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Logical Fallacies with Kenneth Samples

This week is part 2 with Kenneth Samples, senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe, on logic and critical thinking. This week we finished talking about the laws of logic and then discussed three important logical fallacies. Listen and find out what you need to know about logic!

What do you think are other important logical fallacies? Comment below!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

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Logic and Critical Thinking with Kenneth Samples

Kenneth Samples, a senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe, joined me to discuss logic and critical thinking. Are Christians critical thinkers or emotional feelers? Listen as we discuss the need for Christians to think critically and discuss some of the laws of logic.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

Are Science and Faith Compatible?

Many do not realize that this apparent conflict comes from a worldview conflict. When understood correctly, there is no contradiction at all. In fact, faith should be based in the scientific evidence. Watch and see what I mean.

If you are interested in me speaking at your church or youth group, click on the Endorsements & Speaking page, look through the speaking topics or suggest your own, and contact me at contact@coffeehousequestions.com. I am happy to help in any way I can. God bless!

World Religions: Are they all true?

I had the opportunity to speak to a group of students on the topic of world religions this past Friday. I wanted them to have an understanding of objective truth, how to respond to relativism/religious pluralism, and then be able to ask questions to distinguish between religious claims. I hope you enjoy watching!

If you are interested in me speaking at your church or youth group, click on the Endorsements & Speaking page, look through the speaking topics or suggest your own, and contact me at contact@coffeehousequestions.com. I am happy to help in any way I can. God bless!

Why I Do Apologetics: Celebrating One Year Podcasting

February 28th marked the first anniversary of the Coffeehouse Questions podcast. So many exciting things have happened, and I can’t believe it has already been one year. On this week’s podcast I discuss some of the exciting events from my first year podcasting and then share changes within youth culture that keep me doing what I do. Thank you for the support and encouragement that you have given me the last year!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT. This broadcast is also being live streamed every Wednesday on Facebook Live at 5 PM PT immediately following the radio show.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

What is true freedom?

How would you define freedom?

Is it being able to do whatever you want?

There is a big theme that is going to come up this week as I start teaching my students about sociology tomorrow and how different worldviews look at it differently. One of the key ideas when it comes to Secularism is personal autonomy. This is the belief that people should have the freedom to decide what is right for their own life based on what makes them happy. The reason why this matters is that it isn’t only secular students who believe in personal autonomy. Many Christian students also think this is the correct definition of freedom. So, is this what true freedom is? Is it doing whatever makes us happy?

I don’t think it is. Dr. Sean McDowell says, “Freedom is having the capacity to do what you know is right.” You could also say that true freedom is having the ability to do what we were created to do.

Christianity teaches that there is a God who created us and gave us a moral law that we should follow. They aren’t just a “list of don’ts” like I discussed last week but are guidelines that create healthy living. They are also guidelines that give us freedom! But you may be wondering, how is someone free if they have to follow guidelines?

Think about a train for example. Is a train free when it is on or off the tracks? Even though it is “restricted” by the tracks, the tracks allow it to be free and to do what it was created to do. Leaving the tracks would destroy the train and make it useless. We also live in a free country but understand that there are guidelines. The laws of our country are what allow us to live in peace and be free to flourish.

So, is true freedom the ability to do whatever I want to do? No. We cannot do whatever makes us happy even if that is the message from our culture. Freedom is doing what we were created to do and doing what is right. This means that in order to truly be free, we first have to discover our purpose. After we know what we were created to do, we have to live it out and do what is right. This is what brings true freedom!

What are other definitions of true freedom that you have heard? Comment below!

How To Develop a Deep Relationship with God

I recently created a new talk titled “Everyone Has To Start Somewhere.” The purpose of this talk is to recognize that we all aren’t at the same level of relationship with God. Some of us haven’t started, others are just beginning, and some have a deep relationship. I discuss this idea in the recent blog, Everyone Has To Start Somewhere – Helping Students Deepen Their Relationship With God.

