Re: [asa] What causes students to move from faith?

From: Roger G. Olson <>
Date: Fri Sep 08 2006 - 18:00:46 EDT

Interesting point, David (1, 2, or 3??)!

The difference between attending a Christian fellowship because of the
gimmick of pretty girls or because of the gimmick of a lecture on
pseudoscience curiosities, is that former 1) does not intend to conflate
the presence of pretty girls with the Gospel messsage, 2) will follow with
the true Gospel message that does not 3) insist that the teaser is
conditio sine qua non with the Gospel message.


>> >claimed ... that he has brought people to Christ (or seen brought)
>> based
>> on YEC apologetics.
> I have heard a couple of credible testimonies of men converted to
> Christianity from other religions who cited their initial motive for
> attending a Christian fellowship as because that's where the pretty girls
> were. A closer parallel would be people I know who were initally
> converted
> by a book or speaker with some significant theological problems. The fact
> that God is able to use all sorts of things in the process of bringing
> someone to Him does not show that these things are necessarily good or to
> be
> focused on.
> The ICR can also be quoted as providing a false gospel that includes YEC
> rather than salvation by faith in Christ alone. Some of their seminars
> teach how the doctrine of creation is "essential for evangelism."
> Another version from AIG is identification of evolution as "the" enemy.
> Even if it were an enemy, our sinfulness is the prime target of Jesus'
> work. If evolution were _the_ enemy, then Wells is right to claim that
> Jesus missed his goal of salvation.
> --
> Dr. David Campbell
> 425 Scientific Collections
> University of Alabama
> "I think of my happy condition, surrounded by acres of clams"

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