What Was New About The New Atheists? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
“We are in need of a renewed Enlightenment”, wrote Christopher Hitchens in the final chapter of his bestselling book God is Not Great .[i] In his closing sentence he stated, “To clear the mind for this project, it has become necessary to know the enemy, and to prepare to fight it” (GNG, 283). The enemy was religion which, he told us, “poisons everything” (GNG, 13). We can be grateful that he was not calling on his fellow atheists to take up arms, but to participate in an intellectual and cultural project to marginalise religious belief.
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For First Time In History Islamic Prayers To Be Held At The Vatican
Al Arabyia News For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.
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Grace to You
For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Kerry: ‘Baloney’ that releasing Taliban detainees too risky to US troops
Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday the Taliban detainees released in a prison swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could indeed return to terrorism but largely dismissed the argument that the deal will put U.S. troops further at risk.
Worship in a Selfie World
We must saturate our services and songs with his word and wonder at his wisdom, will, wealth, works, and ways. He is the God who created planets and stars, and he holds them all in his hands. He made electrons and protons, atoms and elements, gravity and inertia. Everything that has been made was made by him and through him, and before any of its foundation was laid, he chose to redeem and adopt us in Christ. This is too massive to be minimized with me-centeredness.
The Christian Call to Say 'You're Welcome'
This is what I mean when I say that saying "you're welcome" is an act of responsibility. When we add something of value to someone else's life—when we bless them (which, by the way, never needs to be hashtagged, but that's another post)—we bear some responsibility for our own actions. We have created good, and good is not created apart from the work of God. To say, "No problem," or, "It's nothing," is, in some way, to shirk our responsibility.
Balancing family and ministry: Part 1: priority and capacity
I am much more productive in the morning when I am rested and the day is fresh. This is also the time when there are classes to teach and meetings to have, so I end up not spending a lot of this time in isolated productivity. I might wish that it were different, but it’s not. God didn’t make me like my very gifted friends, and I’m ok with that. I don’t have to be able to read as much, write as well, and have as many gifts as other people. I just have to be faithful with what God has given me.
Seven Reasons Why Most Church Outreach Programs Fail - ThomRainer.com
I would say the church I serve has been very inwardly focused for the past good while. I’ve been there 4 years as Children’s Ministry Director, and as far as I know it’s always been inward. Maybe attractional-leaning at best. Senior pastor left last fall, so now we’re in a transition phase, and one of the things people are seeing we need and saying they want is to (finally!) get outside our church walls with the Gospel. When our Children’s Ministry team was tasked with the development of the idea and got together to brainstorm this, we landed on Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan for direction – the Samaritan, when he encountered the injured man, began with providing emergency care to meet the immediate needs of the injured man: bandages, medication, removal to a safe place. Then, the Samaritan provided for the injured man’s ongoing needs: funds for care and a place for his convalescence, a promise to return. We figured that what we need to do to “Go and do likewise” is determine who in our physical community has immediate needs – who is the proverbial injured man laying on the road – and then meet those immediate needs, with the plan to develop a relationship to provide for ongoing care.
Seeing the Humanity in Abortion-bound Women
Later on in the day I pled with that father, to remember that look on his daughter’s face. I pled with his daughter, begging her to understand that her own child was looking to her with the same pleading eyes. I reminded all who could hear me that while they have been led to believe that we were heartless people who had no compassion, it was we who saw in them their humanity. Those on the inside, the ones gorging on the money and misery, they saw mothers as walking wallets, and the surgery they did as a dollar-ectomy. We, however, held out hope in the remains of the image of God. We appealed to motherhood . We appealed to the men to protect those under their care. We preach because we believe inside every zombie, just as in every womb, there is the imago dei.
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Three Steps to Studying the Bible
The Bible is two-thousand years old and often seems very archaic. This makes it hard to know how it applies to us. It can be very frustrating as all Christians are encouraged to read their Bible daily but often are at a loss as to how to understand it and apply the message to their own lives. The following is a practical guide to biblical interpretation following a three step process that I have used for years.
Al Feldstein and the laughable legacy of Mad magazine
After the recent death of Al Feldstein , the former editor of Mad magazine , many commentators traced the roots of cultural icons like Saturday Night Live, The Onion and The Simpsons to his satirical style and skeptical skewering. For me, it was an opportunity to consider why his sense of humor drove so many of my generation to be voracious readers of this mad monthly. Even more, how did it shape my own view of humor, then and now?
Unfair Race? Grind Is Part of Triple Crown Magic - NBC News
California Chrome's owner and trainer complained about fresh horses coming in for the Belmont, but the grueling nature of the series makes it great.
