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This Week’s Fast Facts

Fast Facts on responding to the accusation that Christians embrace the “God of the gaps” fallacy

  • Many skeptics accuse Christians of employing the “God of the gaps” fallacy by claiming we fall back on God as the answer for anything we don’t understand.
  • For example, philosophical Naturalists say Christians believe in the God of the gaps when we say God created the universe because we cannot imagine how else it came to be.
  • The truth of the Christian position, however, is not that we are employing the God of the gaps fallacy, but rather, we are making an inference to the most logical explanation.
  • Making an inference is a valid form of reasoning where one examines the evidence and moves in the direction of the best explanation.
  • As Christians, when we see evidence of design throughout the universe we infer the existence of an Intelligent Designer, a Creator. Thus, it is evidence that guides us to our conclusion, not ignorance.

For more information of responding to skeptics’ challenges, please see the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, available in our online store.

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Fast Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that the Christian Bible is corrupted and that their New World Translation is the only accurate version in spite of its numerous translation errors and documented changes over the years.

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses deny all of the major doctrines of historical, biblical Christianity, including: the Trinity, the deity of Jesus, the personality of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus’ work of atonement.

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses have a history plagued by false prophecies, including: the failed returns of Jesus in 1874 and 1914, the failed coming of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in 1925, and the failed prophecy that Armageddon would occur in 1975.

For more information on the Jehovah’s Witnesses please check out Dr. Carlson’s book Fast Facts on False Teachings available in our online store.

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