Since I wrote out the main idea from the talk before, I wanted to discuss it on the podcast. I hope you enjoy this week as I walk through a plan to develop a deeper relationship with God. If you like what you hear, remember that I am available to visit your church or youth group and share with you. Just visit the Endorsements & Speaking for more information.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT. This broadcast is also being live streamed every Wednesday on Facebook Live at 5 PM PT immediately following the radio show.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

Why Christianity Isn’t Just a List of Don’ts

One of the interesting aspects of Christianity is that it focuses on pursuing health rather than avoiding illness. This was the topic of a short discussion I had with my class today. Many times we think of Christianity only as a list of rules that help us avoid wrong behavior or keep us from having fun. This is what I hear frequently from students. However, this isn’t the goal. It isn’t focused on not doing wrong by creating a long list of don’ts. Instead, it is about living rightly and creating a lifestyle that is healthy. This is what I mean about pursuing health rather than avoiding illness.

The problem that many in our culture have with this message is that in order to create a healthy lifestyle and right living, we need things that are right and wrong, healthy and unhealthy. “Secularists, Marxists, and Postmodernists consider right and wrong to be burdensome because they hamper personal freedom.”¹ The reason for this is because most Secularists, Marxists, and Postmodernists consider themselves the highest authority. Their worldview says there is no religion or God they have to follow. This makes right and wrong relative to the individual, and no one can impose morality on another. This is what we are seeing in our culture today. “Who are you to judge?” A culture of relativism means a culture of no right and wrong, and this would allow people to have personal autonomy and choose whatever makes them happy. Is this really what is best?

I don’t think it is and here’s why.

We live in a culture with many rules that create right and wrong. And when we think about them, we see that most are in place to help us rather than hurt us. I have rules in my classroom not to limit my students’ freedom, but to create an environment of learning so that they benefit and grow. We have traffic laws not so the government can control us, but to protect us and create peace on the roads. Accidents and deaths generally happen when people are breaking the law. Take sports for example! Every sport has a long list of rules in order to make sure the payers are safe. Football has changed so much the last few years in because of their knowledge about concussions and health problems. We don’t see these rules as limiting the freedom of players but protecting them. Rules are there to pursue health rather than avoiding illness.

We also see this with a parent and a child. I don’t know any parent that allows their child to eat candy all day long and nothing else. Parents don’t force kids to each their vegetables to limit their freedom or to be burdensome. They also don’t do it just to avoid illness. Parents should do it because they want their child to be healthy. We also recognize that the child’s opinion on that matter really isn’t important because their knowledge is limited. The child says, “It tastes good. I like it. It makes me happy. So it must be good!” This shows that they don’t fully understand how things work. Parents, with their greater knowledge, create rules to pursue health for their children even when the child doesn’t understand.

The same is true for Christianity. We often look at our decisions and think, “It tastes good. I like it. It makes me happy. So it must be good!” However, we don’t fully understand the consequence of our decisions just like the child. Not everything that feels good is good, and not everything that feels bad is bad (Injections for example). Instead of a child and a parent, the true example is God and us. God has given us a list of right and wrong. It isn’t just a list of don’ts to limit our freedom and take away our fun, but they are guidelines that allow for a good, healthy lifestyle were we pursue doing right rather than merely avoiding wrong behavior.

It’s amazing what a slight change in perspective will do for a person when looking at rules.

¹ Jeff Myers, Understanding the Times, Summit Ministries

Do we live in a secular culture, and how should Christians respond?

I had fun recording the podcast this week with my roommate, Neal Hardin. He is a former metallurgical engineer who is now a current MA Theology student at Talbot. His passion is to find where the Bible speaks about political issues and to train up the church to think about political issues biblically. For this reason, I asked him to join me to discuss the secularization of our culture this week. I hope you enjoy it!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT. This broadcast is also being live streamed every Wednesday on Facebook Live at 5 PM PT immediately following the radio show.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

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