The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The other day something reminded me of the popular 1993 book, “The Celestine Prophecy” (anyone remember that?). “The Celestine Prophecy” is a fiction book that discusses ideas rooted in New Age spirituality. The book sold 20 million copies and practically spawned its own cult-like religion, with groups popping up all over the country to study the insights and apply them to life.
How Critics of Christianity Often Distort the Story of Galileo - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
But something else needs to be pointed out. The Catholic Church’s opposition to Galileo is only part of the story. Do you know who else rejected Galileo and his discoveries? The brightest intellectuals, secular philosophers, and academic professors of his day! I never see this mentioned on atheists’ websites. And I think I know why! It takes all the wind out of their “Christians were standing in the way of scientific progress” propaganda. Galileo’s scientific arguments (which built upon and advanced Nicolaus Copernicus’s heliocentric Sun-centered hypothesis published in 1543) threatened the all-pervading view held by the academies. They held to the geocentric understanding developed by Aristotle (384–322 BC) that said the Earth was at the physical center of the universe and Ptolemy’s (AD c. 100–c. 170) view that the Earth was stationary and the Sun revolved around it. This Aristotelian-Ptolemaic geocentric view was entrenched everywhere and it had been for 1400 years. So, it wasn’t just the Church that opposed Galileo’s discoveries! The brightest thinkers of the day disagreed with him, including the “secular philosophers who were enraged at his criticism of Aristotle.
Dear New Atheists, Would You Like to Live in North Korea? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I often hear New Atheist leaders like Sam Harris argue that a society governed purely by science and has banned religion would produce a better culture. Yet, every nation that has followed this prescription has been a totalitarian disaster with a body count that is beyond the grasp of the most horrific imagination.
Paul Copan: We need to be a people who have answers - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I think increasingly we are going to need to be not only the bearers of the gospel to others but a people who have answers available to questions such as, “What about the problem of evil? and “How do I know God exists?” We will need to give basic answers to these objections. Typically, the same questions come up over and over again. You won’t need to learn lots of new material with each person you talk to. If we have a mastery of some of the basics, we can really go a long way. And, as we’re evangelizing, as we’re talking about our faith, we will have greater confidence in presenting the gospel and won’t be daunted by the potential questions that might come up, but rather will say, “I believe the Christian faith does a better job of answering these sorts of questions.” —Paul Copan (From the interview: Starting Right Where I Am )
12 More Apologetics Quotes to Fill Up Your Think Tank - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In this modern world of ours many people seem to think that science has somehow made such religious ideas as immortality untimely or old fashioned. I think science has a real surprise for the skeptics. Science, for instance, tells us that nothing in nature, not even the tiniest particle, can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. If God applies this fundamental principle to the most minute and insignificant parts of His universe, doesn't it make sense to assume that He applies it to the masterpiece of His creation, the human soul?
Disproving Christianity is Like Killing a Zombie - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Killing a zombie isn't tricky, but it does require something specific--you have to destroy the brain. You will barely slow a zombie down by breaking his arms and legs. Even if you have a sword, you will have to get dangerously close to becoming a zombie yourself just to remove his limbs. Why not just swing for the neck? Cutting off the head will make the brain an easy target. Or, if you have a gun, you can pump his chest full of bullets, but at best, you will only take a few chunks out of him. He won't stop coming. Why not just aim for the head? If you kill the brain, you kill the zombie.
The Case for God in Seven Minutes or Less - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
In claiming that there is a God, I am not claiming that we can logically establish the existence of God with complete certainty. Rather my claim is that on the basis of various features of the world around us, it is more reasonable to believe in God than not. Just as scientists appeal to evidence rather than proof for their theories so I will appeal to various features of the universe and our existence in it as evidence for God.
Can Textual Criticism Tell Us Who Authored the Gospels? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Consider the Limits of the Technology Being Used by the Author When the original detective wrote the supplemental report back in the days prior to computers (or word processors), he dictated the words to a secretary who typed them on a typewriter. As a result, detectives seldom returned to earlier portions of the report to modify their language, change punctuation or correct typos. Instead, they learned to live with their prior language choices and grammatical errors due to the technological limits they faced. I’m sure this was also the case with ancient authors writing with primitive tools or dictating to scribes who used the same resources. I’ve returned to articles I’ve written in the past and I’m often embarrassed by my choice of language or poor punctuation. As a result, I’ve re-written a number of these posts and I’m slowly removing the old articles from the web. Ancient authors didn’t have this option…
What Do Artificial Life Projects Demonstrate About the Need for a Divine Creator? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For many years now, scientists have been working feverishly to create “ artificial life ” in the laboratory. Researchers and scientists expect to announce success within just a few years , declaring victory in the rarified field known as “wet artificial life” research. Their goals are ambitious. They must first create a container (or membrane) for the synthetic cell. This membrane must prevent unwanted or destructive molecules from entering the new synthetic protocell , while allowing beneficial and necessary molecules to enter. The container must also allow these molecules to multiply. Scientists must next create a genetic system capable of guiding and controlling the functions of the new cell. This system must direct and allow reproduction within the cell and regulate sufficient mutation to adapt to environmental changes. Finally scientists must create a metabolism capable of allowing raw materials to be extracted from the surrounding environment so they can be processed as food and converted into energy. These are lofty goals but necessary for life to exist at a minimal level.
