We live in an age of flourishing skepticism, particularly when it comes to religion. Science is seen as the new arbiter of absolute truth and the “scientific-method” the only test of the believe-worthiness of any idea. The incredible popularity of thinkers such as Stephen Hawking underscores this flowering of the enlightenment enthronement of human reason. Hawking, who once quipped that “heaven [and the afterlife] were fairy-stories for people afraid of the dark,” nevertheless frequently left his own pay-grade in the narrow confines of mathematics and observable physics to declare metaphysical absolutes. It was this dimension of his writing and thinking that made him a pop icon.
Many skeptics today view religion, in general, and Christianity, in particular, as afraid of rational inquiry and apologetic challenge. From the view of the secularist, Christianity has circled the wagons, arrogantly assuming the “fairy tales” of the Bible are true while closing its eyes to all reason and evidence. Yet nothing is further from the truth. Real and vibrant Christianity hangs out a shingle that says, “Skeptics Welcome.”
Nowhere is this seen more dramatically than in the Biblical accounts of the resurrection. No point of Christian doctrine has been more thoroughly assaulted by skeptics than the resurrection. Yet every assault strengthens credibility. When the accounts are critically examined, it seems God took great care to surround the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus along with the subsequent discovery of the empty tomb with a vast body of evidence which can only be satisfactorily explained by Jesus’ resurrection. In many respects, the empty tomb is a sign that reads “Skeptics Welcome.” The stone was not rolled back to let Jesus out but to let skeptics in.
Join us this Lord’s Day, April 1, as we examine the account of the empty tomb from John 20 and consider an invitation to skeptics to examine and believe in the resurrection of Jesus. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.