Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Favorite Apologetics Apps

I have been checking out the available apologetics apps and I wanted to share the ones that I have found most helpful.  They are all available for free!

1. The Cold-Case Christianity App- This one features the work of cold-case homocide detective J. Warner Wallace.  It offers articles, podcasts, videos, free bible inserts and more!

2. The Reasonable Faith App- With this free app you get access to Dr. William Lane Craig’s weekly Q&A, articles, audio and video of debates and talks, including Dr. Craig’s popular Reasonable Faith Podcast and Defenders Podcast.

3. The Cross Examined App- Featuring a "Quick Answers" section that helps you respond to popular objections to Christianity, the Cross Examined blog, speaker schedule, and radio recordings- this app can help you grow and defend the faith.

4. The gotQuestions? App- This application has over 4,400 of our most frequently asked questions about the Bible organized by topic, with a built-in search function, the ability to bookmark articles for easier future access, automatic downloading of new/updated articles, and the option to ask a question if the answer to your question is not already available in the app.

5. Reasons to Believe App- Get equipped with powerful new reasons to believe and enjoy content-rich apologetic material delivered to you, wherever you are.

6. The Stand to Reason App- Get equipped anywhere, anytime with Stand to Reason’s free iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad app. Stand to Reason trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values.

7. STR Quick-Reference App- Stand to Reason's Quick-Reference App summarizes the information you need to know about tactics, abortion, and other relevant topics through text and video, equipping you to engage in thoughtful conversation about the most important issues of life from a classical Christian perspective.

What about you?  What is your favorite apologetics app?  Please share in the comments!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day: Heroes Remembered...


We at Truthbomb Apologetics just wanted to offer a sincere thank you to those men and women who have served, or are serving, in our armed forces.

In a society that so often elevates and glorifies so-called "celebrities," we are grateful for the lives that have been sacrificed and the time that has been willingly given by you, the real heroes.

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."

-Joseph Campbell


We thank you...

May God Bless You Richly in Christ Jesus,
Chad

Could Acceptance of Abortion Be a Matter of Ignorance?

In the subject piece, Amy Hall of Stand to Reason reflects upon the abolition movement's revelation of the truth of the slave trade and the revelation of the truth about abortion through the videos about Planned Parenthood this past year. Upon this reflection, she wonders why the public sentiment towards abortion has not shifted against abortion as it did with the slave trade when ignorance of its practices decreased. She then watched the video below and is hoping that ignorance of what abortion is is the reason.




I think ignorance is a main factor contributing to abortion still being acceptable.  What are your thoughts?

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Saturday, May 28, 2016

What is Metaphysics?

If you go into a local bookstore and look in the section titled "Metaphysics" you are likely to find books on psychics, crystals and mysticism.  Sadly, the term has been hijacked and in this post I want to clarify just what metaphysics is.

Technically speaking, metaphysics is a discipline within philosophy.  According to H. Wayne House and Joseph M. Holden in their book Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences, metaphysics "literally means 'after physics' in Greek.  This thought process was named by Andronicus of Rhodes to designate the unnamed books that appeared after Aristotle's Physics.  Through the use of the term 'beyond' or 'after,' the term metaphysics has come to be known as beyond the physical, a study of being or reality.  'What are the ultimate, objective constituent of reality?' 'What is the nature of space and time?' 'Must every event have a cause?'"1

Author Dave Sterrett explains metaphysics as follows:

“Metaphysics has been defined as the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things…Metaphysics also applies to concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space.”2

So don't confuse "pop" metaphysics with the real thing!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnotes:
1. H. Wayne House and Joseph M. Holden, Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences, Chart 14.
2. Dave Sterrett, Aborting Aristotle, p. 13-14.  Our review is here.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Dude, What's Your Standard?



The title of this blog post was “borrowed” from the Morality chapter of Frank Turek’s book- Stealing from God: Why atheists need God to make their case. I thought of it recently while seeing Twitter feeds from prominent atheists promoting a cause to stop the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China.  The event, held annually in June, leads to the deaths of over 10,000 dogs.  When I read descriptions of the festival and see images, I wholeheartedly agree this appears to be a very inhumane event. 

I was reminded of this quote from Dr. Turek-

“Atheists are caught in a dilemma.  If God doesn’t exist, then objective moral rights don’t exist, including all those that atheists support.  If God does exist, then objective moral rights exist.  But those rights clearly don’t include cutting up babies in the womb, same-sex marriage, and other invented absolutes contrary to every major religion and the “self-evident” natural law.”1

I am sure there are those who may want to debate whether or not dogs should be used for food, similar to how cows are used for beef.  But as an atheist, what is the standard that tells you whether or not it’s wrong to torture dogs?

