8/01/2005 | Share this article: View Commentsby John W. Loftus
A Word About Life Without God.
Francis Schaeffer has initiated a Christian cultural apologetic based upon the human predicament. This apologetic, according to William Lane Craig, simply explores the disastrous consequences for human existence, society, and culture if Christianity should be false. [Apologetics: An Introduction (Moody Press, 1984, p. 31-53]. After noting what Pascal, Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, and Schaeffer said about the human predicament without God, Craig offers his own assessment.
According to Craig, if there is no God or immortality then man and the universe are doomed. It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have has no ultimate meaning no ultimate value and no ultimate purpose. The Biblical book of Ecclesiastes typifies this view. It is an amazing book of philosophy found in the Bible. And its overall themes are dead on. "All is vanity" without God ( under the sun ), in an ultimate sense. I now feel the force of that book like never before. It describes the plight of human existence.
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