47. Are Religions Falsifiable?

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Are religions falsifiable?  How would you go about testing a religious truth claim?  They typically aren’t observable or repeatable?  So the scientific method is out.   In fact, most of life’s important realities aren’t subjectable to the scientific method. However, we aren’t limited to the scientific method for gleaning knowledge and discerning truth.   We also have historiographic testing.  Andy reads Chapter 4 of his book, Contradict – They Can’t All Be True, to explain the historiographic method and it’s three tests.

Andy closes by sharing listener feedback for the past four episodes.

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24. The State of Pluralism

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Andy is in the process of turning his book, Contradict – They Can’t All Be True, into an audio edition.  This episode is a sampling of the work in progress as he reads the first chapter.  The influence of Hinduism in the West with its connections to religious pluralism is addressed, which leads perfectly into next week’s episode asking the question, “Is it OK for Christians to do yoga?”

Reconnect 17. Sharing the Gospel when Defending the Faith

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We should be evangelists first and apologists second.  When defending the Christian faith, we should always strive to incorporate the Gospel into our defense.  Why should we do this?  How can we do this?  Andy gives a brief explanation at the start of this episode, before reading an excerpt from his book Contradict – They Can’t All be True to answer these questions, before running these concepts through in practice on Cross Defense, a radio show hosted by Rod Zwonitzer  on KFUO out of St. Louis, Missouri!  Enjoy.

Reconnect 14. Hinduism/Christianity – Compare and Contrast

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How does Hinduism compare to Christianity?  Do they have any similarities?  What about their differences?  Two bright high school seniors (that graduated a few days after this recording) from Crean Lutheran High School tackle these questions as Andy leads them through a free Contradict Movement discussion guide.

Episode links:

“What do Hindus Believe and What is OM?” Video

Hinduism/Christianity – Compare and Contrast Participant’s Guide

Hinduism/Christianity – Compare and Contrast Leader’s Guide

Hinduism Blog Posts Andy Wrote on his OC Apologist Blog

Hinduism Blog Posts at andywrasman.com

Reconnect Episode 6: Contradict – Campus Evangelism

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Andy Wrasman, George Allen III, and Adam Stetson discuss how they came to use a Contradict poster for evangelism at University California Irvine.  What were their previous evangelism efforts?  Why did they decide the Contradict evangelism table method was their favorite? How do they use the poster to spring into sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ? What tips do they have to share from their outings?  What are their most memorable encounters and relationships formed via their Contradict outings?  What do they appreciate the most about each others’ personality and approach to sharing the Gospel?  Answering all of these questions, they hope to inspire and encourage you to consider a similar approach to sharing the Gospel in public spaces.

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Contradict evangelism table at Saddleback Community College.

Many Different Contradict Stickers – Which is the best?

Contradict Movement was born through weekly evangelism outings at University California Irvine (UCI).  Our method of engaging in conversation was to setup a folding table with a few camping chairs at UCI’s Freedom of Speech Zone. We’d have some Starbuck coffee in a “traveler” with creams, sugar, cups, and stir sticks.  We would then use various signs and posters laying on the table or taped to the front of the table that were designed to spark conversation that would allow us to introduce the Gospel.  One night, Adam Stetson, suggested creating a poster that spelled Contradict using religious symbols.  That idea profoundly struck me as the best idea I had ever heard.  It’s a perfect conversation starter: “All religions can’t be true because they contradict each other in their teachings.  Logically, they could all be false, but how would we know that?”  We then could spring into why we believe Christianity to be true!

Upon returning home, I instantly searched for Contradict bumper sticker online.  The following are the two images that I found online:

Image #1: This Contradict image doesn’t strictly use religious symbols and it has no tagline of explanation.

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This was the first Contradict image that I found. And if my memory serves me correctly, this was the image that I used to print off a little sign to use on our coffee table evangelism outings at UCI.

Image #2: This Contradict image was also online at the time and being sold by someone who clearly wasn’t Christian.  The tagline really makes no sense!  I think the sticker is calling for us to go against all religions because all religions are just forms of social slavery.

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The other Contradict image that I found online around 2009-10 for use in evangelism. I believe I did print this one for evangelism, but I had to cut out the tagline.

After using these two as small printed pages on the top of the table, Adam had a friend paint an original Contradict design on a poster to tape to the front of the table.  Once we had that poster, Contradict became are constant (only) go to sign for kickstarting evangelism conversations.

