Jordon Peterson discusses why it’s easy to bash Christianity and why it doesn’t make you smart. Lively discussion of preserving not well explained heritage is important, the possible escaping the responsibilities that Christian lays on people, the meaning of sacrifice ancient and modern. He segues into the idea that idea of personal sacrifice to a benevolent God is a frightening concept. He finishes by saying the bashing of Christianity at the level of universities is a terrible thing. The level of cynicism is completely anti-humanity. Segement is about 10 minutes long and video starts at close to the beginning.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been active on social media. In that time, I’ve discovered that many atheists are active on social media as well and they often target me for my views on Christianity. I’ve learned much about many of their views, so this article offers some arguments to present my views in the context of theirs.
One discovery I’ve made is that many want “evidence” for my faith in Christianity. They don’t want to hear that many of the two billion Christians in the world have strong personal testimonies. This “anecdotal” evidence, even when considered collectively, is not enough. I told them that I could collect testimonies from a thousand people in my church to create an empirical study using subjective content analysis, which would analyze themes and patterns. They reply that they need physical evidence. Of course, they know that I can’t produce physical evidence of the metaphysical.
First ever Escaping Atheism hang out features our very own Andrew Stratelates and Max Kolbe. Max discusses his parent’s traditions of King James Bible fundamentalism on one side and Calvinist (Reform) Christianity on the other. Andrew and Max explore the difference between modern evangelicalism and orthodox Christianity, which has an apostolic tradition. (Defined in the hangout) The concept that accepting a belief alone brings salvation is linked to both atheism and evangelicalism.
Later in the hangout, Max and Andrew discuss rejecting the “traditions of men” as being a tradition itself, along with the hazards of attempting to read the Bible without greater context or education. Max also brings up evangelical young earth creationism. Towards the very end, Andrew and Max offer praise for parts of modern evangelical culture including being the more prominent keepers of traditional Christian lifestyles.