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To Believe or Not to Believe, That Is the Question to Ask on the Campus of the University of Colorado

by Brian Nixon

By Brian Nixon, Special to ASSIST News Service

JazzmusicanattheUniversityofColoradoBoulder, Colorado (ANS – August 5, 2015) — I’m a person of routine, particularly when traveling. On a recent trip with my wife and son to Denver, Colorado I followed my normal course of affairs—museums, art galleries, bookstores, sports events, new restaurants, and the like. But while visiting the neighboring city of Boulder to take in Pearl Street, I decided to break routine and walk the campus of the University of Colorado, a beautiful site by any standard.

While strolling beneath the stone and brick lined buildings, I was drawn to the sound of jazz music, trumpet, bass, and drums, coming from the building that held the auditorium. As I peaked through a door to see the musicians, I noticed a program for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival lying next to the room. I grabbed it. As I flipped through the pages, I noticed a new play called Wittenberg. In the liner notes it stated, “To believe or not to believe? That is the question when Prince Hamlet, a dazed-and-confused senior at Wittenberg University, circa 1517, is caught in the crossfire between to giants of philosophy—and ego—the freethinking skeptic Dr. Faustus and the stuffy, guilt-ridden Martin Luther…Boulder playwright David Davalo’s ingenious mashup is equal parts…campus caper and metaphysical mind-trip.”

I was hooked and intrigued. How I wanted to attend! Yet other engagements would not allow it.

But what made the write up in the program more interesting is that I was reading philosopher and apologist Norman Geisler’s book on God’s existence entitled, God: A Philosophical Argument From BeingSomething exists (e.g. I do)

wittenbergNothing cannot produce somethingTherefore, something exists eternally and necessarily.It exists eternally because if ever there was absolutely nothing, then there would always be absolutely nothing because nothing cannot produce something.It exists necessarily because everything cannot be a contingent being because all contingent beings need a cause of their existence.

I am not a necessary and eternal being (since I change).Therefore, both God (a Necessary Being) and I (a contingent being) exists (=theism).

Geisler goes on to explain this logical conglomeration of thought in the work. It’s marvelous book, really: a must read for those interested in argument for God’s existence.

After the quick read of the festival program (words created with thought and meaning) and the free concert (improvisatory music of intention), I continued my walk around the campus, strolling past the library (containing vast amounts of books and information), beautiful trees and acres of grass (living things), and the architectural delights of the buildings (construction and design). It was splendid stroll!

NormanGeislerbookThe totality of the experience reminded me of the play—Wittenberg: “to believe or not to believe.” If I were able to watch the play I think Luther’s worldview would be the most convincing. For when you add you together design, purpose, information, meaning, and intelligence, the only logical inference is that these things—and more—point to a Designer of intelligence and purpose. In the end, nothing cannot produce something; and if my eyes serve me properly, there’s a lot of something in the world—just stroll the campus of the University of Colorado and you’ll see.

To believe or not believe is a question worth asking, but the answer is much more exciting to find.

[1] Dr. Geisler is Chancellor at Veritas Evangelical Seminary: http://www.ves.edu/

Photo captions: 1) Jazz musician playing at the University of Colorado. 2) Still photo from the play, Wittenberg, by David Davolos. 3) Dr. Norman Geisler’s book, God: A Philosophical Argument From Being. 4) Brian Nixon.

Brian NixonAbout the writer: Brian Nixon is a writer, musician, and minister. He’s a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus (BA) and is a Fellow at Oxford Graduate School (D.Phil.). As a published author, editor, radio host, recording artist, and visual artist, Brian spends his free time with his three children and wife, painting, writing music, reading, and visiting art museums. To learn more, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Nixon

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