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What Counts As Evidence When Making the Case for Christianity? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

What counts as evidence, and do we need a particular kind of evidence to make the case for Christianity?

You Can’t Climb a Mountain with Ostrich Legs | Evolution News

Compromises are driven by the limitations of a material world, but also by the vision that lies behind the design.

Derren Brown and Richard Coles discuss whether Christianity or atheism is the path to happiness - Premier

Well known illusionist Derren Brown and the Rev Richard Coles, host of Radio 4's Saturday Live show and star of programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, talk about faith, atheism and Jesus in a brand new video series. The pair discuss the search for happiness and whether humans can have meaning in life without God.

Did The Early Church Councils Decide What We Believe About Jesus? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace answers a question about the role the early Church Counsels played in determining the New Testament canon.

ESV Scripture Journal: New Testament Boxed Set Review - Bible Buying Guide

The ESV Scripture Journal presents each biblical book individually which the text on one side of the page and lines on the other – providing space for notes, thoughts, and prayers. Each book is available to purchase individually, and the Old and New Testaments are available (or will soon be available) in boxed sets. It …

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CSB Apologetics Study Bible - Kindle edition by CSB Bibles by Holman. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Decent as a study bible, but it's not what I thought it would be. The study notes are basic, pretty much like any other study bible, there are some good articles in it, however I wouldn't say there is much in the way of apologetics in the notes or articles. I'm not going to return it, but I would not order it of your looking for an in depth study resource.

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Five Bad Reasons Not To Study Apologetics

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44) Many quote this verse to show that apologetics is useless in evangelism. Of course, nothing will work if the Holy Spirit isn’t involved. Not apologetics, not sharing the gospel, not preaching, nothing.

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Is Jesus Simply a Copy Cat of Mithras? (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this blast from the past, J. Warner examines the historicity and nature of Jesus Christ. Before we can even look at who Jesus claimed to “be”, we need to make sure He existed in the first place. Critics claim that Jesus is simply a re-telling of the Mithras mythology, copying Mithras’ virgin birth, death and resurrection and many other similar details. But is Jesus truly similar to Mithras? Are there good reasons to expect ancient seekers to create a God that is similar to the true God of the universe?

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Cold-Case Christianity for Kids is Finally Available! | | Cold Case Christianity

Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective is written for 8- to 12-year-olds and corresponds to the chapter sequence of the adult version of the book, so parents and kids can study together (I love that!). Even though 8 to 12 is the target age range, you can absolutely use this with 6- or 7-year-olds if you’re working through it with them and helping them understand the concepts. My 7-year-old son was so engaged by it that he read the first 60 pages in two days after receiving it.

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What did Jesus Actually Achieve?

Jesus didn't come to turn bad people in good, he came to make dead people live. Watch the entire debate here: https://youtu.be/t-p2eSkmyIQ

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"Tent-Making" Christian Case Makers on Facebook | Cold Case Christianity

The growing interest in Christian Case Making has resulted in an explosion of “tent-making” apologists across the Internet . If you’re beginning to recognize your calling as a Christian Case Maker , there are a number of ways you can begin to make an impact on the culture. You can teach a class at your church, begin a blog or website, write a newsletter, start recording videos on YouTube, or inaugurate a new podcast. If this feels a bit intimidating, there may be an even easier way to get in the game. Most of us are familiar enough with Facebook to navigate and interact with our friends and family. This is also an excellent platform for initiating conversations bout the case for Christianity. Today I want to feature several Christian Case Making groups on Facebook. These groups are interactive, and once members join they have the ability to post and comment on all the content being discussed within the group. All of them were started by “tent-makers”. These faithful Christians come from a variety of occupations and lifestyles (I’ve listed the administrators for each group):

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Does It Take More Faith To Be An Atheist?

Using their definition of faith, I can see why the hosts of Ask An Atheist take exception to this. In fact, when we have the correct definition of biblical faith, then you understand that we all have faith. Christian faith is similar to the faith described by the one host who talked about having two decades of evidence to support her trust in her husband. We all have to put our trust in the evidence, and I’m convinced that Christians have a far greater amount of evidence to put our trust in compared to atheism. That is why it takes more faith to be an atheist.

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What Is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? - Christian Research Institute

To begin with, God placed the tree in the middle of Paradise as a test; Satan perverted it as a temptation. In eating from the tree about which God said, “When you eat of it you will surely die,” Adam challenged God as arbiter of good and evil (Genesis 2:17).

12 J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Biola, and Author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith

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It’s Becoming Harder to Ignore the Genocide in Nigeria | The Stream

Yet the same world that is concerned (rightly so) about the rescue of trapped boys in a cave in Thailand is indifferent to a genocide taking place on our watch.

