Thinking Out Loud

March 14, 2011

The “Public” Basis of Christianity

This graphic appeared on the weekend at Parchment and Pen, the blog of C. Michael Patton, and was picked up by a few other blogs as well.  While I’m sure that some atheists would find it convincing, we need to remember that the basis of Christian apologetics is not any single argument or piece of “evidence,” but the summation that happens when all the evidence is combined together.  (He had the graphics in the reverse order; I’ve switched it up here.)

The significance of this cannot be ignored.  In Acts 26:26 we read (Apostle Paul speaking):

(NIV) 26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.

(The Message) 26The king knows what I’m talking about. I’m sure that nothing of what I’ve said sounds crazy to him. He’s known all about it for a long time. You must realize that this wasn’t done behind the scenes.

The question is however: How compelling is this to someone outside the faith?

But don’t stop here… click either image above — or this link — to read the 150+ comments and discussion responses this has attracted.  (Comments which, at this point, have gone down the rabbit trail of comparing Mormonism to Orthodox Christianity, but hopefully will get back on track.)

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  1. David in Peterborough
  2. Issy in Cobourg
  3. Brian in Toronto

Despite a dominantly U.S. readership, all our winners were from Canada!

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