Friday, September 09, 2005

Some Links

I recently mentioned a DVD by Brian Flemming titled "The God Who Wasn't There". It's a documentary that argues against the existence of Jesus. Earlier today, J.P. Holding posted a review of it.

And J.P. Holding has recently linked to a new web site, which has a lot of good material, including audio and video files featuring Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, William Craig, Os Guinness, etc. There are audio and video debate files there, too.

Agape Press recently had an article on the spirituality of college students. Parents ought to read it:

Are teenagers and college students secure and confident in their religious beliefs? This topic is where the biggest differentiation is observed. Only 19 percent of teenagers have "some" or "many" doubts, while 80 percent say they have very few to no doubts at all! Contrast this with the mere 42 percent of college freshmen who state they are secure in their religious beliefs. As far as the juniors are concerned, "Two-thirds (65%) report that they question their religious/spiritual beliefs at least occasionally (18% frequently), and a similar number (68%) say that they are 'feeling unsettled about spiritual and religious matters' at least 'to some extent.'"

There is no denying that college is a place where doubt creeps into the faith of young adults. Unfortunately, the statistics show that over time the doubts do not fade away; rather, they multiply. It may begin with a comment from a friend, a lecture by a professor, even a monologue from a movie, but when the doubts get ignored this could eventually result in skepticism. When one's worldview begins to crumble, that person's outlook on reality and identity becomes smeared -- and unless some external force steps in to help, they will be trapped in this tangled web of doubt.

It's not enough for parents and church leaders to have their teenage children wear WWJD bracelets and play basketball on Wednesday nights after listening to a Bible lesson for ten minutes. If your teenagers can understand algebra, social studies, and chemistry, then they can understand detailed issues of theology, apologetics, and church history as well.

Finally, here's a link to something disturbing. Don't say I didn't warn you.