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Never heard of Doug before i saw him on your twitter feed. I am greatful i could pray for him.

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Terrell Clemmons interviews Nancy Pearcey about the impact of secularism

Salvo magazine is my favorite magazine for the discussion of issues related to the Christian worldview. They focus on the most interesting topics; sex and feminism, intelligent design and evolution, marriage and family, abortion and euthanasia, etc. One of their writers, Terrell Clemmons, has just about the best Christian worldview I’ve ever encountered. She interviewed well-known Christian writer Nancy Pearcey in Salvo magazine .

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3 Reasons Every Christian Should Know the Moral Argument

This argument shows how almost every person on the planet is effected by God’s moral law in the form of Objective Moral Values and Duties that cannot be accounted for it outside of God’s very nature.

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A Parent's Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian

To be clear, none of the non-believers I personally know would use shaming tactics in person. But when people are behind their screens, it brings down the “barrier” of civility, and faith conversations often look very different. You can see it on social media (even with friends who wouldn’t say such things in person), comments on news articles, blog posts—everywhere.

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CRI Resource: CRI18072A - Christian Research Institute

Why People Stop Believing by Paul Chamberlain This book addresses a growing need in apologetic literature. It is a response to the growing wave of Christian leaders who are rejecting Christianity and becoming some of its most ardent critics, often supported by a plethora of new organizations arising to encourage such people to cut ties to their faith. This is a new challenge from a different breed of critics who are using their instant credibility and insider’s knowledge of theology, the Bible, church history, even apologetics, to debunk the faith they once believed and promoted. They have taken aim at the foundations of Christianity, including God, the Scriptures, miracles and the supernatural, and Christianity’s perceived inherent prohibition on free enquiry.

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Who Did Jesus Think He Was?

For More Information: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/jesus... Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai... Ever since the Christian movement began, followers of Jesus Christ have said he was God ... in human form. But what about Jesus himself? Who did he think he was? With the rise of textual criticism and the modern study of history, historians have developed tools to unlock this question. Today Jesus of Nazareth is no longer just a figure in a stained glass window, but a real person of history, whose life can be investigated historically.

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This Week in Christian History: Salvation Army, Father of Gospel Music, Catholic Reformer Burned

Here are just a few things that happened this week, July 1-7, in Church history. They include the birth of an influential Gospel music writer, the founding of the Salvation Army, and the burning of Jan Hus.

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Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: This Week's Top Ten Best-Sellers!

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.

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President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a prime-time announcement tonight. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to give the court a likely solid 5-4 conservative majority. dailysignal.com/2018/07/09/8-t…

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How to Engage Angry Blowing-Their-Top Atheists

Some atheists (anti-theists) are very angry and very aggressive -- Discover how to engage them properly. amzn.to/2myF4kR

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Encryption System Found in Genes | Evolution News

Now, according to the scientists at Aarhus, the specific position of the m6a mark appears highly relevant not only to the type of messenger RNA produced — and thus the protein to be translated — but also to the rate of production. If the m6a mark is placed near a splice junction, the constitutive transcript is produced quickly (i.e., exons are arranged in the order they were transcribed). If the mark is placed on an intron, it slows down the splicing, and might produce a completely different transcript with a different protein resulting. Is this a method to achieve cell-specific regulation?

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'A Living Hell': Some 3,000 Displaced Nigerian Christians in Agony Amid Slaughter

Nigerian Christians were have been displaced by the thousands due to mass slaughter in the villages surrounding Jos in Plateau state are in a "living hell" and agony, a watchdog group assisting the victims said.

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Prince Louis christening: Prince William's former 'court jester' among godparents - Premier

Louis' other godparents are: Nicholas van Cutsem - one of the van Custem brothers, who are long-time family friends of William and Harry; Harry Aubrey-Fletcher who went to Ludgrove School and Eton with William; Lady Laura Meade, who is married to William's close friend James Meade; Kate's Marlborough schoolfriend Hannah Carter (nee Gillingham); and the duchess's cousin Lucy Middleton.

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Is your kid really top 3? Out of 10,000? For all of us who don’t have the next Steph Curry on our hands, let’s set realistic goals for our kids' participation in youth sports: have fun, stay fit, let’s help them develop discipline and appreciate teamwork. bit.ly/2L230bE pic.twitter.com/W9Neu4Y0qs

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Four more boys trapped for more than two weeks in a partially flooded cave in Thailand were brought out Monday, raising to eight the number of youths rescued but still leaving four young soccer...

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We are excited to feature John Stonestreet and Trevin Wax, Worldview Study Bible General Editor, in an exclusive FREE webinar to discuss the Study Bible, how it came about, and why it is so helpful to Christians. bit.ly/2NzhQb0

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Church blasts Orange walks after priest spat on and hit - Premier

The Archdiocese of Glasgow has blasted Orange walks in Scotland after a priest was allegedly spat on and hit.