If you want to see Dr. Turk defend a challenge to the moral argument for the existence of God, click here for a brief 8 minute video. 

Have a great Memorial Day weekend.  If you happen to see someone who serves or has served in our Armed Forces, take a moment to thank them for their service!

God Bless,

The Other Chad

Footnotes: 
1: Stealing from God p. 107

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The 10 Commandments of Logic

These are not original to me; however, I have seen them around the internet and find them most helpful.  May all of us strive to obey these in our interactions and discussions!

1. Thou shall not attack the person’s character, but the argument. (Ad hominem)

2. Thou shall not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in order to make them easier to attack. (Straw man fallacy)  

3. Thou shall not use small numbers to represent the whole. (Hasty generalization) 

4. Thou shall not argue thy position by assuming one of its premises is true. (Begging the question) 

5. Thou shall not claim that because something occurred before, it must be the cause. (Post Hoc/False cause) 

6. Thou shall not reduce the argument down to two possibilities. (False dichotomy) 

7. Thou shall not argue that because of our ignorance, claim must be true or false. (Ad ignorantum) 

8. Thou shall not lay the burden of proof onto him that is questioning the claim. (Burden of proof reversal) 

9. Thou shall not assume “this” follows “that” when it has no logical connection. (Non sequitur) 

10. Thou shall not claim that because a premise is popular, therefore it must be true. (Bandwagon fallacy)

Courage and Godspeed,

Chad

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Argument from Efficient Causality

In their short book the Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli share the following argument:

We notice that some things cause other things to be (to begin to be, to continue to be, or both).  For example, a man playing the piano is causing the music that we hear.  If he stops, so does the music.

Now ask yourself: Are all things caused to exist by other things right now? Suppose they are.  That is, suppose there is no Uncaused Being, no God.  Then nothing could exist right now.  For remember, on the no-God hypothesis, all things need a present cause outside of themselves in order to exist.  So right now, all things, including all those things which are causing other things to be, need a cause.  They can give being only so long as they are given being.  Everything that exists, therefore, on this hypothesis, stands in need of being caused to exist.

But caused by what?  Beyond everything that is, there can only be nothing.  But that is absurd: all of reality dependent- but dependent on nothing!  The hypothesis that all being is caused, that there is no Uncaused Being, is absurd.  So there must be something uncaused, something on which all things that need an efficient cause of being are dependent.

Existence is like a gift given from cause to effect.  If there is no one who has the gift, the gift cannot be passed down the chain of receivers, however long or short the chain may be.  If everyone has to borrow a certain book, but no one actually has it, then no one will ever get it.  If there is no God who has existence by his own eternal nature, then the gift of existence cannot be passed down the chain of creatures and we can never get it.  But we do get it; we exist.  Therefore there must exist a God: an Uncaused Being who does not have to receive existence like us- and like every other link in the chain of receivers.

So what do you think of the argument?  If you are still scratching your head, you can watch J.P. Moreland unpack it here

Please feel free to share your comments below!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli, Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics, p. 20.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bart Ehrman and Mike Licona Dialogue on the Historical Reliability of the New Testament

From February 19 through May 6, 2016, TheBestSchools.org hosted an in-depth dialogue on the historical reliability of the New Testament between biblical scholars Bart D. Ehrman and Michael R. Licona

The dialogue is now complete and comments are still open on each portion of the dialogue so feel free to join the discussion!

The dialogue is as follows:

Interview with Bart Ehrman (February 19, 2016)

Interview with Michael Licona (February 19, 2016)

Major Statement by Bart Ehrman (March 12, 2016)

Major Statement by Michael Licona (March 12, 2016)

Detailed Response by Bart Ehrman (April 12, 2016)

Detailed Response by Michael Licona (April 12, 2016)

Final Reply by Bart Ehrman (Friday, May 06, 2016)

Final Reply by Michael Licona (Friday, May 06, 2016)

To learn more about this dialogue and the participants, go here.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Monday, May 23, 2016

Craig and Moreland on the Importance of Philosophy

It is not just scholars and ministers who will benefit form training in philosophy, but also laypeople who need to be intellectually engaged if our culture is to be effectively reformed. Our churches are unfortunately overlying populated with people whose minds as Christians, are going to waste...they may be spiritually regenerate, but their minds have not been converted; they still think like nonbelievers. Despite their Christian commitment, they remain largely empty selves. What is an empty self? An empty self is a person who is passive, sensate, busy and hurried, incapable of developing an interior life.  Such a person is inordinately individualistic, infantile and narcissistic...if wee as the church are to engender a current of reform throughout the culture, then we need laypeople who are intellectually engaged with their faith and take their Christian identity to be definitive for their self-conception.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Footnote:
Craig, William Lane and Moreland, J.P. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Pages 5 and 6.