprepared for this spiritual battle. In what ways can the body of Christ help equip students to stand for truth? What advice would you give to a student or a senior high school youth leader?
— CRI Research Staff
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