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How (Not) to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Is it important to know your spiritual gifts? Or is that concern evidence of the narcissism so characteristic of our culture today? Perhaps we can compare figuring out our spiritual gifts to the current interest in personality tests and profiles like the Enneagram. The Enneagram explores nine different personality types and has made quite a splash in evangelical circles. Kevin DeYoung rightly warns  about the dangers of the Enneagram, explaining that it’s alien to Scripture in many respects. Russell Moore is sympathetic to what DeYoung says, agreeing that the Enneagram isn’t helpful if embraced root and branch, but thinks it can be used as a tool to discern and understand one’s potential strengths and weaknesses, as well as the motivating desires and inclinations of others. I think we can say something similar about the process of discerning spiritual gifts. Spiritual Gift Tests? Over the years, it has been popular to use spiritual gift inventories and questionnaires to help believers discover their spiritual gifts. The major problem with these tools is that they’re an abstraction; we can take those tests and try to discover our gifts without being involved in the life of the local church.

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Exposing Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris, Joe Rogan, Dave Rubin A Christian Analysis

Sorry, this is stupid. Ben Shapiro’s good friend and colleague Andrew Klavan is a Christian that believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and not just in a metaphorical sense. I believe he is an evangelical. They talk all the time on air for everyone to see. The IDW is not a formal group that invites people in by voting. Not at all. They’re just people who disagree on things but want to talk honestly and not get beat up for it. I will admit I did not watch the full two hours of this, but the page of text in the description was enough for me to tell that this guy doesn’t understand what these people are about. It’s not a group concerned about diversity, because it’s not really a group at all. They are just popular intellectuals that have all been cast out by the far right and left fanatics, and they just happen to enjoy talking to one another. They don’t need quotas for the amount of Jews, Atheists, Christians, and agnostics because as I said before, they aren’t a formal group with memberships and rules. That’s what makes the whole thing cool. I’ve seen Jordan Peterson and even Sam Harris talk to people like William Lane Craig (a true Christian in the classic sense and an intellectual).

37 Risk Your Kids for the Kingdom? On Taking Children to Unreached Peoples

It was a horrendous voyage. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. And when the boy came back, he said he didn’t ever want to go across the Atlantic again as long as he lived. And then his father was called back, and his mother said you’re going back. And here is what she wrote to him. And please keep in mind this is being written to an 11-year-old boy and listen to how different it is from how we talk to our children in our time. It’s as if she were addressing a grown-up. She’s talking to someone they want to bring along quickly because there’s work to do and survival is essential:

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Frank reflects on the life of Charles Krauthammer who just recently passed away then retakes the topic of his last podcast that focused on the question “What worldview best explains the biggest questions in life?” He deals with some of the most important questions we need to answer. Questions such as: Why is the universe fine-tuned? Why is there reliable cause and effect? Why is there such a thing as evidence? How did life begin? and many more. Listen to find out the answer to these questions.

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Bible Contradiction? Who sent the Holy Ghost?

I was so focus on answering this Bible contradiction I didn’t think much about the Church’s Filoque controversy until you commented so thank you for bringing that up. In my view the controversy was quite early in the Church before there was Romanism and Eastern Orthodoxy (well before the East and West church split in what, 1096 or 1090s?). Of course this is one of the doctrines that led to the split and disagreement between the Latin speaking and Greek speaking churches which I personally don’t necessarily label as Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox since at that time there was still “One” Catholic (universal) Church. I do think the Western “Churches” (including Protestants) are right to see Jesus also sent the Spirit because it says so in Scripture. Some of the discussion between East and West in the past doesn’t make sense to me for instance the Eastern churches saying the Western churches has no right to modify creeds since there was not a council or universal agreement of the total Church to say the Son also sent the Spirit. This already presuppose a certain theological method but for one who hold to Sola Scriptura its not my method but we go by what Scripture says.

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Neuroscientist Michael Egnor, the Philosophical Physician, on Science and the Soul | Evolution News

Try to read this through to the end without getting chills. It’s an essay by neurosurgeon Michael Egnor, our friend and contributor, on “ Science and the Soul .” Writing for Plough Quarterly , he starts very strikingly this way:

42 How Our Sex Life Manifests Our Soul Health

1. The connection between Romans 1:23 and 24: “[They] exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images . . . ” Verse 24: “Therefore” — that is a very important word — “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves.” So, the exchange vertically in verse 23 (they exchanged the glory of God) results in God handing them over to horizontal dishonorable passions of the body in lust. Where does lust come from? Where does the brokenness of our God-given, beautiful sexual reality come from? Where does that brokenness come from? It comes from the brokenness of exchange.

