Flashcards in The Absurdity Of Life Without God Deck (11):
What is cultural Apologetics? What is its proper place in building a case for the Christian faith?
- Apologetics based on an analysis of a post-Christian (post-theistic) culture. It simply explores the disastrous consequences for human existence, society and culture if Christianity should be false.
- It serves as an introduction to positive argumentation. It lays out the alternatives facing the unbeliever in order to create a felt need in him.
What two prerequisites must be met for life not to be absurd?
If life is not to be absurd then we must have God and immortality.
What three broad areas illustrate the absurdity of life without God? How do these differ from one another?
1. Meaning - it has to do with significance, why something matters.
2. Value - the difference with right and wrong, good and bad.
3. Purpose - it has to do with a goal, a reason for something.
Explain why life is meaningless without immortality and God.
Without immortality the universe ends in nothing and our efforts in life makes no difference to this outcome.
With immortality, but without God our lives can go on and still be utterly without meaning.
We need God and immortality, and if God does not exist we have neither.
Explain why life is valueless without immortality and without God.
Without immortality your life is unrelated to your destiny; there’s no one to hols you accountable.
Without God there is no objective moral values, only subjective and relative judgements.
Explain why life is purposeless without immortality and without God.
Without immortality your destiny is extinction and oblivion.
Without God there is no reason why you came into the world; you’re just an accident of a blind evolutionary process.
“I don’t believe in God, but my life is meaningful”
Belief in God is not the prerequisite for a meaningful life, it’s His existence that gives life objective meaning.
What is the practical dilemma faced by the atheist?
The practical dilemma is that he cannot live happily and consistently within his worldview.
(Schaeffer’s two-story universe)
What should you say to someone who responds to the dilemma by saying that moral values are just social conventions we can adopt to live together in harmony?
“You’re right, if God does not exist, moral values are just social conventions. But man cannot live as though morality were merely a matter of social convention, some things are genuinely right or wrong. It’s impossible for him to live consistently and happily with such a worldview.”
What should you say to someone who says, “You don’t have to believe in God in order to live a moral life.”
I’m not saying that atheists live and immoral life. It’s not the belief in God, but His existence that gives us the basis for objective moral values. We can be good without believing in God, but we cannot be objectively good without Him existing.
Also, Jesus didn’t came to make bad people good, Jesus came to make dead people live.