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Apologetics and the Academy

I am the author of C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason, published by Inter-Varsity Press. I received a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989.

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5 Tips for Young Apologists

It seems strange to be writing a blog with advice for young apologists. After all, I still think of myself as young! There are many 'seasoned' apologists I turn to for advice and direction that are much older and more experienced than me (don't worry, dad, I won't mention any names!). But since I'm turning 40 this May, I do have some insights for younger apologists that I have learned along the way

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The Case for Christianity According to a 7th Grader | Cold Case Christianity

Secondly, the testimonies given in the New Testament were verified by outside sources and evidence and were not corrupted over time.  Archaeological findings and writings from early, external, non-Christians gave detailed descriptions of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Some of these non-Christian historians included Josephus, Thallus, Tacitus, Mara Bar-Serapion, and Phlegon.  It is powerful to note that even non-followers and those who didn’t necessarily believe that Jesus was the Son of God provided documentation that Jesus lived in Judea, was a virtuous man, had wondrous powers, predicted the future, was the wise “King of the Jews”, was accused by Jewish leaders, and crucified by Pilate during the reign of Tiberius Caesar.  They also described darkness and an earthquake that covered the land at the time of the crucifixion.  Furthermore, these same non-believers stated that Jesus reportedly rose after death, was believed to be the Messiah, and was called the “Christ”.  Supporting that the New Testament accounts were not corrupted over time, the students of the original apostles consistently echoed the same message even though they were spread out geographically.

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Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on CS Lewis

In the last decade a slew of Narnia movies were released in theaters and, though C. S. Lewis has been gone more than 50 years, his books are still as popular as ever. He’s the famous atheist-turned-Christian, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of C. S. Lewis—and why he still matters today.

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Panel Q&A | Worldview Apologetics Conference 2017

For more information visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Dr. Craig was invited to speak at the Worldview Apologetics Conference hosted at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, WA in April of 2017. Here, he joins some of the other conference speakers for a Q&A panel. 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 short-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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Convert Christians to Christianity.

The world often complains about the hypocrites they think are “in the Church.” Yet hypocrites (pretenders) are not part of the Church, which is made up of true believers. Hypocrites merely dwell as goats among the Lord’s sheep, bad fish among the good, tares among wheat until the day God separates them. This verse confirms that sin can bring joy—but only temporarily (see Jer. 12:1; Heb. 11:24,25; also Job 27:8,9).

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Unlock the Riches of Scripture: How I Discover Meaning in the Bible

The aim of reading the Bible is not merely knowing, but also believing and hoping and loving. The whole range of human emotions are possible reactions to the meaning of the Bible. God gave us the Bible not just to inform our minds, but also to transform our hearts — our affections. There is always a more or less fitting way for our affections to be moved by the truth we see.

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Making Apologetics Personal: A Quick Lesson from John 4

Making Apologetics Personal: A Quick Lesson from John 4 by Sean McDowell It’s no secret that I love apologetics. I love to read apologetics blogs, study apologetics books, and have apologetics conversations. But there is a constant temptation I have to battle that I believe is common among many apologists: the temptation to simply study apologetics but not put it into practice . Let me state something clearly up front so I am not misunderstood: Studying apologetics has tremendous value in its own right . After all, learning how to defend the faith can bring both clarity and confidence in God and Scripture. Nevertheless, apologetics does not primarily have an inward focus in the life of the believer. It has an outward focus aimed at graciously answering tough questions that trouble both believers and non-believers in their understanding of God and salvation (e.g., 1 Pet. 3:15; Jude 3). So, why would someone study apologetics but never put it into use? There are probably a myriad of reasons. But I suspect one reason is that its much easier, and more comfortable, to discuss apologetic matters in the abstract.

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Home Page - GiveAnAnswer.org

The blank page before the words begin.  I gaze at it.  You wouldn’t know I was here before the words appeared, but I was.  And now I write these words as you read them.  Did you … [Read More...]

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Put God Back in the Golden Rule

Jesus’s Golden Rule cannot be domesticated and downsized to the equivalent of an insurance aphorism or a fortune-cookie slogan. That’s not to say that many haven’t tried. Here’s how the Golden Rule is usually quoted: “Whatever you wish others would do for you, do also for them.”

