Matthew Mittelberg: Persuasive Finals - The 2011 National Championship Winning Speech
The final persuasive speech with which I was blessed to receive first place at the 2011 Stoa NITOC (National Invitational Tournament of Champions) at Point L...
Is the Universe Too Precise to Be Randomly Formed?
William Lane Craig on the universe's preciseness. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/
Irreplaceable the Movie
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R. T. France on the Historicity of the Gospels
"At the level of their literary and historical character we have good reason to treat the gospels seriously as a source of information on the life and teaching of Jesus, and thus on the historical origins of Christianity. Ancient historians have sometimes commented that the degree of scepticism with which New Testament scholars approach their sources is far greater than would be thought justified in any other branch of ancient history. Indeed many ancient historians would count themselves fortunate to have four such responsible accounts, written within a generation or two of the events, and preserved in such a wealth of early manuscript evidence. . . . Beyond that point, the decision as to how far a scholar is willing to accept the record they offer is likely to be influenced more by his openness to a ‘supernaturalist’ world-view than by strictly historical considerations."
—R. T. France
“The Gospels as Historical Sources for Jesus, the Founder of Christianity,” Truth 1 (1985): 86. (link)
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Breakpoint This Week: Redemptive Servanthood Lived Out: Canon Andrew White
John Stonestreet interviews Reverend Canon White, the Vicar of Baghdad, Iraq — an unflappable hero of the faith, and recipient of this year's Wilberforce Award.
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Baghdad, Iraq is no place to find personal safety. Bombs kill and violence abounds. Yet the human needs for food, medcine, grace and love remain. And for that reason, Canon Andrew White, the Anglican Vicar of Baghdad, sacrificed all to serve there. During this week's broadcast, you'll get to know this extraordinary recipient of this year's William Wilberforce Award.
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The word translated “perfect” essentially means arriving at an intended end or realizing a completion of something. The word elsewhere in the New Testament is often rendered “mature” (cf. 1 Cor. 2:6; 14:20; Eph. 4:13, etc.). But here Jesus clearly intended to convey the meaning of perfection, because He is presenting God as the ultimate, holy standard for being and doing. It is the criterion of absolute perfection.
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Our Fearful Apologetic
This was the charge originally given to Abraham in Genesis 12. According to Christopher Wright, this charge implies a "relational element of blessing . . . [that] reaches out to those around. Genesis has several instances of people being blessed through contact with those whom God has blessed." If, when in contact with the world we are called to bless, we lash out in anger and judgment, we have to wonder if we have lost the plot.
Are Pro-Lifers Compromising When They Support Bills Stopping Some Abortions?
Steven Ertelt from LifeNews.com discusses his list of pro-life pet peeves with me and we discuss this and other important questions and topics. We also talk about hateful language some pro-life people use concerning pro-choice people or fellow pro-lifers.
Ravi Zacharias: Young minds need to be reached at a younger age - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Bible reminds us to guard our doctrine and our conduct. Our youth know firsthand what the world has to offer. They need to be reached at a younger age because of the world of the Internet that ravages young minds sooner than ever before. Building their faith is not a prime strength in our churches today. We seem to think that we need to entertain them into the church. But what you win them with is often what you win them to.
God's Not Dead: God Exists: Information, Codes, and Organization
We see evidence of God’s fingerprints in every
known corner of the universe. Mankind discovers the proof and affirms many of
the facts that the Bible records and announces. The greatest miracle is the
resurrection of Jesus. The Lord Jesus is alive! He is the only religious leader
to rise from the dead. He is the only one who promised a resurrection and duly
kept His promise. You can visit the tombs of all the deceased religious leaders
and find their remains still in the grave. However, Jesus is alive because God
is not dead.
Jonathan Edwards on Truth and Reason - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
How Deeply Atheism Can Corrupt Rationality - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Here is a saying that I find particularly problematic: “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.” [JAC: That quote comes from Dawkins's River out of Eden.] …
A Look at Oral Tradition/The Orality Phase of the Jesus Story - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Even though the Christian can always offer certain dates for the Gospels, it should remembered that there was a gap of time between the ascension of Jesus and when the Gospel authors actually wrote their individual biographies about the life of Jesus. Therefore, there was a period where the words and deeds of Jesus were committed to memory by the disciples and transmitted orally. Remember, the home, the synagogue, and the elementary school was where Jewish people learned how to memorize and recall information such as community prayers. As Craig Evans notes in his article on Jewish Scripture and the Literacy of Jesus , according to the Shema, which all Torah observant Jews were expected to recite daily, parents were to teach their children the Torah ( Deut 4:9; 6:7; 11:19; 31:12-13; 2 Chr 17:7-9; Eccl 12:9).
