My son, Daniel, who was attending his first year of college, came home one day and said, “Mom, you’re not going to believe what my professor said today.” Curious, I asked, “What?” Daniel answered, “He said, ‘Only ignorant and unlearned Christians still believe in a God who created.’” That statement should have been surprising to me, after all, America was founded as a Christian nation with Christian principles. Yet it was no surprise at all. Actually, this professor’s statement is typical of the kind of indoctrination that many so-call “opened-minded and educated people” are forcing upon our society today. But how truthful is this statement? Do “only ignorant and unlearned” individuals still believe in a God who created? Please consider the following:
First, in an article titled, Cosmology in crisis—a conference report, 30 concerned scientists published an open letter to the global scientific community in New Scientist in which they protested the stranglehold of the Big Bang theory on cosmological research and funding.
Second, Lee Strobel tells of a time in his book The Case for Christ when he was honored to be the moderator of a debate between William Lane Craig, Ph.D., D.Th., and an atheist selected by the national spokesman for American Atheists, Inc. In this debate Dr. Craig defended Christianity before a crowd of nearly 8,000, with countless others listening on more than one hundred radio stations across the country. Lee Strobel writes, “As moderator . . . I marveled as Craig politely but powerfully built the case for Christianity while simultaneously dismantling the arguments for atheism. From where I was sitting, I could watch the faces of people as they discovered—many for the first time—that Christianity can stand up to rational analysis and rugged scrutiny. In the end it was no contest. Among those who had entered the auditorium that evening as avowed atheists, agnostics, or skeptics, an overwhelming 82 percent walked out concluding that the case for Christianity had been the most compelling. Forty-seven people entered as nonbelievers and exited as Christians—Craig’s arguments for the faith were that persuasive, especially compared with the paucity of evidence for atheism. Incidentally, nobody became an atheist” (Strobel 277).
Third, in Creation magazine, June—August 2004, there was an article titled An Awesome Mind. This article goes on to examine one of Christianity’s foremost defenders, Jonathan Sarfati. This ignorant and unlearned Christian “obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry with two physics papers submitted (nuclear and condensed matter physics). His Ph. D. in Chemistry was awarded for a thesis entitled ‘A Spectroscopic Study of Some Chalcogenide Ring and Cage Molecules’. He has co-authored papers in mainstream scientific journals on high-temperature superconductors and selenium-containing ring and cage-shaped molecules.” His books Refuting Evolution and Refuting Evolution 2 have become best-sellers—standard reading for Christians who wish to be able to defend their faith. He and some friends co-founded the Wellington Christian Apologetics Society (www.christianapologetics.org).
What led Jonathan to become a Christian? It was logical reasoning, not emotion or a life crisis. Jonathan not only has a very logical mind, he also has an amazing memory for details. “A former New Zealand Chess Champion, he represented New Zealand in three Chess Olympiads, and he has drawn a tournament game with former world champion Boris Spassky. The International Chess Federation awarded him the title F.I.D.E. Master in 1988.”
While speaking at Answers in Genesis conferences and camps, Jonathan has become famous for accepting challenges against multiple chess players simultaneously, while blind-folded, against seeing opponents. The moves his opponents make are merely called out to him. At one challenge presented in Sydney, Australia, he competed against 12 opponents (blind-folded and with his back turned away from the boards) all at the same time. The following day when a scientist recalled a specific move from one of his opponents, Jonathan quickly corrected the man saying he was mistaken concerning which board had made that move. Link to the following site for the complete story: http://creation.com/an-awesome-mind-creation-magazine-jonathan-sarfati-interview.
Above material obtained from my Creation Versus Course: A Biblical and Scientific Study available for adults and youth on http://www.amazon.com.