Oct 12, 2014

W.L. Craig argues that the Holy Spirit is real

W.L. Craig Argues That the Holy Spirit is Real.
Why he doesn't know what he's talking about. 
W.L. Craig says the witness of the Holy Spirit is real evidence that Christianity is true--
“I think Martin Luther correctly distinguished between what he called the magisterial and ministerial uses of reason. The magisterial use of reason occurs when reason stands over and above the Gospel like a magistrate and judges it on the basis of argument and evidence. The ministerial use of reason occurs when reason submits to and serves the gospel. ... Should a conflict arise between the witness of the Holy Spirit to the fundamental truth of the Christian faith and beliefs based on argument and evidence, then it is the former which must take precedence over the latter.”

I say that it sounds as if he doesn't value critical thinking very much. Put reason aside and serve the Gospel.
In fact it doesn't sound to me like "a ministerial (reason serving the Gospel) use of reason," either. Instead, it seems as if reason is to be tabled altogether. 

Somehow I doubt that the Roman Catholic Church agrees with W.L. Craig where he says that Martin Luther is a good reference. It was the Roman Catholic Church that branded Martin Luther as an outlaw in 1521.
Imagine the Roman Catholic Church saying Martin Luther was in touch with the Holy Spirit. It almost seems as if I'm supposed to believe that both sides had the witness of the Holy Spirit, yet opponents.
Perhaps it's an instance in which Christians are supposed to table reason and simply accept that the Roman Catholic Church and Martin Luther both communed with the Holy Spirit. 
Thus W.L. Craig gives an unconvincing argument for the reality of the Holy Spirit. And gives an equally unconvincing argument that reason should be tabled in favor of his version of the Gospel creed.
His perspective is anything but convincing.

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