Outdated.  Unscientific.  Anti-intellectual.  This is one of the most consistent themes in surveys that ask young adults why they’ve abandoned their Christian faith.  Modern science, they say, makes the Christian worldview look like a relic of the past, an unenlightened, archaic mythology.  Modern science, they say, makes Christians look like naïve simpletons who must base their faith on a blind leap, irrational emotional experience, or intuition that defies reason—an “I believe because I know Jesus in my heart” kind of thing.  Modern science, they say, makes it impossible for any intelligent, scientifically-minded person to believe in Christianity.

Chip Ingram is a pastor in California.  He has a daily radio show called Living on the Edge.  Last week I was listening to the broadcast as he addressed the question: Why do so many young people leave the Church?  Statistics suggest that around seventy percent of those raised in the Church leave the faith by the end of college.  Chip gave this example as one explanation why: He was talking with a teen from his church.  She firmly professed to believe in Christ.  But, she said, “If you ask me to tell my gay friend she’s wrong, I’ll walk away from my faith first!”

A real reaction to real events.  Being a pastor, I’ve had many people share their grief with me.  There’s nothing more heart-breaking than the death of a loved one.  No matter how hard you try, you can’t escape the finality of it all, the suffocating loneliness, the unrelenting pain.

Why Did the Disciples Doubt When Jesus First Appeared to Them?

Three days after He was crucified, Jesus’ disciples claimed that they found the tomb He was buried in empty.  Last week, I showed how their initial reaction to discovering the empty tomb, doubt, reveals that the story is very credible.  To their utter humiliation—down through the ages—their initial reaction wasn’t a heroic faith that Jesus had conquered death, but instead, the clueless presumption that someone else must have moved His body.  This, however, wasn’t the most humiliating thing they did.

Can Doubt Prove the Empty Tomb

One evening, the fire department I was a member of at the time received a call for a house fire.  The police were reporting that people might be trapped.  Myself and another firefighter responded with the ladder truck and arrived at the fire several minutes before anyone else. 

Who Invented The Trinity?

The Da Vince Code claimed that the Divinity of Jesus—and hence, the doctrine of the Trinity—was invented at the Council of Nicea in 325.  I know, I know, it’s only fiction!  But so many people have accepted this claim as scholarly fact, it’s become a commonly held belief.  In this week’s blog, I’m going to continue to respond to some great comments I received that challenged the idea that the Trinity is found in the Bible.  But, unlike last week, I won’t assume that the Bible is the Inspired Word of God.  Instead, I’ll use the best, recent scholarship to show where the Trinity actually originated—spoiler alert: it wasn’t the Council of Nicea!

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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