Looking for material for your small group Bible study? I’m excited about the four-part video study based on my new book Christ or Chaos. It’s like a worldview analysis crash course. You can download it for personal use or for small group study here. The kit includes nearly two hours of teaching, an outline of the material covered, discussion questions, and more.
Here’s your weekend worldview reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.
∴ Reposted at The Gospel Coalition as “Don’t Like Diversity? You’ll Hate Heaven”
⊕ Investigating Easter: Did The Disciples Lie About the Resurrection?, Cold-Case Christianity (J. Warner Wallace)
⊕ The Message of Islam vs. The Gospel of Jesus, Gospel Coalition (Don Carson, et al.)
⊕ Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy?, Quartz (Olivia Goldhill)
⊕ What Is a Robot?, The Atlantic (Adrienne LaFrance)
⊕ The Old Stories, Story Warren (Glenn McCarty)
⊕ C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: A Biography, George Marsden
∴ Review: Interview with the author
⊕ One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics, Bruce Ashford and Chris Pappalardo
Nihilism says that nothing matters.
Easter says that everything matters.
Nihilism is the atheistic philosophy that recognizes the lack of an objective basis for morality or purpose apart from the existence of God.
If nihilism is true, we should eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die; Dust to dust, and all that jazz. This reminds me of the bleak lyrics of the Metallica song Nothing Else Matters:
So close, no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters
I never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else matters
If God doesn’t exist then Metallica is right, and the best we can do is live for ourselves, “Forever trusting who we are…and nothing else matters.”
But if God does exist things are profoundly different. If there really is something to Easter – a real event in human history – then everything matters.
Looking back at Easter we find purpose, significance, hope, and meaning for all who believe in Christ.
We have purpose and hope because of a historical event of a man named Jesus raising from the dead and proving his audacious claims of being able to forgive sins and offer Heaven.
Christians must not say, Jesus has risen and nothing else matters – but rather – Jesus has risen now everything matters.