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5 Things That Impact Discussions About The Existence of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Over the years I have talked to many people about the existence of God. In many cases, both theists and skeptics can grow frustrated with one another on the lack of agreement. I have come to the conclusion that when people attempt to discuss the evidence for the existence of God we must remember these five issues:
The Flying Spaghetti Monster Did Not Boil for Your Sins - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Flying Spaghetti Monster was not boiled for your sins. At least, I do not believe he was. Why not? Because there is no evidence for it. But so what? Does evidence matter in religious belief? Is the Flying Spaghetti Monster comparable to the God of the Bible? Are they both just as unlikely to exist? This is what we will be discussing today. As you read, remember, don't forget to think!
No, Avida Has Not Falsified Irreducible Complexity
In Climbing Mount Improbable, Richard Dawkins developed the metaphor of Mount Improbable. Evolution is only capable of climbing up gradual slopes. It cannot climb cliffs. What Avida demonstrates is that given a gradual slope, Darwinian processes are capable of climbing it. What irreducible complexity claims is that irreducible complex systems are surrounded on all sides by cliffs. Notice the distinction. Avida says that evolution can climb gradual slopes. Irreducible complexity claims that there are no gradual slopes. Avida is about what we can do with the gradual slopes, and irreducibly complexity is about whether or not the slopes exist. Avida provides no evidence that gradual slopes exist, it just assumes that they do. What Avida demonstrates is simply beside the point of the claim of irreducible complexity.
Clay Jones: Answering the tough questions - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
who are pastors! But, if it’s not going to be the pastor, then we need Christians to study and come alongside to support the pastor so that they can answer these hard questions. Did I ever mention that I teach in the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics program at Biola University? No? But, seriously, if you are a smart Christian who is not afraid to study hard, then the Christian church needs you!
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The World’s Best Grandfather
He and my grandmother spent the school and university holidays with us in my parents’ house in Cambridgeshire. He had a special chair (which I inherited) in which he would do all his editing. He would discuss what he was writing over meals, so we learned tremendous amounts of theology while eating! He was also fascinated by history, an enthusiasm that he passed on to me. For me, twentieth century political history was enthralling. For him, that was the story of his student days, when he would sit in the balcony of the House of Commons, watching the great statesmen of the day debate. He was an eyewitness to significant events. At Christmas, he would give me history books as presents and took great pleasure in watching me open them.
Is God Sexist? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As Christians we view God through a completely different set of lenses than atheists, non-Christians, and the cultures of the world. But as you may know, God has been portrayed in many distorted ways. For example, he is said to be misogynic (woman-hating), chauvinistic, patriarchal, and sexist—along with having many other derogatory characteristics—by modern-day atheists and many others. Atheist Richard Dawkins has stated in his book The God Delusion that:
You Won't Live an Eternity - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
You Won't Live an Eternity by Gregory Koukl You won’t live an eternity, even if you're a Christian. You will live forever and ever with God in heaven though. Are you ready for this? You will not live for an eternity. You're probably thinking, "Boy, that sounds weird. That doesn't sound like Christianity to me. That sounds like annihilationism, or something." Let me clear it up a little. I think you will live forever and ever with God in heaven if you're a Christian. Or, if you reject the forgiveness God offers through Jesus Christ, you will pay for your crimes against God forever and ever in a place of punishment. But even though you live forever and ever, you will never live for an eternity. How can that be? Think about numbers for a moment. Are numbers potentially infinite? Yes, sure they are. They can potentially go on forever and ever. Potentially, the quantity of numbers is infinitely large. There's no end to them. Now, how do you ever get from a potential infinity to an infinity when it comes to numbers? Well, you can start counting--one, two, three, four, five, billion one, billion two, a zillion one, two, a quintillion one, a quintillion two.
We’re Praying for New Life Bible Church
New space to worship. “Within the next year and a half we are looking to move New Life Bible Church from the suburb to the city. We are looking for a place to worship and praying within the next several years work our way up the coast by planting churches, starting in Connecticut.”
C.S. Lewis: Comfortable Religion - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As you perhaps know, I haven't always been a Christian. I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity.
