Quarantine Questionnaire: Why Christians Aren’t the Only People Who Shoulder a Burden of Proof

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Why Christians Aren’t the Only People Who Shoulder a Burden of Proof (Video)

In this video from a message delivered at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, J. Warner Wallace addresses a common challenge for Christian believers: Since we are the ones who claim that God exists, are we the only ones who shoulder the burden of proof? If everyone who makes a claim must then defend their claim with evidence, does this mean that people who don’t believe in God have no burden of proof?

Are Theists the Only People Who Have the “Burden of Proof”?

The nature of the questions (and the limited categories of potential answers) ought to motivate all of us to decide which of the two explanatory possibilities is most reasonable. While atheists are sometimes un-persuaded by the arguments for God’s existence, they are still woefully unable to provide coherent and adequate answers to the most important questions of life related to the cause of the universe, the appearance of design, the origin of life, the reality of human free will and the existence of transcendent moral truth. Theists aren’t the only ones who have to answer these questions. If naturalism is true, naturalists have their own unique burden of proof.

1. What do people mean when they talk about the “burden of proof”?

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2. Why do skeptics think that Christians are the only people who shoulder the burden of proof?

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3. What features of the universe are both believers and non-believers trying to explain?

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4. What kinds of causal forces are available to atheists to explain the features of the universe?

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5. Why, then, do skeptics share the burden of proof?

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Download all the Quarantine Questionnaires HERE. The PDF files have active hyperlinks you can use to access the videos and the articles, and you can print them to complete your responses!

For more information about the reliability of the New Testament gospels and the case for Christianity, please read Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. This book teaches readers ten principles of cold-case investigations and applies these strategies to investigate the claims of the gospel authors. The book is accompanied by an eight-session Cold-Case Christianity DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

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