Responding to Criticisms of Christianity

"Hardly any comment thread on this blog is without someone blaming Christians and Christianity for war, slavery, oppression, sexism, intolerance, or whatever else is evil.  Bring up the value of Lutheran theology and you can count on accusations that Luther is responsible for Hitler and the Holocaust. So how should Christians respond to such criticisms?" - Gene Veith

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Nearly half of young adults with ties to Christianity say church can’t answer their questions: survey

New Barna Research: "Forty-seven percent of respondents with some connection to Christianity say they feel the Church 'cannot answer their questions' or spiritual doubts. According to the study, one in three young adults (32 percent) said 'hypocrisy of religious people' causes them to doubt things of a spiritual dimension.

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“There is no oughtness in a world that just is.”

"He wrote me an eloquent letter in which he used his training in philosophy to wonder out loud if Christianity is merely a set of Jungian archetypes, a set of myth-making stories that echo something deep in the human psyche that somehow over evolutionary millennia we have found useful. ...Here was my response." - Mark Ward

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William L. Craig and Christopher Hitchens: Does God Exist?

Christopher Hitchens in 2010 (Wikipedia)

On April 4, 2009, William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitchens met at Biola University to debate the question of God’s existence. Craig is one of the world’s foremost Christian apologists. The late Hitchens was a leading spokesman for the “new atheism” movement.

I was assigned to watch and critique this debate in my graduate apologetics class at Maranatha Baptist Seminary, long ago. I’ll always remember the pure intellectual joy I had when I watched this outstanding debate between two brilliant men. I’m still grateful to Professor Tim Miller (who now holds two PhDs and teaches at Detroit Seminary!) for tasking us with this assignment. 

This is Hitchens’ opening statement:

Here is the cross-examination between Craig and Hitchens, where dogmatic statements are tested by direct questions:

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