On December 4th, world-class apologist and research professor, William Lane Craig (WLC) appeared on Fox News to discuss his latest book, A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on Christianity, God and the Bible. You can access more of WLC's articles, debates, and books at Reasonable Faith. I previously posted their latest, and very well done, clip on the cosmological argument here.
In this interview he offers a very brief snapshot of why it is important for followers of Jesus to have answers for why we believe what we do, along with his five primary arguments for the existence of God. Unfortunately, apologetics is often dismissed as unnecessary because, it is rightfully said, conversion to Christ is purely a work of the Spirit. However, without diminishing the key role of the Spirit in converting the human soul, God often uses means by which to awaken the lost. This is why we continually see the Apostle Paul reasoning (Acts 17:2, 17; 18:4,19; 19:9; 24:25) and persuading (Acts 17:4; 18:4,13; 19:8, 26; 26:28) his listeners to give their lives to Jesus. Here's an outline of the interview:
"Why is it important to have an answer for what we believe?" (@ 1:05)
#1 Having reasons for what we believe is necessary if we're to make a cultural impact on American society we need to give reasons for what we believe that are acceptable to a secular audience.
#2 Having reasons for what we believe is necessary for your own faith. If faith is just based on emotions and feel-good thinking you're going to ride roller coaster of emotions.
#3 Having reasons for what we believe is necessary for winning unbelievers to Christian faith in our culture today. People are much more apt to respond positively to the gospel when presented with reasons.
"What reasons do you offer to explain and defend the existence of God?" (@ 4:30)
#1 God is the best explanation for the origin of the universe at a point in the finite past.
#2 God is the best explanation for the fine-tuning of the universe for intelligent life.
#3 God is the best explanation for the existence of objective moral values and duties in the world.
#4 God is the best explanation for the historical facts concerning the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
#5 God can be personally known and experienced.