S01:E08 -Star Wars Part 4 – The Philosophy of Star Wars

Average Smart Guys

Join us for our fourth and final episode in our four-part series in which we discuss the many aspects of Star Wars. In this final episode we discuss the philosophy and subtle nuances of religion in Star Wars.

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Do you have faith in your knowledge of Christianity?

This quiz is featured on my news app while I was skimming this morning. Thought it would be fun to do and I was curious because it was posted by CNN. Unsurprisingly, it has almost nothing to do with the Bible or Jesus. A lot of it is random cultural trivia. It’s all interesting and there are a couple of hard biblical questions, but this quiz overall has nothing to do with actual Christianity. It is merely a gimmick to advertise their shows. While they may be interesting and insightful, it is truly sad and an indictment to Christians how many people don’t know much about true Christianity. Many of us may be ignorant of true precepts of our faith, and we need to work diligently to remedy this in our own lives and to promulgate the gospel so others can truly know Jesus.
Quiz: Do you have faith in your knowledge of Christianity? – CNN


Conclusion of Arguments for the Existence of God

This post will conclude the series on arguments for the existence of God. My main purpose in sharing you these videos created by Reasonable Faith is to expose these arguments to those who may not have heard of them before. If you have not viewed them, then feel free to click on the links below to my posts about them:

The Fine-Tuning Argument for the Existence of God

The Moral Argument for the Existence of God

The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God

Leibnizian Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

The Kalam Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

None of these are the ultimate argument to end all arguments. It would be great if there was. Alas, there is not one, and we have these arguments at hand. They each have a rich history of being used, argued against, and counter argued. Stand alone, one does not do much but provide a piece of evidence for the existence of God. Together, they provide an even larger piece of evidence to help one see the reasonableness in believing in the existence of God.

I agree with Dr. William Lane Craig when he says whether these arguments stand or fall is not a statement about the existence of God. It’s a statement on my ability to present them and help someone believe, or they simply didn’t work for you for whatever reason. These arguments are tools to help show the reasonableness of belief and truth of Christianity. Our foundation of belief should not be upon these arguments. Instead, it is the work of the Holy Spirit that convicts us to believe and know the truth of Christianity (Reasonable Faith, ch. 1). Whether these arguments work or not, it is the self-revelation of the Holy Spirit that affirms the truth of God’s existence. We should not be ignorant and disregard arguments and logic to help confirm our faith and show the reasonableness to believe to others, though. The Holy Spirit may very well use our witness and presentation of these arguments to convince someone of the truth.

In my opinion, the Moral, Fine-Tuning, and Kalam Cosmological arguments are the strongest ones available to us. The Moral Argument draws upon philosophy and experience to help us see that God exists. More specifically, that if objective moral values exist, then an objective standard, i.e., God, must exist. But in our age, most people want or need science for them to form solid beliefs about the world around us. The Fine-Tuning and Kalam Cosmological arguments draw upon science. We know that if certain constants in our universe were changed, then it would be very unlikely that existence would be possible. But who or what set those constants? There are different theories of how the universe began, but we have to remember that theories are are just that. I don’t say that to dismiss them. Rather, that theories are based upon facts, evidence, and sound reasoning, but they are not necessarily undeniable. One theory may make more sense to you than another. If only evidence could be found to ultimately prove one over the other. Instead, we use our faculties of reason and the evidence at hand to conclude which is more probably correct. It makes more sense to me using the tools of science and philosophy that there was a beginning of the universe and that beginning needs a cause. These arguments provide stronger evidence for the existence of God than the others.

In conclusion, I hope these arguments help believers affirm the truth confirmed by the Holy Spirit with logic and reason as well as faith. Also, I hope these arguments are used to help show the reasonableness to believe in the existence of God and in Christianity. This series was meant to merely expose these arguments to those who may not have heard of them. I encourage you to research them further by reading Reasonable Faith or other resources (which there are plenty in existence). I would also encourage you to read differing views as well and not just those that confirm your views. Craig does well to present counter arguments to these arguments, but it is helpful to read different and opposing views as well. At the very least, it will help to sharpen your own apologetic skills. Do not be discouraged when these arguments to succeed. Craig says, “Success in evangelism is simply communicating Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God. Similarly, effectiveness in apologetics is presenting cogent and persuasive arguments for the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.” (Reasonable Faith, 60). Have faith and pray for others’ lives to be changed by God.