Objective Morality and the Existence of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Over the years, I have dealt with the moral argument in many different ways. I used to get stumped by friends and family posing questions that always seemed to throw me for a loop. As I matured, I studied this topic in great detail and hopefully help you all understand its importance not only in apologetics, but in your overall understanding of the question of morality. I admit it is hard to do in just a short article; so again, I hope this gives you a desire to truly dive in. My biggest problem always started in the communication aspect; many people are unfamiliar with the terms used, such as “objective morality” or “subjective morality,” they also have problems distinguishing between values and duties. A lot is due to a lack of taking a real close look at the topic in itself, this makes it hard to communicate this argument with patience. First thing I want to do is clarify the argument a little bit, cover some bases so that one may have an easier time in communicating this in their apologetic.
"We were both born in New Zealand and neither of us can pronounce 'ark' correctly (we skip the 'r')," Comfort kidded while noting the differences between his production of Noah and Crowe's – produced by Paramount Pictures. "But the similarities end there .... Hollywood's is listed as 'fantasy,' while ours is based on the Truth ... Theirs is entertainment that will cost you. Ours is life-changing and is free ...."
Is The Universe Fine-Tuned For Life? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Astrophysicist Hugh Ross and his organization Reasons To Believe have done quite a bit of research into how the world around us is structured to support life. The basic idea is that life, and specifically intelligent life, could not exist if factors in the world around us were different. Ross has compiled several hundred factors, all of which must be within a very close range of tolerance for human life to survive. Ross’ basic list can be found here. A few of them are:
Are You Ready?
“In the year 1800, just a little over 200 years ago, only 3% of humanity lived in cities, according to the most accurate estimations. So 97 out of every hundred people did not live in a city. City was a rare experience, a very expensive experience. Cities existed for political reasons, economic reasons, cultural reasons, but very few people actually lived in them. By 1900 that 3% had increased to 10%. But between 1900 and 2007, that 10% had increased to 50%. And by 2050, the low range of estimate is that 75-80% of all human beings will live in cities. Now if you have any normal lifespans, that’s the future you will know. That’s where will 75-80% of people will be.”
Botched executions and the blood of Christ
Like Branson Parler, I am a Christian who believes that there is a strong Biblical case against the death penalty. I want to highlight the last words of his statement “We remember that the blood of Stephanie Nieman, Clayton Lockett and each one of us is not our own, but belongs to the One in whose image we are made.” The One in whose image we are made. All of us, including Clayton Lockett and the worst murderers we can find, are created in the image of God and are loved by God. That is the one thing that we as Christians must never lose sight of in discussing the death penalty. But in executions related to heinous crimes, it is easy for many people to lose sight of that fact. As an abolitionist and a murder victim’s family member who has come to know many other murder victims’ family members, many family members of those executed and on death row, and several murderers in correctional institutions, I have been horrified to see many people (including Christians) change their views about people who commit particularly heinous crimes. Such offenders, because of what they’ve done, become less than human.
Life Is Not Fair! - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
People often say with some level of dejection that life is not fair. But who promised that it would be? Who promised a paradise free from pain? Who promised that there would be justice? If we are to compact the totality of what’s real to the world readily available, then life is definitely not fair. Everyone aches. Evil men appear to prosper. Good people die young. Many people suffer without any apparent reason. Some are tormented their entire lives by pain sufficient for two or three lives. Children are butchered before taking one legitimate breath of the fresh air of this wickedly beautiful world. People are tortured, burned alive for merely holding certain harmless views. We all die, often rebel against death with utmost defiance until that final breath. Misery is the fairest thing about this world. And if the story were to end here, it would be a misery beyond all hope, beyond all purpose and meaning.
William Lane Craig asks: should Christians embrace postmodernism?
This is my experience as well. When I was an undergraduate student, I attended IVCF and the woman running it (Jill) was a feminist who pushed postmodernism and feminism hard. Every week brought another testimony emphasizing love and forgiveness while minimizing or denying theology, science, history and logic. She turned down all the efforts of the men to bring in professors to speak about the cosmological argument or the resurrection, etc.. It was testimonies and prayer walks and praise hymns every week. When I questioned the people she chose to give their testimonies (mostly women), I found that none had any reasons for thinking that what they were talking about really was true. As a consequence of that, they were soft on doctrine – regularly throwing out Bible verses that did “resonate” with their “intuitions”. The same thing happened to me again with Campus Crusade as a graduate student. Personal testimonies of changed lives, divorced from any search for truth, every week.
Should a Christian Theologian or Pastor Use Philosophy? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I have already written quite a bit on questions concerning the relationship between faith and reason (see here , ici , here , here , here .). It is a subject that interests me for a number of reasons. This subject interests me primarily because I am a Christian who studies philosophy. My interest in this subject began during my undergraduate studies which were in Theology. Near the end of my studies I interned as a Pastor in an evangelical protestant church for a year, and became extremely interested in Apologetics.
bakslashr: That is the argument that Dr. Richards puts forth here. Nobody makes something moral bc they "say it is." Morality is not created by humans, it is merely recognized. Jay Richards points out that all people recognize morality regardless of their theistic or atheistic world view. Having considered that, does atheism or theism suit to explain that fact best? Jay Richards thinks (and we do as well) that atheism falls fatally short. Theism is the best explanation.
