My name is david and I just became a member of this forum yesterday, so obviously this is my first time posting. As the title of my post indicates, I do consider myself an evangelical Christian. However, the reason I joined this forum is quite simple really, as I will try to briefly explain below.
In short, ever since my senior year in high school (I am 21 years old) I have immersed myself in Christian apologetics. And, as many on this post are probably expecting me to say, this immersion ultimately led me to become a Christian myself. And, of course, I believe that the Christian apologetic is extremely powerful and can (or maybe a better word is “should”) hold up to the most critical of scrutiny.
Nevertheless, over the past year or so I came to the realization of something that has bothered me quite intensely I must admit. Namely, I realized that I have not heard many of the refutations brought forth by skeptics (forgive me if this is the inappropriate label to be using)to the arguments that I have come to find so powerful. Now, this is not to say I haven’t had personal conversations with skeptics myself, as I have had plenty. And, there has not yet been a time where I felt my position was comprised in any way. But even with this being the case, I would really like to have a forum (or relationship) where I can truly learn and understand the naturalistic viewpoint in its entirety—especially from those who seem to be very familiar with the arguments commonly proposed by Christian apologists.
My goal is to understand the refutations, and then to ask questions about them. Now, I realize that there are thousands upon thousands of issues, and it would take a lifetime to go through them all. As such, I started reading a book entitled “He Is There and He Is Not Silent”, written by Francis Schaffer. The book is pretty small and just deals with the main issues of metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology, arguing that only the Christian worldview truly conforms to reality. My plan is to post his main arguments that I find persuasive, and then hopefully learn from the members of this forum the naturalistic/skeptical response and refutation.
Anyway, if anyone would be willing to help me along in this process I would be very grateful indeed. I want to, in a way, re-examine those things which provide such security in holding to my Christian worldview, and I am hoping this forum may be able to assist me in doing this.
All the best,