After a couple of year at UCI, I wanted to write a book laying out the Contradict message I would share with someone from start to finish, if they gave me five hours of their time.  I also I wanted the book to serve as a tool to help spur others onto college campus and public spaces with a similar approach to evangelism.  To help raise awareness for the book, I wanted to create bumper stickers and a website.  If I was to sell bumper stickers and sell a Contradict design on the front cover a book, I’d need to own the copyright of the image, those I sat down and made a list of religious symbols I would use to spell Contradict and I hired a friend, Danny Martinez, to put it together for me.  I own the copyright and now I also own the trademark to the Contradict Movement logo:

Image #3: The Contradict Movement version of Contradict!

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You can order these stickers with a black background or a white background at http://www.contradictmovement.org. I also offer tracts and my book, Contradict – They Can’t All Be True, at the website.  Click the image to go to Contradict Movement.

At the time I launched Contradict Movement as a website, I saw that another Contradict image had emerged:

Image #4: That I could tell the person who made this image was Christian and had a Facebook page named Contradict, but no stickers of this image were being sold.  Later, Cross Examined, started to sell this image with the same tagline with their website url on it.  I don’t think Cross Examined sells this image anymore.

I don't like this tagline as well as mine, but I do really like the design.  I still prefer my design though, because all the letters in this one are not religious symbols.
I don’t like this tagline as well as mine, but I do really like the design. I still prefer my design though, because all the letters in this one are not religious symbols.

Recently, I checked online and I have seen that numerous other Contradict designs have been created and they are now being sold online as bumper stickers!   Here they are:

Image # 5: This was the first obviously Christian Contradict image I saw being sold online (besides the Cross Examined one I mentioned above that is now no longer being sold at the Cross Examined store, Impact Apologetics).  This one is being sold on Zazzle.

I really like this design!  The tagline is good too. It's a shout out to John 14:6, the same verse that I simply cited.
I really like this design! The tagline is good too. It’s a shout out to John 14:6, the same verse that I simply cited.

Image # 6: Here’s a variation of the one above that is also being sold on Zazzle.

I prefer the one with the bubble letters behind the symbols.
I prefer the one with the bubble letters behind the symbols.

Image #7: This is the current Cross Examined Contradict image being sold through their Impact Apologetics online store.

I really like this design.  I think the R with Kokopelli is very creative.
I really like this design. I think the R with Kokopelli is very creative.

I suspect that the clearly Christian Contradict images created after I launched Contradict Movement were working off my Contradict image.  I suggest this because the common theme is the Shinto torri gate for the letter N, but I could be wrong!  They might not have seen my image first.

Two questions:

1.  Which Contradict tagline do you think is the best? 

“They Can’t All Be True – John 14:6”
“Only 1 is Truth, Life eternal, and the Way”
“Don’t be a Contradiction.  There can only be ONE Truth.” 

2.  Which sticker do you think would be the one best suited to go platinum, “Coexist status”, and why? 

If you think it should be mine, please, share http://www.contradictmovement.org with all your friends and family.  Order extra stickers and help distribute them.

Here’s why I think my sticker is best situated for sharing the Gospel!  It has the url to my website, big and clear for people to visit.  The home page has a video that details the message of Contradict by sharing the importance of Coexistence and Tolerance, while also sharing that Tolerance can’t be taken to mean that all religions are true.  I then share examples of religious contradictions and close by sharing the Gospel and why we can trust that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  From a stand alone point of view, the one with the tagline, “Only 1 is Truth, Life Eternal, and the Way” clearly shows a Christian message.  The Cross Examined tagline, “Don’t be a Contradiction, There can only be ONE Truth”, does not clearly demonstrate that it is a Christian bumper sticker, however, the name of their website’s url does indicate this.  When visiting their website though, you are not instantly greeted with the message of their Contradict sticker.  With my tagline, “They Can’t All Be True – John 14:6”, interested parties could be forced to go to a Bible and look up John 14:6 to know why all religions can’t be true.  If interested parties go to Contradict Movement, they will only find links to my blog, the Contradict Facebook page, my Youtube channel, and my book.  All of these sites are very much Contradict themed!

Every sticker I sell comes with a Contradict folding tract as well as a printed page of explanation.  The goal is that if anyone is interested in knowing more about the message of Contradict when seeing a person’s sticker, the Christian has something to hand interested parties on the spot.  It has been my experience that when people are caught starting at your Contradict sticker, they usually don’t want to talk long in the parking lot.

If you do appreciate my work with Contradict Movement, help share my image online and through print.  Right now, images to my page do not always display as prominently as these others, so people may not find my page.  Cross Examined is way more known and popular than Contradict Movement, my blog, or my book.  If their sticker takes off and becomes the one everyone sees and knows, that’s great, because they certainly proclaim the Gospel and do a great job defending it, but if you think the Contradict Movement platform is better due to more specialized focus, again, share Contradict Movement with everyone you know by selecting some key blog articles, Youtube videos, or Facebook posts that you find helpful for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thanks so much!

Peace in Christ,
Andy Wrasman