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi- a Christian reflection on the most recently completed Star Wars series
A huge part of the early stages of Fate of the Jedi involved Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben, traveling around the galaxy and visiting other various Force-using schools. These different Force-using schools paralleled, in many ways, various world religions. For example, the Baran Do Sages held onto a kind of gnostic way of knowing, where secret knowledge was preserved by a select group of masters to pass on from generation to generation. Another example is found in the Mind Walkers, who try to separate body from soul in order to walk in a completely different reality. Not only does this also seem gnostic in its bent, but it also reflects the notion of the extinction of the self found in some Eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. There are a few other schools that the Skywalkers visit throughout their travels, and each has aspects of at least one world religion reflected therein.
WORLD | Quack, quack if you hate Obama | Marvin Olasky | April 30, 2014
I have a great cardiologist who shocks my heart sometimes by sending me stories detailing governmental abuses and would-be scandals, if only the most powerful U.S. media paid attention to them. But here’s the problem: He’s a wonderful discerner of quackery in medicine but not always in reporting, so he also passes along epistles from folks whom Barack Obama has apparently driven to derangement.
Generation Ex-Christian: Goodbye, God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
When I heard about Abe’s “deconversion” my mind jumped to the last time I’d seen him. It was at a Promise Keepers rally the year after we graduated from high school. I remember being surprised to see him there; neither of us had been strong Christians in school. But watching him standing next to his father in the coliseum, it was clear something had clicked. As the voices of 20,000 men lifted in unison, Abe squeezed his eyes shut and extended one slender arm skyward. He seemed solemn yet peaceful, totally absorbed in God’s presence.
Is it "brilliant" to accumulate $185,000 of debt studying the humanities?
I am not financing education entirely through student loan debt. I held work study jobs as an undergraduate, and have usually held some kind of on-campus employment. I have been a TA for the university for the last seven years. The fact is, government support of higher education is down and the cost of tuition has outpaced salaries to such a great degree in this country that virtually nobody is able to afford an education on their own wages without taking on a substantial burden of student loan debt. The vast majority of the anecdotes to the contrary concern degrees earned twenty or thirty years ago, before major structural changes in the financing of higher education – in the post-war years, government funding allowed the vast majority of expense for education to be met through Pell grants and scholarships, making it possible for many people to work themselves through school. That hasn’t been possible for most people in most degree programs for at least thirty years, and these nostalgic memories of an entirely different time and set of circumstances are not doing the debate on higher education financing in this country any good at all.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "My Soul Longs" by The Neverclaim
Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life.
Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever.
Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!
Accelerator for molecular machines discovered
How hard can it be to make a wheel rotate in a machine? Very hard actually, when the wheel sits in one of those nano-small molecular machines that are predicted to be running our future machines. But before the molecular machines become part of our daily lives, researchers must be able to control them. A Danish/American research team have now solved part of this problem.
3 Things to Consider About the Don Sterling Debacle | Cardus Blog
We should be a bit more appalled with how the information was obtained. Again, in a free society, are we not a bit concerned that private conversations that might not have held up in a court of law are now held up to the court of public opinion in order for swift justice to be enacted? Recall that the NBA knew Sterling had racist views and that Sterling had even settled trials publicly showcasing his racism before, but was never dealt with. What changed? The only thing that really changed was the power of TMZ to take what might have just been more fodder for the gossiping masses and use it to pressure Adam Silver to take the extreme stance that, what can’t help but wonder, would not have been in other circumstances. Of course Sterling’s comments, even if made in private, are awful; but as Mark Steyn argues, what the NBA is doing, from the pressure of the media, is worse. They are enabling a world where cell phone videos and surveillance can take private conversations to publicly shame and defame anyone. Again, while we might cheer the outing of Sterling, the erosion of trust will have consequences that perhaps will ripple out of control.
Trinity Western University Law School Controversy: Petition Seeks to Close Christian College in Canada for Supporting Traditional Marriage
Bob Kuhn, the President of Trinity Western University, claims that his religious freedom is being violated by people opposing his plans to build a Christian law school in Canada.