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The Origin of Evolutionism: It Didn’t Begin with Darwin

I proclaim to you God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring.” Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead (Acts 17:23–31; NKJV).

44 Beth Moore Says Social Media Is 'Breeding Abusers' and Tells Christians to Help Stop It

After a social media hiatus, Bible teacher Beth Moore returned to Twitter with some reflections on the toxicity of social media culture and the necessity for Christian “civility.” Moore wrote a short thread about humility and self-control, quoting the famous passage from James about taming one’s tongue (James 3).

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John 10:29 “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand Because Jesus said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I [Jesus's Father, God is] You humans misinterpret much Oh how it irks me sometimes

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Fantastic Voyage: How Could Noah Build the Ark?

Another factor must be raised. Consider the implications of building such an enormous boat out of wood over the course of many decades. Exposed to the elements, wood tends to warp and decay as it endures heat, cold, and changes in humidity. Imagine trying to complete one part of the Ark decades after another section had been built. The earliest parts of the construction might need repair by the time the Ark was finished. Of course, Noah coated the Ark inside and out with pitch, but we do not know how well this treatment could prevent warping and decay, and we do not know the qualities of gopherwood in these regards.

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John & Ed discuss the sometimes tricky relationship between patriotism and faith in Jesus, asking whether it's appropriate to sing about and celebrate the country in church settings. Giants of the faith like Abraham Kuyper offer some incisive answers. bit.ly/2KD0hJo pic.twitter.com/qvKmm2uYAH

50 Spiritual Growth Is Not an Accident

When it comes to us, as “plants” (trees or branches), we see the same design of our sovereign God: what we do, or don’t do, really matters. How precisely our real responsibility works with God’s ultimate sovereignty is not a mystery God means for us to solve. It’s a truth he means for us to trust. The important thing we need to know is that if we draw from the stream or from the vine, we will have all we need to tend the gardens God gives us.

51 The Apologetics of Jesus: Asking Tactful Questions - A Clear Lens
52 The Bible Isn't Answering Your Questions
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54 The Truth About Communication After Marriage
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56 General Synod schedule amended to allow clergy to watch England World Cup game - Premier
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58 Justin Welby says he doesn't pray for healing for daughter's disability - Premier
59 Star Trek: DS9 Season 4 “The Sword of Kahless” and “Our Man Bashir”
60 10 Biblical Reasons God Allows Suffering
61 Philippine Church leaders call for prayer and fasting after president calls God 'stupid' - Premier
62 Can We Prove God Without the Bible?
63 To Be a Mother Is a Call to Suffer
64 A massive intellectual leap of faith
65 Francis Schaeffer: Pastor, Evangelist, Apologist, Prophet
66 Justin Bieber tells fans God's timing is 'literally perfect' as he confirms engagement to Hailey Baldwin - Premier
67 Why I left the Word-Faith Movement
68 The Power of Patient Presence in Urban Ministry
69 Will I Be Single Forever?
70 Jen Wilkin Has Found God’s Will for Your Life
71 Let Precious Moments Pass You By
72 Students criticize hiring of theoretical physicist because he defends monogamy - The College Fix
73 My challenge for you is to consider the evidence for yourself
74 Listen: Deflating the Multiverse, and the New Atheists | Evolution News
75 Is the Old Testament Reliable?
76 C.S. Lewis, Evangelism, and Cultural Engagement
77 The One Question Every Husband and Wife Secretly Asks
78 They Will Know Us By Our Tribes
79 Church Sign of the Week: A Nice Little Devil Joke
80 Can Creationists Be “Real” Scientists?
81 Episcopal Church Closer to Revising Official Prayer Book to Include 'Inclusive,' 'Expansive Language' for God
82 Reimagining Revoice as a Servant of Mammon | Blog & Mablog
83 Hillsong's Brooke Ligertwood Used a Questionable Toilet Metaphor for Worship Music
84 Harvard Law Journal concludes: The preborn child is a constitutional person
85 The Thomistic Cosmological Argument
86 Starbucks Is Getting Rid of Plastic Straws Globally by 2020
87 Archaeologists Discover Entrance Gate to Biblical City of Zer, Where Jesus Fed Thousands in Miracle
88 Gal Gadot Visited a Children's Hospital in Full Wonder Woman Garb
89 Honestly Assessing Our Decision to Public School Our Kids - Tim Challies
90 How Standard Evangelical Books on Biblical Interpretation Are Undermining the Bible
91 Museum of the Bible highlights universities' abandoned religious roots - The College Fix
92 Pastor in Thailand praying for cave rescue to be used as evangelism tool - Premier
93 The Christian Post
94 Is Science one Gene away From Defeating Religion?