What do you think?
What do you think?
If your a male under 25, know what ESPN is, and owned a television at some point in your life, it wouldn’t be a stretch to make the claim that this “call out” scene in the Sandlot could quite possibly be the highlight of your childhood. For those unfamiliar, tensions have been rising all film as the “rag-tag” Sandlot misfits have been the laughing stock of Phillips and his prissy group of talented sluggers. The product of a relentless exchange of insults, Ham “the great bambino” Porter has seen enough and takes a stand against Phillips and his preppy followers by doing the unthinkable. Porter is enraged after having just been told that he “bobs for apples in the toilet, and likes it!” Regaining his composure, he responds with the infamous line, “You play ball like a giiiirlllllllllll!”, as the camera’s pan the field and illustrate the magnitude of the proclamation. Nearly buckled at the knees and fumbling for words, Phillips ups the anty replying, “Tomorrow. Noon, at our field. Be there, buffalo-butt breath.” As the scene concludes with Porter accepting the challenge, the boys part ways with their chest’s held high. There is something about a challenge, a ‘mono y momo’, 1 v 1 showdown that jiggles the heart of all of us. Whether in old Western’s, Disney Movies, or out in our own front lawns, these “call outs” seem impossible to elude or ignore. Incredibly similar to this scene in the Sandlot seems to be the current and historical relationship between the Theists and Atheists. Constantly bantering over a host of topics in which they disagree, debates seem to be the by-product and spectacle in which people around the world can gather to observe these intellectual giants “take the plate.” Backing down to a debate request is like keeping a wall post from your great-great-second removed-great grandparents about the time you wet yourself at Christmas dinner on your Facebook profile. Its a no-no.
To the astonishment of many in the field, the very prominent and respected atheist intellectual Richard Dawkins has turned down not one, but four recent debate offers to debate William Lane Craig this fall at Oxford University. Arguably the most notable names from each side of the coin, a debate between Craig and Dawkins would be one for the ages, a “can’t miss” spectacle. Though the tides are recently changing, the majority of our world still without question holds the false assumption that Christianity has no business in the ring the greats in the scientific and philosophical realms. Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, recently debated Craig at Notre Dame and in his opening statements admittedly stated that Craig “is the one Christian apologist who seems to have put the fear of God into many of my fellow atheists.” In light of the student and scholarly reviews of the Harris-Craig debate, one wouldn’t be stretching to suggest that Harris may have left that debate a little “frightened” of Craig himself. Dawkins states in summary that his reasons for not participating in the debate are that “I have no interest in this.” For a man typically so quick to engage in argument and discussion, this debate refusal leaves many with the jaw dropping reaction much similar to the one seen in on the Sandlot. As far as statements by Dawkins go, this one is about as bold as it gets. The “banquet of the brains” has by many seemed one the Christians scarcely dine, could William Lane Craig be pulling up a chair?
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Vision enhancement even Lasik can’t offer
Opening your eyes underwater in the “kiddy” pool is a bad idea. If you don’t believe me, try it. Whether you’re trying to score points with your girlfriend’s mom by amusing her 3 year old brother you can’t stand, or playing the modern day “David Haselhoff” role at the aquatic center, the fact is that the 50:50 ratio of chlorine and water in those kiddy pools leave you emerging from the water with less than encouraging words. Rubbing your eyes just makes it worse and at this point your probably wondering why on earth you were there in the first place. I thought this blog is supposed to be about apologetics? Yeah, you’re right. But this very feeling of freshly exposed chlorine eyes is exactly the one I got when I was exposed to the importance of vision. Now before you think I sound like some kind of self help book that we can all agree doesn’t work, I’m not talking 20/20 vision here, I’m talking about another kind of vision, the lens in which we see not only visible spectrums of light, but the lens in which we see the reality of the world.
“What we need is a framework that ties everything together, that allows us to understand society, the world, and our place in it, and that could help us to make the critical decisions which will shape our future” *
We are all exposed to the “chlorine” of this world. Babies raped, bombs dropped, elderly robbed–You name it, this world has it. Every person under the sun has a lens in which they see this world which has seemingly lost its moral compass. When you see a 3 year old baby smothered in blood under a stack of debris after a tsunami roll onto the screen of your television, a response is not optional. Whether you cry, change the channel, or somehow rationalize to yourself how that its not that big a deal, each one of us see’s these things through a different “lens.” The board room executive on the 12th story of a multi-million dollar facility is probably going to respond to the death of this baby a little differently than the mother who is weeping over it. As brutal the comparison may seem, the point is we all have on the glasses, and your viewing this world whether you like it or not.
Your glasses might seem pointless when viewing things up close, but what about those things that seem to be to far away to see or perceive? When someone asks what your purpose in life is, how you got here, or even the really hairy one, what happens when you die, how do you respond to those questions? I think we can agree that the glasses we have on that view the world are a little more important than grandma’s cheaters you knocked off the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Each and every one of us has thought at one point about these questions, and for some reason every time we think about them, it becomes eerily apparent how important the answers to these questions really are. But that doesn’t matter now. It’s all good. Ill worry about that next year. I can’t imagine I’m alone on this, but when the big questions present themselves they aren’t always fun to entertain. Its easier to procrastinate, and the answers are always like trying to grab a wet bar of soap. I don’t mean to play on anyone’s emotion here, that’s not what apologetics is all about. But what if the answers to these questions are out there? If you find yourself already losing hope on finding those answers, I’m confident to tell you that there are answers. From professions ranging from philosophy and science to art and zoology believe that the lens God has revealed to us in the Bible is the one that most accurately illuminates those answers you desire most. The best part, there’s evidence to believe it. Yeah, there is evidence the Bible is more than a book. If you want answers, check back tomorrow, were just getting started.
Appreciate your time and/or patience with whatever it is I have to say!