“If you’re looking for a clearly and simply stated doctrine of Scripture, here it is. Kevin DeYoung has accomplished his aim of communicating what the Bible says about the Bible. He’s done it with the qualities we have come to anticipate from him: efficiency, pastoral care, wit, and rigor. Most of all, he has let the Word speak for itself."
—Kathleen B. Nielson , Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition
German free-jazz great Peter Brötzmann opens up
I'm glad Rouy felt this way, because this work is invaluable. The 192-page book includes a slew of great photographs spanning the saxophonist's career as well as a dozen pages of his visual art, but the majority revolves around consistently candid, thoughtful conversation—well edited, readable, and remarkably gripping. Brötzmann can be a taciturn interview, especially when the dialogue isn't face-to-face, but here he opens up. There are even extensive sections on his youth where he discusses the aftereffects of the war and the Nazi era; he also talks about his family and his work as a painter. The conversations double as a good history of the development of European free jazz, although the saxophonist never speaks for anyone other than himself. I ripped through the book in a single afternoon—it was hard to put it down. I can open it up to just about any page and find something fascinating, whether it's Brötzmann discussing his love of horns—talking about an instrument shop he stumbled across in Saint Louis or discovering an old clarinet in Buffalo—or discussing the drummers he's worked with throughout his career.
Pastor Tony Evans on Homosexuality, Christianity and the 'Far Too Silent' Black Church (Video)
NEW YORK — Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship church and president of The Urban Alternative, recently shared his perspective on why the issue of homosexuality is unavoidable in today's cultural climate, and explained why he believes Christians cannot afford to remain silent or compromise on "God's standard about sexuality and the family."
Psychologist recommends Darwinian storytelling to suppress intelligent design intuitions
First, it’s important for parents to consider whether teachers are paid for their work (by parents who use privates schools) or whether their salary is coming from the government (parents are forced by law to pay taxes for government-run “public” schools), which has other purposes for children than parents have. Second, it’s important for parents to decide how they intend to explain to their children the difference between macroevolution and microevolution, lest naturalistic educators use evidence for microevolution as a way of persuading children to accept macroevolution. Third, parents have to decide how to teach their children about the the standard cosmology, cosmic fine-tuning, the origin of life and the Cambrian explosion – each of which is lethal to naturalism, and each of which is more rooted in experimental science than clumsy storytelling. Unfortunately, the good evidence that modern science offers is largely unknown to most parents, who still trust teachers to teach children truth and practical skills.
Is the Bible reliable? A brief overview of the most common objections - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If the eyewitnesses did not relate the events as they originally occurred, then there are only two possibilities. Either they were mistaken or they deliberately lied. Individuals may suffer from errors of perception but not whole groups. Unlike the 'revelations' of contemporary cult leaders many of the events described in the Bible were witnessed by more than one person. On examining the accounts we find a remarkable degree of consistency. Consider for example the parallel histories in Kings, Chronicles and the Prophets, the biography of Jesus in the four Gospels or the 500 who were said to have seen Christ after the resurrection. (1 Cor 15:6)
God's Not Dead: Without God Ascending Evolution Seems Impossible
Unguided evolution appears impossible.
Non-directed evolution is not just implausible; the theory seems impossible.
Biologically sturdy ants and their descendants would not evolve into the
top-ten list of endangered species, like a great ape. Strong and resilient
bacteria would not evolve into a weak and easily extinct Dodo bird. The so
called lower species are usually the ones that are the strongest and most fit to
survive. If reproducing, the strongest and greatest number of offspring, is an
important means of specie preservation, then the ant and the rat are a couple
of the “highest” species.
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Trouble mounts on multiple fronts. The first and most marketable comes in the form of Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx, playing a believably neurotic psychopath, to his lasting credit). As an employee of Oscorp—essentially Marvel's answer to Mount Doom—he's an insecure wreck, wandering through life mostly unseen and unregarded. A work accident dumps him into a vat of chemicals, that all-powerful plot device of comic book transformation, and he emerges as the buzzing, blue-skinned Electro, with the ability to control New York City's power current. The script earns points for having him start out as more confused than evil, though it's hardly a spoiler to say his character undergoes quite the arc over the course of the movie.
Teapots and Spaghetti Monsters: Why atheists aren’t off the (proof) hook - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
“If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.” -Bertrand Russell
Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The evangelical world today suffers from apologetic anemia. Despite the fact that holy Scripture calls believers to give a reason for the hope we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15; see also Jude 3), we sadly lack a public voice for truth and reason in the marketplace of ideas. We do not have a strong intellectual presence in popular or academic culture (although some areas, such as philosophy, are more influenced by evangelicals than others). The reasons for this anemia are multidimensional and complex.