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Pew: What Christians Worry About Most

White evangelicals are almost as worried about having their home broken into (72%) as about their health, though fewer are very worried (17% vs. 26%). About three-quarters of other religious groups are also worried, though they vary in their levels of concern. Catholics are the most likely to be very worried (27%) about a home invasion, followed by 20 percent of all Americans, 14 percent of white mainliners, and 11 percent of nones.

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Logic Requires God: It's Only Logical

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The Permission Slip of Suffering: When God Calls Your Child into Danger

Some of us will be called to an even higher degree of relinquishing. We may have to grapple with sacrifice like Hannah, who voluntarily gave her firstborn for the work of the Lord (1 Samuel 1:22). Some of us will need to trust God like Abraham, whose joyful obedience to God outweighed his love for his son (Genesis 22:1–8). The prospect may seem heart-breaking, but if God calls you to the task, he’ll enable you to do it (Isaiah 41:10).

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Caste Aside: India’s New President Has ‘No Room for Christians’

This August 10th will be a “Black Day” to highlight the discrimination suffered by Dalit Christians in India for 67 years. It is the initiative launched by the Indian Bishops' Conference (CBCI) Office of Dalits and the Disadvantaged Classes. In recent days, the bishops expressed their solidarity with the new president, Ram Nath Kovind, of Dalit origins. They also want to remind people that the country implements a constitutional-based discrimination against those Dalits that embrace Christianity.

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Ratio Christi Has a Free Gift for You

But there's so much exciting news about what Ratio Christi is accomplishing through the teaching of apologetics to college and high school students, the inroads we are experiencing with schools, churches, families and communities, and the expansion of strategic alliances with partner organizations. We had to share it with you and invite you to help us combat the issues on campus.

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Philippians 1:6: We Will Finish for He Is Faithful

For example, Paul says, “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Who does the “he” in this verse refer back to? It refers back to “God” in verse 3. This is crucial for understanding the meaning of this text. As the ultimate actor, God is the one who will finish what he started in all believers.

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Thou Shalt Not Kill: Does God Violate His Own Commandment?

One thing you have to love about atheists is their extreme appreciation for the King James Version (KJV) translation. The KJV was translated in the early 17th century using an archaic form of modern English. In the last 400 years, the English language has changed significantly. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who read the KJV (both believers and unbelievers) are unqualified to know what the text means in many instances because of word meaning changes. In attempting to demonstrate the contradiction of God's commands to Israel and the sixth commandment, atheist cite the KJV translation, "Thou shalt not kill."

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Multiverse: Is Our Universe One of Many?

Scientists today increasingly talk and write about the multiverse. What is the multiverse? The multiverse is the belief that our universe is just one of many universes. Presumably, each universe exists parallel to and independent of one another. If this sounds like science fiction, philosophy, or religion, it is, because the multiverse could be classified in any one of those categories. Whatever the multiverse is, it definitely is not science. How can the multiverse be scientific (given that science is the study of the natural world using our five senses) when other universes, by definition, are beyond our ability to detect? If the multiverse is not science, why do so many scientists believe in it? The reasons have nothing to do with science but instead are the result of presuppositions and worldview.

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A Look at Peter Enns Disapproval of Apologetics

A Look at Peter Enns Disapproval of Apologetics by Eric Chabot Biblical scholar Peter Enns has decided to list some of his reasons as to why he isn’t a fan of Christian apologetics . This isn’t anything new. Enns is a Biblical scholar and not an apologist. Here are some of my thoughts on this post: Enns has decided to give his own apologetic as to why he doesn’t like apologetics. So we see the self- defeating nature of such a post. Happens all the time. And once again, we see the unnecessary false dichotomies here. I saw the same things in the Penner/Craig discussion. I wrote about it here. And never mind that Jesus and the Apostles both engaged in reasons for the claims they made in the public square.  As Peter Williams points out, ” Jesus said: ‘believe on the evidence of the miracles’ (John 14:11) •  When John the Baptist questioned if Jesus was the Messiah, Jesus likewise appealed to the evidence of his works (cf. Matthew 11:4–6) •  Paul wrote of ‘defending and confirming the gospel’ (Philippians 1:7) •  Paul ‘reasoned . . . explaining and proving’ (Acts 17:2–3) •  ‘Every Sabbath [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks .

