Helping our children defend the faith with gentleness and respect is a major goal for Christian homeschoolers. On this edition of Home School Heartbeat, Meet the Skeptic author Bill Foster talks with host Mike Farris about how to approach skepticism about the Bible.
Bill, please summarize the roots of biblical skepticism for our listeners.
Biblical skepticism is often difficult to refute in a brief conversation because many skeptics have gotten their information about the Bible from secondhand sources rather than looking at it for themselves. I believe we need to challenge their perception of the Bible before we try to answer their objections to specific Bible passages, because it’s their perception that clouds their interpretation. The root idea of biblical skepticism is that the Bible is man–made. The Bible is merely an old, biased, and irrelevant book.
Bill, you’ve just said that they think the Bible is irrelevant in our modern age. How do you answer that?
Well, even if a person rejects some aspects of the Bible, it is still, at the very least, relevant because it describes human nature and history very accurately. I think the bigger question is whether it is authoritative. If God really gave us a book, shouldn’t we expect it to contain amazing claims such as fulfilled prophecies, miracles, as evidence that it has a supernatural source? But if the skeptic accepts this, he must also accept that he is now accountable to what it says.
Listeners, Meet the Skeptic is a great resource to equip you to defend God’s Word and His Truth. Bill, thank you for this incredibly helpful book. I’m Mike Farris.