By: Rice Broocks
“Faith in God is rising, yet so is skepticism. The evidence for the existence of God must be grasped and clearly articulated to answer this challenge,” says author Rice Broocks. “The success of the atheistic agenda is mostly due to the fact that the theistic responses to atheists’ claims have not been widely circulated.” It’s time to change that!
As a Christian and a pastor, I strongly believe that God exists, and I also believe along with the author of this book that philosophy, science, history and theology all form strong arguments for God’s existence and His presence in our lives. Over the past couple of years, I have seen (and even read) some of the different atheistic books that have been written specifically with the purpose of trying to erode people’s faith in God, such as Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. I have also read many great Christian apologetic books that have defended the faith and the existence of God, from CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity and Josh McDowell’s Evidence that Demands a Verdict, to Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ.
I can honestly say that this is currently my favourite book on apologetics for the twenty-first century. As David Aikman, former senior correspondent for Time magazine wrote, “This is quite simply the most concise, punchiest, and wide-ranging argument for the existence of God and the truth of Christianity that has been written in recent years.” He deals with everything from scientific evidences for God and creation (over and against the false theories of evolution and the Big Bang Theory) to the veracity of the Bible, and proofs for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In my humble opinion, this book is a must-read for all believers who want to be strengthened in their faith in God!
What follows are some of my favourite quotes from this book. May they encourage and inspire you today with the truth that God’s Not Dead!
“Christianity has been successfully attacked and marginalized… because those who professed belief were unable to defend the faith from attack, even though its attackers’ arguments were deeply flawed.” (William Wilberforce, Real Christianity).
“Make no mistake; the atheists present their case with great fervor. They assert there is no rational proof for the existence of God, the Bible is a book of fairy tales and contradictions, and religion in general is a bad thing.”
“The arguments atheists use against God quickly disappear like a mirage when they are answered by learned believers such as CS Lewis.”
“The pretense of many atheists is that somehow they don’t really possess any presuppositions. They project this air of objectivity, arguing with Socrates, “Scientists follow the evidence wherever it leads.” Unless, of course, it leads to God.”
“Real faith is not blind. It is evidence-based and requires all our efforts in pursuit of the truth. God requires that we not bury our heads in the sand but open our eyes to behold the evidence of Him all around us. He calls us to use our reason and intellect (Isaiah 1:18; Matt. 22:37) as we develop a faith that is credible.”
“The existence of evil is not evidence of God’s absence in the universe but evidence of His absence from our lives.” > my favourite quote in the book!
“The opening statement in the Bible, recorded over thirty-five hundred years ago, makes a scientifically accurate claim that there was a beginning to everything. Cosmologists (physicists who study the structure and origins of the universe) came to agree that there was an initial moment where everything, including space and time, came into being.”
“One of the most astonishing pieces of evidence for the existence of God is called the fine-tuning of the universe. This refers to the incredible calibration of the vast number of variables that had to have precise values to allow for a life-permitting universe such as our own. Only if a Designer had specifically created our universe with the intention of supporting life would we exist.”
“The name anthropic principle stems from the Greek word for human beings, male or female, anthropos… The principle in essence states the universe was designed for conscious life to emerge…”
“In order to dismiss the evidence for fine-tuning, a large number of atheists appeal to the concept of a multiverse. The multiverse is the hypothesis that our universe is one of a virtually infinite number of universes. Atheists argue that in such a multiverse it is mathematically possible, by chance alone, that one of the universes would exhibit all the just-right features for life, including humans. This idea shows how desperate many are to embrace any alternative to the overwhelming implications of the fine-tuned universe. The multiverse theory is not testable or observable; it must simply be assumed without any evidence of it.”
“Discovered in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is an instruction manual for operating any living thing… The probability it could have happened by chance is staggering… The most accurate statement about us as humans is, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
“Evolution is certainly observable within a species or genus… This type of evolution is called microevolution… The theory that this process could eventually cause one species to evolve into another significantly different one (like a fish becoming an amphibian) is macroevolution. The former has been clearly observed; however, the latter has no experimental or observational support… Contrary to the current tenets of evolutionary dogma that pervade modern science, no conclusive evidence has been presented that all of life arose from a common ancestor by an unguided natural process.”
“A last assault on design is the argument from imperfection… However, such examples, even if genuine, do not challenge the notion of design any more than rust on a car indicates that the entire car was the product of the blind forces of nature. A car can be designed and built by intelligence, but a multitude of factors can lead to its breakdown or malfunctioning. This breakdown due to human error or environmental impact does not prove it was not a product of intelligence.”
“The fact that certain functions of life are irreducibly complex, meaning that they can’t function without all the parts present at once, points to the presence of an Intelligent Designer.”
“When you tell people there is no God, that they are just animals that have evolved from lower life forms and are the product of random chance, you offer them little hope for deriving any sort of ultimate meaning out of that philosophy.”
“Remember, science itself rose out of the Christian worldview that the world was rationally understandable and could be investigated and understood because God existed.”
“If Darwinian evolution is really the true story of our origins and we were not designed or intended as anything special, then we must also jettison any notion of having any special place in the universe.”
There’s a great section at the end of the book that talks about The Grace Effect – some of the many practical benefits of religion (Christianity) on the world, including: the dignity of life, protection of children, elevation of women, abolition of slavery, education, charity, care for the sick, ethnic unity, liberty and freedom, and the strong serving the weak, to name a few.
“Science rose out of a Christian worldview, and so did education, hospitals, charity, and the concept of individual liberty… The living proof of God’s existence is the continued testimony of His working in the lives of people around the world.” Amen!
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