Why Christians Hold Truth in High Regard - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
From the earliest days of the Christian era, believers understood their responsibility as guardians of truth . The New Testament teaches specific objective truths about the attributes of God , the person of Jesus and the nature of Salvation . In spite of this, a number of teachers emerged over time, promoting claims and ideas contradicting the teaching of scripture. Much of this heretical activity was driven by the three motives commonly responsible for misbehavior . Leaders within Christianity were often driven by their own prideful desires. None of this came as any surprise to those who knew the Scripture, however, since the Bible predicted teachers such as these would arise, offering false ideas and distortions of God’s Word :
How should we engage our culture for Christ? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The place to start is in our homes. By all accounts, we live in a post-Christian culture. We can no longer depend on the community at large to help instill Christian values in our children. The moment they walk out of our homes, they confront a radically secularized world. One of the profound problems we currently face as a church is that the culture and worldview of most Christians is also post-Christian. Sound like an oxymoron? Sadly, it is not. Our homes do not look substantially different from the world. The culture of our homes mirrors the culture at large. What’s the solution? I say we need to, as a church, homeschool. Now, I don’t necessarily mean that all Christians should pull our children out of public and private schools and teach them reading, writing, and arithmetic at home (though some of us should do just this). What I mean is that our homes need to be the sharp contrast from the pressures and dangers that are outside of the home. No matter if our children are in public school or not, we need to provide them a home education where they learn a robust Christian worldview.
Identifying an Argument: Looking for Hidden Premises - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Here we have a premise ("I see an abundance of evil in the world") and a conclusion ("God does not exist"), but how did the person get from the premise to the conclusion? Christians are aware of the evil that exists in the world just as much as anyone else, but they believe in God's existence. So, there must be a something that's implied in the statement, but not said. Now, we don't really know what that second premise is, but we may be able to take a guess. It seems that by using the word "abundance," the speaker is trying to say something about the amount of evil in the world. Maybe he or she thinks there is too much evil. So, I can make an initial assumption that the person is trying to argue this way:
We're Not Good at Estimating Our Goodness - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Compared with "an average prisoner" the participants rated themselves as more moral, kinder to others, more self-controlled, more law-abiding, more compassionate, more generous, more dependable, more trustworthy, and more honest. Remarkably, they also rated themselves as higher on all these traits than "an average member of the community", with one exception – law-abiding. The prisoners rated themselves as equivalent on this trait relative to an average community member.
Living in Community
We are the children of God; birthed in love through the death of His Son. And it is by this love that we are bound to one another. But what if we have no opportunity to demonstrate that love? What if we commute to a building every Sunday and that is the extent of our “family” experience? Do we think for a moment that this is how God intended for our life together to be, a life without manifestations and demonstrations of love? If God is love and love is of God and we are lonely, detached, and empty then something has gone horribly wrong. Some may be self-inflicted, but how much has been inherited by what we have been calling the church?
Gospel Truth? 10 Quick Questions
To believe in a “revelation” is merely to believe that God has revealed something about himself to human beings. Of course, many people have claimed to have received messages from God; these can be read in the scriptural traditions of different religions. (There are also plenty of individuals alive today who claim to hear God; our questions apply to them too.) Different scriptural traditions make incompatible claims– so they cannot all be true. But if we have reason to reject one, shouldn’t we reject every revelation claim? Not at all. There are philosophical, economic, political and moral disagreements between, and within, different cultures. It certainly does not follow that we must reject every moral doctrine and philosophical system!
Maleficent’s nuanced understanding of evil
Maleficent then, is a victim, a product and a perpetrator of evil. But aren’t we all, to various degrees? It’s interesting that although the movie locates sinfulness in Maleficent’s heart (and in the heart of the man who first wronged her), it also acknowledges evil as an outside force. She tries to revoke her curse at one point, proclaiming “Let it be no more,” but the spell is an awful power unto itself. This pure evil is even visualized later in the film, as a growing green light that leads the princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) to a hidden room of spindles, and to her fate.
