Recently I came across an article written by a Christian research scientist and professor. The article examines the faith of the scientist since many atheists claim one cannot be a Christian and be intelligent too. The article is laid out in an outline form and was written up for use in the author’s church.
I wanted to add the article and ask for comments – what do you think about the claims of the author?
Can a Thinking Person Be a Christian?
Michael A. Covington – Beech Haven Baptist Church – 2006 June 13
1. When I was young, I thought that as I became more educated, I’d have to either abandon traditional Christianity or start ignoring evidence. As I grew older I learned that:
a. The claims of Christ survive all the intellectual tests I can put them to;
b. If they did not, they would not be worth believing.
c. Very few people have actually become non-Christians because of intellectual arguments. Mostly, they take it on authority that someone else has disproved the Gospel… or they fall away from Christ first and then look for rational justification. (Behavior first, then intellect.)
2. It makes no sense to be a semi-Christian, to just “draw inspiration” from the Gospel without actually believing it.
a. Why should I “draw inspiration” from Christ rather than somebody else?
b. Christ didn’t present himself as a source of “inspiration.” He claimed to be God. Either he was God, or he was not a sane man! (Some say he didn’t actually claim to be God. Well, his followers certainly thought he did, from a very early stage.)
3. So why shouldn’t I be a Christian? Some non-objections: