Andy received the following email in response to a Contradict tract a man was handed:
Hey Andy Wrasman,
Someone handed me a pamphlet about your movement! I read through it and I noticed a few problems. You say, "In light of these contradictions, all religions simply can't be true. They could all potentially be false, but they can't all be true" and I'm inclined to agree! However, if this statement about contradictions is true, how do you reconcile all of the contradictions among the Gospels like Joseph having different genealogies in Matthew and Luke, the date of the Last Supper which differs from the others in John, and the nature of Judas' death in Matthew and Acts? By your own logic, shouldn't the Gospels be viewed as false?
Secondly, you say in your pamphlets that "the original Gospels were written by eyewitnesses, or written by people who wrote using eyewitness testimony." The earliest Gospel, Mark, was written 30-40 years after Jesus died, allowing plenty of time "for myths to have crept into the accounts."
I know you're probably just trying to take advantage of fundamentalists who want to buy cool and edgy shirts and bumper stickers, but come on dude, you should be able to do better than this.
In this episode, Andy gives his response!
Andy watches an episode of CrashCourse, an educational channel on Youtube, that answered "The Problem of Evil". The answers from the show focus on a Theistic response to evil and the existence of God, which utterly fail to present the answer to the problem from a Christian worldview. Enjoy!
How can all-good and all-powerful God allow evil to exist?
Listen along as Jon takes a quiz that Andy created to help facilitate a conversation to answer this common and difficult question against the consistency of the Christian worldview.
Visit www.andywrasman.com and see the post for Episode 57 to access show links.
Episode 16 of Reconnect featuredguest, Ken Chitwood, sharing an article he wrote entitled,“Building Bridges: Toward Constructing a ChristianFoundation for Inter-Religious Relationships in the Shift fromReligious Privilege to Spiritual Plurality”. Thekey points for inter-religious dialog that Ken suggests are: payattention, find, and form, friendships, listen and learn, dine,dialog, and do together, discern, and witness to the worldview.
While I agree with many of Ken’s points to approachinginter-religious dialog, I have a different application of the term“building bridges”. I explain this approach in an articlethat I wrote for Reformation 21: “Embracing Religious Contradictions to ProclaimChrist Crucified: Tolerance andCoexistence”. Looking at Acts 17, I see how Paul knew thebeliefs and culture of those he was sharing the Gospel ofJesus. He made the presentation of the Gospel from startingwithin their belief system with a point of contact that he coulduse to make a connection to the Biblical narrative ofsalvation. I was given the opportunity to share this approachto evangelism at Brookfield Lutheran Church in Brookfield,Wisconsin. This episode contains that sermonmessage.
Senior pastor at Brookfield Lutheran Church, Robert Mrosko, was a guest onReconnect Episode 39, discussingStar Wars.
The building bridges technique I am advocating for is alsoshared in Episode 34: “Storytelling Evangelism”.