Faith Is Not the Opposite of Reason - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Many modern skeptics contend that faith and reason are precise opposites. Under their view, my “faith” in Jesus Christ is an act in opposition to reason. At best, it is a form of wishful thinking, a crutch for those who find reality too harsh. True, relying on one’s faith is comforting, but Christians contend that faith is not simply a crutch, because the evidence supports the belief that Jesus lived, died and rose again – just as he said he would. But with the preconception that faith is “just a crutch,” how can a believer ever get a fair hearing on the evidence? It would be like trying to sell someone the worst car on the lot by telling him that driving it will make him happy. Or trying to convince a jury that the defendant is guilty in spite of the lack of evidence because he’s not dressed for success. “Unreasonable” arguments don’t persuade people.
Poll shows Atheists and Christians are Using a Different Defintion of Faith
Well no surprise here. The final results of the Boghossian v McGrew straw poll of Christians and non Christians (over 700 votes were cast) on Boghossian’s definition of ‘faith’. Quite a split. The poll was done on the show Unbelievable about how Christians and atheists are using the word “faith.” What is to be learned here? When you spend no time exegeting the word “faith” from the Bible and rely on dictionary definitions. this is what you wind up with.
Can Science Explain Everything? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Scientism is the view which claims science can account for any and all truths; science is the sole means by which we gain truth and knowledge. In its pure and extreme form scientism is easily defeated, since one may just point out it is self-refuting; the claim that all knowledge can only come from science itself does not come from science. However, some feel that by rewording the claim they can make a separate argument and hence avoid altogether any discussion of theistic argument.
Honest conversations about the questions that matter - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
My hope is that our churches will be places where we can have good, honest conversations about the questions that matter. Let’s learn how to talk about our faith in ways that strengthen those who are struggling.
Dinosaurs, Noah's Flood, and Creationism- An ecological challenge
I recently visited the Science Museum of Minnesota to check out the exhibit “Ultimate Dinosaurs” which features a number of dinosaurs which aren’t typically displayed in North America. I heard one other museum-goer talking about how they always thought that dinosaurs just were dinosaurs–that they were the same all over the Earth. But they weren’t! In fact, there is great diversity in the types of dinosaurs found in different parts of the world. Some are found all over North America; others are restricted to small parts of Africa or South America.
What Are the Gnostic Gospels? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If you turn on the History Channel, A&E, or National Geographic around Christmas or Easter, you’re likely to hear someone talk of conspiracies by Catholic popes and church councils to suppress the truth about Jesus. The agenda of these former bishops, they claim, is simple: they wanted to hold on to positions of power and influence.
The Knowability of God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
While trying to refute an objective, immutable, unchangeable, absolute, reality (i.e. God) the producer of this video has actually proven the opposite. He has to assume there is a Logos for there to be logic. He has to assume that there is a Law for there to be lies. He has to assume that there is Righteousness if he is to justify his righteous indignation. He has to assume that he is right if he is to argue that I am wrong. He has to believe in truth for him to claim that someone else’s beliefs are false. His words are simply a worthless expense of breath unless these standards come from somewhere OUTSIDE of the temporal human mind (his or mine). His epistemological and ontological nihilism implodes upon itself. It is self-refuting. He would have no energy or desire to prove me wrong if he didn’t believe he could PROVE that he is right and his assumption of such “provable rightness” may be the best PROOF that God is God and he is not.
Theism, Atheism, and Rationality: Some Reflections - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Alvin Plantinga was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in the New York Times on the question, “Is Atheism Irrational?” The following Tuesday, a National Public Radio station in Los Angeles asked me to participate in a program (the next day), in which I would engage with an atheist on this topic and then address any questions from callers. I agreed and prepared some material to make the point in defending the plausibility of belief in God.
Why Christians Need To Learn Debate Tactics - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I drew a lot of ire this week when I wrote that Ken Ham was not the right person to debate Bill Nye. I was somehow misread to argue that I was personally attacking Mr. Ham (I wasn’t and I wrote that he’s a nice man), that only people with Ph.D.’s could speak on apologetic issues (I didn’t say that either. I train lay people in apologetics) and on and on and on. What I did say was that on a national stage like the one on which the Ham-Nye debate took place, you want your best Christian thinker, speaker and debater and that means a professional apologist and the most effective of the current batch do hold doctorates (and I’ve yet to hear why that is a bad thing).
