From the Middle Ages to the middle of the nineteenth century, the common belief in the western world was that God had created everything and that there was purpose in His creation. But, in the middle of the nineteenth century, a different world-view, a materialistic world-view, began to gain momentum. Materialism had been around since the time of the Greek philosophers, but advances in understanding of how the universe worked and the Darwinian theory of evolution appeared to give credibility to the idea (materialism) that all things can be reduced to matter, energy, and physical laws. Under this world-view, there was no need for a creator. God did not exist. There was no absolute standard for morality. In fact, the materialists? goal was to destroy the foundations of theism. This goal is alive and active today.According to the materialists, faith and reason are mutually exclusive. Reason is based on reality and science is the only reliable means for determining that reality. Faith is a matter of personal preference that has nothing to do with reality. The Church, to a great extent, accepted the separation of faith and reason and, in so doing, gave up the intellectual high ground it once held. As a result, materialism became the predominant world-view in the universities that were once Christian institutions, and from there, the materialistic world-view spread throughout public education and other institutions.
Faced with the materialist’s goal of destroying the foundations of theism, Christians must decide on a course of action. One course is continued acquiescence to the idea of separation between faith and reason. The other course is fighting back with the evidence that faith and reason are a unified whole and the basis for understanding reality. The second course is more difficult. It will require church leaders, Christian educators, parents, and young adults to get at least a basic education in the evidence that proclaims the reality that God exists and is the creator of all things, that the Bible is reliable, and that putting our faith in and glorifying Him is both natural and reasonable. The evidence is strong. This series of seminars will present it.
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