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Biola debate . . .
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This, in part, could be due to the main existence of God do not convert non- necessary. For without this basis of belief,
Hitchens called to mind that the mission of Christianity, which should believers, they do not invoke radical changes our very salvation is futile.
nonexistence of Santa Claus needs no proof. focus on saving lives rather than complex, in one’s life, nor do they even carry the scent o
Sufficient evidence lies within the inability intellectual conversations about God. of salvation. Nevertheless, these fruitful Charles Mendes is a junior at Westmont
to prove him being real. On the other Rarely does either side convert the other, aspects of Christianity are dependent upon College in Santa Barbara. He is double majoring
hand, Craig hardly claims proof of God’s and few people, if any, will be saved Him existing. This would suggest that in theology and pre-law, and plans on seeking
existence, but enormous evidence leaves simply by hearing a rational defense for apologetics are not only important — but more education in either of those areas.
him with a logical conclusion pointing in a Divine Creator. If sharing the gospel is
that direction. Christianity’s purpose, then such debates
The debate over the existence of God is certainly seem fruitless. However, this
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