Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Case for God Part One

I'll be preaching this weekend at Christ's Community Church in Portsmouth, Ohio as Revolution hijacks the church.

The topic is "Can We Make A Case for God?" and is part of CCC's new series on worldviews.

The first part of the sermon is lifted right from Tim Keller's magnificent work "The Reason for God."

In his chapter, "The Clues of God," Keller argues a number of points, which, by themselves, are not arguments that would bring any atheist to their knees in repentance, but when stacked on top of one another make a strong overall case for the existence of a creator god.

The first argument in the chapter analyzes the belief in a "big bang." The consensus among the scientific community is that the universe began with a big bang but Keller asks, "how did that happen?"

Keller quotes eminent scientist Francis Collins, the former head of the Human Genome project, who wrote:

"We have this very solid conclusion that the universe had an origin, the Big Bang. Fifteen billion years ago, the universe began with an unimaginably bright flash of energy from an infinitesimally small point. That implies before that, there was nothing. I can't imagine how nature, in this case the universe, could have created itself. And the very fact that the universe had a beginning implies that someone was able to begin it. And it seems to me that it had to be outside of nature."

Keller points out that the very contingency of creation strongly argues for a God. Now, this does not mean that it is the god of the Bible, but it is a start. More later but, once again, be sure to be there at the Saturday evening service (5pm) and stay for dinner and frank and open discussion about Revolution. Peace.