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Making Truth a Project

28 Sep

Today I joined 30,000 or so people in The Truth Project (TTP) a live simulcast led by Del Tackett. TTP is Focus on the Family’s focus on the Christian worldview. I enjoyed Tackett’s presentation. He was far less militant than some of the other Christian worldview ministries I have encountered. He seemed to touch on the important issues of truth and reality in a way that honored the Scripture and engaged a naturalist/materialist worldview. TTP’s tagline is “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?” Clever. Really.

Tackett is a good communicator—winsome, knowledgeable, passionate. He knows his stuff, but he isn’t pretentious. His emphasis is not just information, but transformation. (Hmmm transformation, sounds familiar. I think somebody has written on book on that subject recently.) Here is a video promo for TTP:

I received a set of DVDs which includes 12 lessons for small group study. I am going to talk to my Home Group about going through the small group material maybe next year. It is important for Christians to think about their thinking. Everyone has a worldview, a way in which they see and interact with the world. It is easy for our Christian worldview to be skewed with unbiblical ideas and so it is time well spent to think through how we think.

Tackett did a good job of exposes some of the weakness of a naturalistic worldview. He quotes Carl Sagan as saying, “The cosmos is all there is and all that ever will be….The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff.” Sagan represents the naturalist view of reality, i.e. everything that is exists within a box of material “star stuff.” If you believe that everything–including humanity–is self-gernerating and there is no transcendant creator then there can be no meaning in life, no concept of justice, or love, or beauty.

This of course is the classic theistic argument which I subscribe to. There can only be objective meaning from a transcendant source. Here are some thoughts I jotted down during one of the long announcement times during the simulcast:

If there is no creator God then where does meaning come from?

A naturalist would say that we create our own meaning (humanism), but that presents the question, “How do we know that our subjective meaning is right?” Or “what do we do when my menaing CONFLICTS with another’s meaning?” (e.g. terrorism, explotation, etc.)

The answer is simple: naturalists or humanist will cling to the values of (1) pluralism, (2) cultural relativism, and (3)tolrance. That is (1) there are a variety of belief systems present in our world, (2) each cultural ground defines it’s own moral boundaries, (3) we should accept people’s belief.

The problem is that each one of these values are a belief that cannot be proven in a laboratory. They are each a truth claim requiring confidence (faith?) in the naturalist.

Christian theism is still the only worldview that makes sense.

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else” — C.S. Lewis

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