In a previous post, I argued that evangelical apologists such as William Craig have a vested interest in interpeting the evidence to agree with their belief in a literal resurrection. Because of their prior faith commitment and because of their careers being tied to their stand on a literal resurrection, they cannot interpret the evidence in a way that would disconfirm their faith
My contention is further proven by this video clip interview of Craig
In the interview he is asked how Christians should handle intellectual doubts. In response he says that he knows Christianity is true because of the inner witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16--The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God). He says that even if the evidence points against his faith at some point, he knows the evidence must be invalid or misinterpreted because ultimately the inner witness of the Spirit trumps everything.So, he admits point blank that his mind is closed. Nothing can disconfirm his faith.
I fail to see how that is any different than the Mormon's burning in the bosom..
One of the foundations of Mormonism is its insistence that a person seek the truth by praying for a private, special revelation from the Holy Spirit.
"In answer to our prayers, the Holy Ghost will teach us through our feelings and thoughts... Heavenly Father will answer their prayers, typically through feelings of their hearts and thoughts in their minds." (Preach the Gospel, p. 39; this is the "2004 handbook utilized by the Mormon missionaries").
What they receive is sometimes called a burning in the bosom as a confirmation of truth. Mormons frequently appeal to James 1:5 for this, especially given that their founder, Joseph Smith, claimed that this was the verse and method he used for finding the truth. This is often accompanied by the insistence that one suspend judgment of his or her religion (even in the face of its historical and theological problems) until he or she has read the Book of Mormon and received, by prayer, a special revelation from the Holy Spirit of its truthfulness.
The Mormon knows his religion is true because the Holy Spirit has personally assured him. No amount of evidence against Mormonism can disconfirm this witness of the Spirit. I would like for Craig or some other Christian to tell me how that is any different from their position?
He would probably say: Well the Mormon's burning in the bosom is either Satanic in origin or its just imaginary. But wouldn't the Mormon say the exact same thing about the evangelical's witness of the Spirit?
Craig goes on to say in the video link that if doubts about evangelicalism arise, they come from Satan. So, I think my point in the previous post is just further confirmed. Evangelicals, like Craig, cannot be open-minded about the evidences for Christianity. They look at the evidence with their minds already made up. If the evidence causes them to doubt their Christianity, then they say the doubts are being put in their mind by Satan.
Craig may have two doctorates and be a learned philosopher, but when it comes right down to it, he is no different than the fundamentalist preacher who will stand in a pulpit today and proclaim: Jesus loves me this I know, because the Bible tells me so.