Street Epistemologist: Atheist in Disguise

Will you be ready for the challenge that is coming your way?

9781939578099_p0_v1_s260x420The 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…

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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7 Responses to Street Epistemologist: Atheist in Disguise

  1. Jim says:

    Wow, that is bold!

    I’m upset about this, but not surprised. In 2010 Barna came out with a disturbing report. It detailed how the church was dumbing down disciples. I wrote about it here: http://notforitchingears.com/2010/12/26/george-barna-the-seeker-sensitive-church-model-dumbing-down-disciples/

    We can thank the seeker-sensitive church movement for this. They have contributed to the exodus of young people out of the church, more than anything else!

    But will they listen? NO! They just keep planting more and more and more of these failed church models. 2+2= 4, everywhere except in our Seminaries!

    Like the Church in Sardis, they have a reputation for being alive but they are dead! “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die”

  2. *The evidence of our faith is a changed life; confidence granted by the Holy Spirit.*

    A good focus Mike, when we are Born again we show we have God’s seed or Nature…

    John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he “cannot ” go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    1 John 3:2 -7 Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    Jesus said to believe the Miracles that they show God’s reality but those in His own town did not believe so He could not do any Miracles, yes we limit God working in our lives by our unbelief, putting God into a box of our own understanding means we do not experience His Miraculous Power.

    Christan Blesings Anne

  3. The Lord's Blog says:

    Reblogged this on Jean'sBistro2010's Blog and commented:
    About the new word for Atheism. Street Epistemologist: Atheist in Disguise

  4. Excellent post re “faith without evidence”

    “Everything in the universe cries out to this truth. We are not saying that it requires faith without evidence.”

    Very sensible approach and more convincing than traditional “the Bible says so see it’s true” mantra. The realm of religion and the realm of science are on two different planes that do not intersect. One cannot be used to proves or disprove the other. The realm of the spirit and soul have no connection to empiricism.

    • mtsweat says:

      Exactly Carl. Well said. Striving for brevity often leaves some things needed saying left unsaid. Thanks for the pertinent nod.

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