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The last 2,000 years has demonstrated the truth claims of Christianity can withstand even the most rigorous intellectual challenge. Indeed, one of the most satisfying things about the Christian faith is that it can quench the longings of both the heart and the mind.
The essential message of FactsandFaith.com is that belief in the God of the Bible and the truth claims of Christianity is not only rationally supported by scientific, philosophic and historical evidence, but is a belief that transforms lives and offers great hope, purpose and joy, even in difficult circumstances.
With the help and support of our ministry partners, we seek to communicate this message as widely, fairly and clearly as possible.
FactsandFaith.com exists to honestly and fairly communicate information about the Christian faith to —
strengthen the faith of Believers,
assist Believers in defending their faith and
persuasively responding to questions raised by sincere skeptics.
Strengthening the Faith of Believers and Assisting them in Defending their Faith
Research surveys demonstrate that 70-90% of Christian young people disengage from their faith by their second year of college. Many of these young people report their faith was significantly shaken by the intellectual challenges they confronted on the college campus and in other secular arenas. There is simply no question that when today’s Christian young people are not adequately prepared to respond to the intellectual challenges made to the Christian faith, the great majority of them either walk away from their faith or begin to privatize it. Researchers now anticipate that up to 51% of Christian young people will actually renounce their faith before graduating from college.
One of the primary purposes of FactsandFaith.com is to provide free website resources to assist parents in adequately equipping their children to withstand the intellectual assault they will face on the college campus and to fairly and confidently respond to the intellectual and emotionally charged criticisms raised in opposition to Christianity in secular arenas.
Persuasively Responding to Questions Raised by Sincere Skeptics
FactsandFaith.com is founded on two biblical principles:
1) Christian truth claims are be presented honestly and fairly —
“[W]e do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” — 2 Corinthians 4:1-3
2) It is wise to consider different points of view before finally concluding what the truth is —
“The first to present his case seems right until another comes forward and questions.” — Proverbs 18:17
Based on these biblical principles, FactsandFaith.com seeks to fairly address issues about the Christian faith and present objective summaries of Christian truth claims, including differing points of view, so the claims of Christianity may be fairly considered and critiqued by sincere truth seekers both inside and outside the church.
FactsandFaith.com is a ministry of the The Hunger Solution, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, that has a proven track record of meeting the spiritual and physical hunger needs of people throughout the world.
Through its Executive Director, Dr. Ken Phillips, the Hunger Solution has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to meet the spiritual and physical hunger needs of people throughout the world by —
- Distributing Bibles / Christian teachings and publications;
- Emailing free family devotionals and words of encouragement (http://thehungersolution.org/subjects/daily-devotional.htm)
- Providing Boxes of Food/ Hot Meals/Food Seed
- Fighting Malaria by providing anti-mosquito bed nets to countries like Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and South Africa.
Rising Up to Meet a New and Growing Need
In today’s postmodern culture, Christian young people are hungry for intellectual answers to the challenges being made to their faith in secular arenas. The Hunger Solution, through its newest ministry, FactsandFaith.com directed by Andrina G. Hanson, is rising up to meet that need.
Despite the fact that the last 2,000 years has demonstrated the truth claims of Christianity can withstand even the most rigorous intellectual challenge, as a whole, the Christian community has been content to stay quietly on the sidelines as secular college professors, and others with intellectual influence over our young people, have vigorously attacked Christianity as irrational or out-of-date. As evidenced by several recent polls, these intellectual assaults have taken their toll — 70% to 90% of churched Christian young people are disengaging from their faith by their second year of college.
Although the Christian community has done a good job telling our young people what to believe, we have not done as good of a job teaching them why they should believe it; consequently, many Christian young people don’t know how to respond when confronted with intellectual challenges to their faith. Eventually, doubts about the legitimacy of their faith take root and grow to the point that more than half of them are expected to renounce their faith before they graduate from college.
“If Christian laymen do not become intellectually engaged, then we are in serious danger of losing our youth. In high school and college, Christian teenagers are intellectually assaulted by every manner of non-Christian philosophy conjoined with an overwhelming relativism…. I constantly meet parents whose children have lost their faith because there was no one in the church to answer their questions.” – William Lane Craig, Christian apologist and philosopher
Christian young people are hungry for well-reasoned intellectual answers to the challenges being made to their faith. They want to have confidence that there are good reasons to believe Christianity is really true. FactsandFaith.com is dedicated to meeting that need as faithfully as its parent ministries (the World Bible Society and the Hunger Solution) have been meeting the spiritual and physical needs of people throughout the world for over half a generation.
The FactsandFaith.com website enables visitors to fairly investigate the truth claims of Christianity by providing easy-to-access and well-reasoned responses to questions and criticisms commonly raised by skeptics about the Christian faith. The evidence and lines of argumentation summarized on the FactsandFaith.com website have convinced many well-educated and skeptical minds that there are good reasons to believe Christianity is true and no good reason to believe it is false.
The problem isn’t that Christianity cannot stand up to rigorous intellectual challenge; the problem is that many Christians are not aware of the well-reasoned responses that have been developed by well-educated Christian scholars and apologists. FactsandFaith.com is committed to address this deficiency by engaging in an ongoing campaign to disseminate the evidence and arguments that have credibly served as the intellectual foundation of the Christianity faith for over 2,000 years.
FactsandFaith.com is determined to see Christian young people develop a solid intellectual foundation for their faith so, like the apostle Paul on Mars Hill, they can confidently defend and promote the truth claims of Christianity in secular arenas where the hearts and minds of the world’s future leaders are being shaped.
Image Credit: Jouni Paavilainen (ChristianPhotos.Net more)
FactsandFaith.com is a ministry of the Hunger Solution, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation
Slideshow Photo: This photograph of El Golfo Beach on Lanzarote Island was taken by Luc Viatour (www.Lucnix.be). The image was downloaded from www.wikimedia.com which states the image is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported CC-BY-SA-3.0 license. Lanzarote is one of the Spanish Canary Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean off the southwest coast of Morocco. The island has a volcanic origin giving rise to the formation of beautiful lava streams and rock formations.
1Peter 3:14-16: Verse written on tree bark background was adapted from a photo taken by Jouni Paavilainen and downloaded from ChristianPhotos.Net – Free High Resolution Photos for Christian Publications