If you want to be able to train others — even if it’s just your own family — to be able to make the case for the truth of Christianity, you have to understand it yourself. There are plenty of resources out there that can help you do that. I will share the best ones I know of in the series of posts that follow. But before I start, I want to offer a “big picture” that you can always keep in the back of your mind as you think about the different categories of evidence. If you’re anything like me, pictures help do that. So, I have tried to simplify things in the diagram at right.
This is simply a way to organize the evidence in your mind’s eye.
Foundational Evidence For Theism
The brown categories at the bottom of the diagram offer us the basic evidence for the existence of some kind of a theistic God — a God who is real and interacts with the universe in which we live. I have boiled this down into three basic categories that give evidence for the type of God who is a personal, moral agent who must exist outside the physical universe, but is also able to act within it. The evidence contained in these three foundational categories is the only explanation for the following characteristics of our world:
- It is a world in which we all recognize that real, moral truths exist and that they are constantly being violated
- It is an actual, physical thing that came into existence sometime in the finite past
- Whatever/whoever caused the beginning of the universe could not have been a part of the physical universe itself
- It is designed to allow for, and sustain, the existence of living things
- Some of those living things are beings who have moral, mental, and physical attributes
Obviously, there is a lot to each of these topics and I will provide resources to support each of them, but the takeaway is simply that our claim to believe that there is a God is not based on some kind of wishful thinking or irrational hope. It is based on evidence — concrete evidence about the way the world actually is.
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