What's Wrong with Being Seeker-Centered? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I am astounded in many ways by why it is so difficult for us as a church to simply follow the directions. Why is that so hard? I'm talking about how the church comports itself and how it marshals its efforts in order to have the kind of impact that God intends it to have in the world. It is not even clear to me anymore that the church – speaking in generalizations now, and there are always exceptions –even knows what it is all about, what it is meant to do.
Alleged Bible Contradictions: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Answer Objections - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Anyone who takes a minute to google the phrase “Bible contradictions” will find links to a number of lists. These lists contain purported contradictions in the Bible. It is the onus of the Christian who encounters objections to the Bible which are drawn from such lists to be ready to answer these allegations. Prior to doing this, it would be prudent to give preliminary consideration to the following questions.
There's No Need to Panic (If What We Believe Is True) - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Sometimes it’s hard to stay calm. But composure is typically an external expression of internal confidence. I’ve worked with SWAT officers who were the epitome of calmness in even the most harrowing situations. They never flinched; they never panicked. They knew we were well trained and prepared to address whatever challenge we could face. I think of these officers often as I navigate conversations with people who don’t share my Christian worldview; even people who aggressively oppose something I’ve written or recorded. Those of us who make a public defense of Christianity are likely to encounter strong disagreement on occasion. Sometimes this opposition is pointed, personal, venomous or shrill. I’ve seen some Christian case makers respond in a similar manner, quickly escalating the toxicity of the interaction until both sides are engaged in a frightful slugfest. If our beliefs about Jesus and the worldview He espoused are true, however, there’s really no need for such a panicky response.
Answering Muslims: Pentecost, the Gospel, and the Quran
Pentecost is sometimes referred to as the "birthday of the church," because it was the day the early disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Biblical record presents an interesting contrast with Islam. Muslims believe that Allah revealed the Qur'an only in Arabic, and that the Qur'an cannot be properly understood in any other language. When people question Islamic teachings, they are often told, "You can't criticize the Qur'an, because you can't understand it unless you know classical Arabic." Moreover, the main argument that the Qur'an offers for its divine inspiration is what we might call the "argument from literary excellence" (see Qur'an 2:23). The argument is that each chapter of the Qur'an is so marvelous, it can only come from God. Unfortunately, since the vast majority of people in the world do not understand basic Arabic (let alone classical Arabic), most people aren't in a position to evaluate Muhammad's favorite argument.
It's odd to think that the Creator of the universe, in delivering his final revelation for all mankind, would do so in such a limited fashion.
4 Reasons to Give Generously
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). Giving should ever express unending gratitude for God’s almost unbelievable grace.
Why Understanding Criminal Motive Is So Important to Christians - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Last night, as part of an apologetics series at Grace Fellowship Church , we examined the alternative explanations for the empty tomb of Jesus . One possible explanation suggests the disciples stole the body and conspired to lie about the resurrection appearances. As a skeptic, I believed this was perhaps the most reasonable explanation for the empty tomb , but the more I came to understand what motivates people to lie, murder (or commit any sin at all), the less reasonable this explanation became. As a homicide detective, “motive detection” became an important part of my work. When entering a murder scene, it’s tempting to become overwhelmed with the possibilities. Why did this happen? Who would do such a thing? What could have motivated this? When I was a young investigator, I was sometimes overcome by the possibilities. But as I worked case after case, however, I came to realize murders occur for only one of three reasons. As it turns out, these same three reasons lie at the heart of every other crime as well. In fact, every time you’ve ever done something wrong, you did it
Is cohabitation a better way to prepare for marriage compared than courting?
If you asked me, I would tell you that courting is protection against a bad marriage. And the aim of courting is to interview the other person so that you can see whether they understand the demands of the marriage and whether they can perform their duties to their spouse and children. In particular, men should investigate whether the woman has prepared (or is willing to prepare now) to perform her roles as wife and mother, and women should investigate whether the man has prepared to perform his roles as protector, provider and moral/spiritual leader (or is willing to prepare now). Courting is not designed to be fun, although it can be fun. It is not meant to make people feel happy, it is mean to prepare them for marriage. And this is because you cannot translate fun and happy into marriage, because marriage is about well-defined roles, self-sacrifice and commitment. Marriage is about following through for the other person, whether you get what you want or not.
In the most famous sermon ever given, our Lord spoke to us about our calling, and His promises. The Sermon on the Mount delivers both law and grace, as Jesus expounds how we are to live in His kingdom, and how He blesses us. In the end we remember that He alone is poor in spirit, that He alone mourns and is meek, and that we are in these things in and through Him. With these studies, having considered the qualities that we are called to, and the glory of His reward, we pray, you will come away more zealous for His law, and most of all, more grateful for His grace.
3 Things to Remember in Discussion with Doubters - 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.