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Why biblical illiteracy is a huge opportunity for the Church - Premier Christianity

Maybe. There's certainly nothing wrong with educating society about the Bible and it is a good thing for Christians in particular to be able to navigate the Bible and show others how to do the same. But there is something about these studies which excites me. Instead of just seeing this as a negative, what if the Church sees this as an opportunity?

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How Christians Can 'Outthink, Outlive, Outpray' Today's Many Small Gods

Christians today could learn a lot from our earliest fathers in the faith. Overcoming great obstacles, they led the Church to explosive growth. They did it, many say, by outthinking, outliving, and outpraying those who opposed them.

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Wisdom in Evangelism

The thing that immediately caught my attention was that the speakers were preparing the audience to have wisdom in evangelism, yet they were teaching apologetics. It is the same reason that J. Warner Wallace says, “ In this day and age, evangelism is spelled A-P-O-L-O-G-E-T-I-C-S .” Our culture is at a point where we have to take a different tactic in the way we approach evangelism. People are being exposed to different religions today like never before, and this is causing people to ask questions. I was talking to my dad over the weekend and I asked him how much he knew about other religions while growing up. He grew up in a very small town where everyone he spent time with went to the same church and the same school. He said that he grew up in a bubble where he wasn’t exposed to other world religions and different belief systems. There was no reason to question his beliefs.

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Died: Haddon Robinson, Champion of Biblical Preaching

“I am but a small part of the great cloud of witnesses that can testify to the eternal impact Dr. Haddon Robinson has made in keeping preachers like me from the sinful extremes of either boring people with the Word of God or exciting them with the words of men,” Evans told DTS.

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Teaching Your Children To Be Apologists

My introduction to apologetics began when I was new in my walk as a Christian over twenty-eight years ago. Since that time, there have been countless conversations between my husband and me examining various teachings and belief systems that contradict our biblical faith. These conversations went hand in hand with studies we conducted because of challenges to our faith, the desire to minister to others, and the desire to be better informed. Our children could not have possibly avoided overhearing many of these conversations any more than my husband could have avoided hearing that “ old country ” music that his father played in their home while he was growing up. While I guessed that some of our biblical arguments would be assimilated by our children, I was not content to leave it to that. We worked to equip them intentionally.

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BreakPoint: Continental Suicide

What Murray means when he says that Europe is “committing suicide” is that “the civilization we know as Europe is in the process of committing suicide.” It’s a fate that neither his native “Britain nor any other Western European country can avoid . . . because [they] all appear to suffer from the same symptoms and maladies.”

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A Broken and Contrite Heart God Will Not Despise

Jesus, once for all, by his life and death, purchased our forgiveness and provided our righteousness. We can add nothing to the purchase or the provision. We share in the forgiveness and the righteousness by faith alone. But in view of the holiness of God and the evil of sin, it is fitting that we appropriate and apply what he bought for us by prayer and confession every day. “Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:11–12). Daily request for bread, because he has promised to meet every need; daily prayer appropriation of forgiveness, because it is fully purchased and secured for us by the death of Jesus.

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Why Christians Should Stop Caring About So Many Causes

If anyone should be known for not just showing up to help but for following through with real hope for suffering people, it should be followers of Christ. We are the ones commissioned by Jesus to go into the hard places, the hostile places, the ragged edges of our world, not just to proclaim the good news but to be the good news of God’s love in action.

