Frank Turek

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Frank Turek
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Nationality American
Organization The Austin Group
Religion Evangelical Christian
Website
Cross Examined

Frank Turek is an American Christian author, Christian Apologist and public speaker at universities, conferences, and churches. He is the author of one book, Correct, Not Politically Correct, and co-author of two more with Norman Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and Legislating Morality.[1][2][3] He hosts a call-in talk show called CrossExamined on American Family Radio. His television show, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, airs on the NRB Network.[4]

Turek is a former aviator in the U.S. Navy, and has a Masters degree in Public Administration from George Washington University and a doctorate in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary.[3] He has also taught classes in Leadership and Management at George Washington University.[1]

Advocacy For Christian Apologetics[edit]

Frank Turek is a Christian apologist, and has delivered talks to numerous churches and universities.[5] In 2004, he co-authored I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist with Norman Geisler. He is an advocate of intelligent design, and a critic of evolution.[6] He is notable for his debates with the late atheist Christopher Hitchens in 2008. [7]

Views[edit]

Turek believes that it is wrong for people to demand truth from medicine bottles and yet not demand truth when it comes to morality or religion. He argues that truth is based in correspondence to an absolute reality, and is therefore not subjective. It therefore follows that religious truth is also objective, and that to state that there is no truth or that truth is subjective is self-refuting.[8]

After arguing for the objectivity of truth, Turek then argues for the objectivity of knowledge. He asks those who argue that one cannot know anything for sure if they can know that for sure. If they can, then the statement is self-defeating. If they cannot, then it calls the legitimacy of that position into question. Turek concludes by saying that people cannot be skeptics about everything, because then they would have to doubt skepticism. However, the more they doubt skepticism, the more sure they become.[9]

He argues that the existence of God implies the existence of miracles. He uses the illustration of a box as a metaphor for the universe. Atheists and other non-theists believe that the universe (or multiverse) is closed; that the universe is all that exists and that there is nothing outside it. Turek argues that the universe is open and that God, being the creator of the universe, can reach into the universe and perform what one might call miracles.[10]

Marriage views[edit]

Turek is known for his views on the marriage debate and homosexuality. He argues in Correct, Not Politically Correct that marriage lengthens lifespans of men and women, civilizes men, protects women, protects mothers, lowers welfare costs, and encourages a replacement birth rate. However, he argues, same-sex marriage does none of these.[11] Turek mentioned in several interviews that in 2010, he was fired from Cisco for his views on the marriage debate. A member of his class, despite giving the class excellent marks, called Cicso's human resources department to have Turek fired after reading about Turek's views over the internet.[12] Turek also states that he was later fired from Bank of America for the same reason.[13]

Bibliography[edit]

Turek's co-authored book, Legislating Morality: Is It Wise? Is It Legal? Is It Possible? was the winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award Christianity and Society section in 1999.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography". The Austin Group. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Biography". Outreach Speakers. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Bio". Christian Apologetics Radio Shows. May 16, 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "About the Author". Voice of Revolution. 
  5. ^ "Frank Turek Biography". Morning Star. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Intelligent Design Frank Turek looks at Darwinian Evolution vs. Intelligent Design through the lens of astronomy, physics, biology, and reason.
  7. ^ Turek vs. Hitchens Debate: Does God Exist? Richard Dawkins Foundation 2008. Accessed Feb 2014
  8. ^ I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. 2004. p. 36-37. 
  9. ^ I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. 2004. p. 43. 
  10. ^ I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. 2004. p. 202. 
  11. ^ Correct, Not Politically Correct. ISBN 1607081628. 
  12. ^ Lopez, Kathryn. "Frank Talk About Marriage: The New Anti-Defamation Project". National Review Online. 
  13. ^ "Christian Consultant Fired by Bank of America Over Gay Marriage Book". Christianpost.com. 2011-09-04. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  14. ^ "1999 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners". Christian Book Expo. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 

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