Will you be ready for the challenge that is coming your way?
The term, Street Epistemologist, had never been heard by my ears, but I assure you, not only will I again hear it, so will you. Well, at least if you are obedient in your effort to carry the gospel to the nations.
The new atheists have chosen to adopt this term for reasons obvious. Attached to this moniker is the intent to proselytize the faith masses by intelligently diffusing what they will label, “belief without evidence.” It is working by the way; else I wouldn’t waste my time giving them precious advertising bytes.
From Amazon’s listing of the book above (you can easily get there on your own), I read one reviewer’s encounter using this technique, whereas the disciple of the SE venue approaches a believer, but strategically finds one in the midst of other younger believers. The conversation, admitted by the disciple of Street Epistemology, probably didn’t thwart the confidence of the senior of the group, but the younger of them most definitely found the evidence argument difficult to dispute. These disciples of atheism are very upfront in sharing that it is the younger generations they are after.
Friends, there is a reason we are commanded to study to show ourselves approved and to always be ready to give a defense for the faith we hold dearly to.
Today’s atheist is no longer content to reside in their unbelief all alone. They believe they are doing the world a justice to disarm every branch of belief in a deity. It is an uniquely new foe that the enemy is bringing against the gospel.
Although the SE will attempt to show we believe in the intangible, that is just not the case. When Christians say we have faith, we must understand exactly what we mean by that. We are not saying that it requires faith to believe there is a God. Everything in the universe cries out to this truth. We are not saying that it requires faith to believe that a man named Jesus lived, died, was buried, and rose on the third day. There is a substantial defense for these facts that requires little if not probably no faith. Our faith isn’t even in the questioning of whether the Bible is the Word of God. It has proven and is still proving to be the inspired message of truth. History defends its veracity.
When we say we have faith, and that faith is a requirement for salvation, we are saying that we are placing our faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection, as being sufficient to meet the just demands of a Holy God. Simply put, we believe Jesus died for our sins and rose victoriously as evidence of God’s approval, and that this graceful act of God gives us new life where there was before only the curse of sin. The evidence of our faith is a changed life; confidence granted by the Holy Spirit.
At the root of the cause for the SE’s successfully mounted attack against faith is easily detected as our laziness to invest in knowing what we believe and why we believe it. Challenges heartily requested…