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A Practical Guide to Culture - Tim Challies

The authors approach the subject in four parts. In the first they introduce the notion of culture and tell why it matters which provides a kind of framework for the rest of the book. In the second they provide a read of the cultural waters, pointing to a number of prominent culture-shaping undercurrents we may take for granted: the Information Age, new notions of identity, technology’s role in allowing us to be alone together, and perpetual adolescence. The third part is the heart of the book, and here they discuss eight of the cultural waves pounding against the church today: pornography, the hookup culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, affluence and consumerism, addiction, entertainment, and racial tension. In every case they identify the cultural lies, compare those lies to biblical truth, offer practical counsel on taking action, and provide a vision for overcoming the challenges they present. The fourth part provides brief primers on worldview essentials, and especially those related to the centrality and trustworthiness of the Bible.

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Theistic Evolution: The Charge of Deism- An answer from George Frederick Wright

The briefest examination of Wright that we’ve put forward here could be expanded in looking at his many other works. But the point that we’ve made ought to carry. Evolution does not, in and of itself, remove the possibility of telos or final ends in nature. Because of that, theistic evolutionists (or evolutionary creationists, as many prefer the terminology now) are not deists. Wright’s other, more controversial, point is that evolution ought to be seen in the same light as the movement of planets and other heavenly bodies. Again, this is not to take away final ends or purpose in creation. Wright’s point was that even though we have natural explanations for the movements of heavenly bodies, we still observe final ends in those same movements. He extends that point to speciation, which will surely be controversial, but has precedent in Christian theology.

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From Jonathan Edwards to Jerry Falwell

I don’t think all of this history is pointing solely toward the emergence of the Christian Right. It seems to me that Charles Finney, for example, foreshadows the more progressive part of today’s evangelical world. The evangelical left has always looked back to evangelicals before the fundamentalist-modernist crisis of the early 20th century, when they were, to a large extent, focused on social issues as well as personal conversion.

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Remembering Haddon Robinson

The poor man, by virtue of his profession, had to sit through thousands of awful sermons. I’ll never forget the comment he made after my first mini-sermon in his class. Haddon was refreshingly frank in his evaluations. He wasn’t cruel, but he wasn’t overly sympathetic to our nerves or our fragile egos. I appreciated that about him. Toward the end of his on-the-spot, in-front-of-the-class evaluation, he said, “Kevin, that illustration you gave, well, it was better than nothing.” The class started laughing, but he wasn’t poking fun, just being candid. “No, I mean it,” he continued. “You knew that you needed something there, and what you came up with was better than nothing.” Only slightly so, I imagine.

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Why Evangelism Requires Both Logic and Loveliness

The fact that the beauty in a church is objective—available for the aesthetic appreciation of the atheist as much as for the believer—is part of its value for imaginative apologetics. We know to whom the beauty points; the skeptic may not yet follow us that far, but he can be drawn forward and invited to contemplation. The beauty offered by a church of traditional design (whether old or new in its construction), and the meaningfulness of its design and symbolism, are available for the skeptic to consider without the pressure of argument and decision. It is not necessary for the skeptic to know all the meaning of the symbolism in the church’s art and design. Some of it becomes apparent in the action of the liturgy and some of it is accessible by intuition. But the very existence of depths of meaning, beyond the surface, is itself a statement about our faith: That it is living, with more always available to discover; that in it we have discovered beauty that is ever ancient and ever new.

42 Modeling God's Love by R.C. Sproul | July 25, 2017

Since long-suffering love and kindness are rooted in the character of God, Christians should emulate and manifest these traits toward one another. But how is it possible to do so when one is slighted, insulted, or slandered? In this lesson, Dr. Sproul begins explaining the opening verses of Paul’s magnificent exposition of the content and nature of these manifestations of love in 1 Corinthians to show the supreme importance of true love over all other things.

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Dunkirk, Brooklyn, the Exodus: God's Miracles in History | The Stream

God’s greatest intervention, though, was not in a miraculous action to save a beleaguered army. It was when the second person of the Trinity became a man. When Jesus of Nazareth, God incarnate, dwelt among us. When he took the penalty for our sins on the cross. And when he rose again to new life on the third day.

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Law of Non-Contradiction

Frank Turek Speaks at Elon University and Explains the Law of Non-Contradiction

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Renewing Your Mind | Science | Jul 25, 2017

Is the realm of scientific study off limits for Christians? Today, R.C. Sproul begins a series on worldviews as he considers the value and usefulness of science.

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