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Craig/ Hitchens debat oor God se bestaan lok duisende

20090405_110716_DebateTop_300Die geleentheid was uitverkoop. Mense het ure tougestaan om in te kom. Elke ouditorium op die kampus was volgepak, en daar was ‘n web-uitsending na 35 ander Amerikaanse state en 4 ander lande. Waarvan praat ons? ‘n Beroemde sanger? ‘n Sportbyeenkoms?

Nee, ons praat van ’n debat. Tussen Christopher Hitchens (Joernalis en skrywer van God is not great: How religion poisons everything) en William Lane Craig (Professor in Filosofie). En die onderwerp? Dit was “Does God exist?” (En party mense sê dat byna niemand meer in godsdiens belang stel nie!)

Mens kan seker die video koop, maar vir nou moet ek maar tevrede wees met opsommings soos Doug Geivett s’n, Rebecca LuElla Miller s’n, en Wintery Knight s’n.(As jy net een van hierdie wil lees, beveel ek Geivett aan.)

Dit is so dat mense nie vinnig hulle opinie verander in sake soos hierdie nie. Nogtans lyk dit of selfs ongelowiges erken dat Craig gewen het. (En party gelowiges hoop selfs dat hierdie vir Hitchens op die lang duur in bekering se rigting sal help.) Natuurlik het Craig se voorbereiding en debatsvernuf iets met sy oorwinning te doen, maar op die ou end kán hy só ‘n debat wen oor daar bewyse is vir God se bestaan.

En hierdie soort debatte gaan nie net oor die kop nie. Soos Rich Bordner daaroor sê:

The highlight of the debate for me was when Craig made an evangelistic appeal to both Hitchens and the non believers in the audience. Of course, Hitchens wasn’t just gonna bow the knee right there, but this underscores a proper view of apologetics: it is an evangelistic, missionary enterprise.
I frequently hear Christians dismiss apologetical ventures because “its all just arguing about words. You can’t win anyone to Christ with an argument. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. It’s all head and no heart and is totally irrelevant to my life.”
First, I think anyone watching tonight could see Craig’s character and fervent love for the Lord. I’ve seen the same for many Christian philosophers and apologists on the intellectual front lines. They are winsome and attractive ambassadors, as Koukl says. This puts that last objection (it’s all head and no heart) in it’s place.
Secondly, *nothing* in isolation can win someone to Christ without the Spirit, not even love or acts of service. But people are won over to Christ with arguments all the time when they are used by the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, they are quite potent.

Ja, daar is redes om te glo. En daar is redes om jou lewe aan Jesus oor te gee.