If you were born in the UK, then your religion (if any) would probably be Christian. If, however, you were born in Morocco, you would probably be a Muslim. This shows (so the argument goes) that religious belief is not something that determined by a calm consideration of the evidence, but rather by where, and by whom, you were raised.
There is, however, a rather glaring problem with this argument, in that it applies to the pluralist who thinks that all religions are equally valid (or equally invalid). …
A famous Indian fable tells of a number of a blind men who try to describe an elephant. One, touching its side, declares that it is ‘like a wall’. Another, feeling the tusk, think that it is ‘like a spear’. Yet another, encountering its trunk, says that it is ‘like a snake’. Other contenders are ‘like a fan’ (the ear), ‘like a rope’ (the tail) and so on.
The intended moral of the story is clear: no-one has a monopoly on the truth. …
When advocates of same-sex relationships seek to build a biblical case for their point of view, what are the main arguments they advance, and how might we respond to these?
1. ‘It’s different when you get to know gay people personally’
Some people change their views about homosexual behaviour when they get to know gay people personally. Now it’s very important to us to get to know fellow-sinners of all stripes. And we are much less likely to demonise people once we find that they too are human beings and not just ‘objects’. …
In a recent article in Evangelicals Now, Andrew Baughen reports on a gathering of UK evangelists with Tim Keller. The Clerkenwell Sympsium, as the gathering was called, explored an approach to evangelism that seeks to uncover the various barriers to belief and to suggest ways of overcoming these, so as to lead a person, using a conversational approach, towards an understanding of God’s point of view.
A. RELATIONSHIP BUILDING – Go to people as Christ’s ambassador
Lock 1: Truth suppressed by wickedness (Romans 1.18)
Unbelievers avoid Christians when they know they will be challenged about their lifestyle.