Wednesday, November 16, 2011

the world needs more Cliffe Knechtle's

Back in Jesus's time, it was common for people to gather around outside in public and discuss theology.  Today it is a rare occurrence.  Thank God (literally) for Cliffe Knechtle, Tom Short (, and others like them.  They bring the important issues in life to the forefront.  I have always felt that travelling open-air campus evangelists provide the best free events on campus.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cliffe knows when he doesn't know

One characteristic of Cliffe which I greatly respect is his willingness to acknowledge when he doesn't know something.  Unfortunately, Cliffe doesn't know the answers to a lot of fundamental questions about Christianity.  But I don't fault him for this.  Christianity itself is silent or ambiguous on many fronts.  Here are a couple:

Q: Why would God create mankind and the overall system He did when He knows beforehand that the majority of people wouldn't accept salvation and would end up in hell?
Q: Why does God allow animal pain, when animals aren't culpable for sin?

What's wrong with agnosticism or atheism?

One view that I believe Cliffe attacked last year at UT was agnosticism.  What is wrong with agnosticism?  In some sense, it is perhaps the most correct view from a reasoning perspective.  We perhaps can never know whether God exists, so agnosticism is a valid position to hold.

Even atheism is a valid position.  Atheism is NOT saying that God does not exist.  Atheism is a lack of belief in God.  They are two different things.  "Militant atheism", or "positive atheism", may be considered the assertion that God does not exist.  But atheism is not this assertion.  It is "a-theism", the lack of a belief in theism, the lack of belief in God.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Cliffe on UT campus

Come out any afternoon all this week on the West Mall of the UT Austin campus to see Cliffe Knechtle field questions about Christianity.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

good and bad

A couple good things about Cliffe's apologetics:

(1) Cliffe is honest when he doesn't know the answer.  He will say "I ... do ... not ... know".  Unfortunately, he doesn't know the answer to a lot of the fundamental questions of life and God.  But perhaps no one has these answers either.

(2) Cliffe knows how to recognize and challenge the illogical but common belief of college students in moral relativism.  He fields a lot of different questions which all boil down to a belief in moral relativism, which is self-contradictory.

And one that's not-so-good:

(1) Cliffe uses the Kalam Cosmological Argument, that belief in God is justified because the universe began to exist, and everything that begins to exist has a cause.  This argument is flawed because the Big Bang doesn't mean that nothing existed before that.  There are many models, some with impressive science and math behind it, that have the Big Bang as just one event in a much longer, or infinite, timeline.