Thursday, December 12, 2019

A Collection of Responses to Richard Dawkins' Latest Book, "Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide to Atheism"

It has been quite awhile since I have taken Richard Dawkins serious as a thinker.  Frankly, Dawkins is a sloppy thinker who only succeeds in dumbing down the question of God's existence.  As I have noted here, there are numerous reasons why his views on ethics, philosophy and theology are sophomoric at best, and morally deplorable at worst.  However, his influence among internet atheists cannot be denied.  Although I confess I don't understand why.  It seems to me that "Darwin's Pitbull," has become nothing more than a yapping Chihuahua.  But, for those who are still (for some unknown reason) influenced by this once great thinker, here are some responses  to his new book for your consideration.

Outgrowing Atheism: it's time for Richard Dawkins to grow up by David Robertson

If Richard Dawkins loves facts so much, why can’t he get them right? by Damian Thompson

More of Dawkins’ same old tired rhetoric by Matthew Cserhati

How Dawkins’ Outgrowing God Capitalizes on Our Culture’s Inability to Think Critically by Hillary Morgan Ferrer

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Christmas- Pagan or Not?

Does Christmas have pagan origins or not?  Today's post features 3 short and concise articles by apologist and speaker Lenny Esposito that consider this question historically and with up-to-date scholarship.

Esposito writes:

"The claim that the roots of Christmas are pagan is one I hear over and over again, especially in December. The idea isn't even new. The New England Puritans, who valued work more than celebration, taught such.  Puritan preacher Increase Mather preached that "the early Christians who first observed the Nativity on December 25 did not do so thinking that 'Christ was born in that Month, but because the Heathens Saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian.'

When one digs into the actual history however, a much different picture arises. There are two ways to approach the question: one is to see how December 25 became associated with the Nativity, which is how the early church would have referred to the day of Christ's birth. The other one is to look at the celebrations of Saturnalia and Sol Invictus. Either approach shows the dubious nature of the claim that Christmas has pagan roots."

The articles are as follows:

Pt. 1- No, Christmas Is Not Based on a Pagan Holiday

Pt. 2- The Date of Saturnalia Doesn't Line Up with Christmas

Pt. 3- Christmas, the Solstice, and December 25th

For more on the date of Christmas, see this article by Andrew McGowan, originally published in Bible Review, December 2002.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Courage and Godspeed,

Monday, November 25, 2019

Apologetics in the New Testament

Christian scholar Robert Bowman has compiled a list of 15 of the 27 books of the New Testament that were written for apologetic purposes!  The list is as follows:

Matthew- Answer Jewish criticisms that Jesus abrogated the Torah

Mark- Explain why Jesus died if he was the mighty Son of God

Luke- Acts Show that Christianity was not an illegal or superstitious religion

Gospel of John- Persuade people that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God

Romans- Defend the gospel against the claim that it was contrary to Scripture

1 Corinthians- Refute claims that the gospel was not philosophically reasonable

Galatians- Refute the errors of those who said Gentiles needed to be circumcised

Colossians- Refute the belief that Christ was just one of many divine powers

Hebrews- Defend the gospel’s superiority to the Mosaic covenant

1 Peter- Preparing to live by the gospel and to defend it when challenged

2 Peter- Remembering what Christ and the apostles taught when unbelievers scoff

1 John- Refute those who taught that Jesus only seemed to be human

Jude- Urge Christians to defend the gospel against those distorting it

Revelation- Assure persecuted Christians that Christ will conquer evil and death

This is a great list to have on hand when someone claims that apologetics is not necessary!

A special thank you to Mr. Bowman for allowing me to publish this list!

Courage and Godspeed,

Related Posts

Jesus Valued Evidence and So Should You

The Four Functions of Apologetics

The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? by F.F. Bruce

Monday, November 18, 2019

Jesus for Skeptics

The radio program, Haven Today, recently aired a 5 part series with prize-winning journalist John S. Dickerson entitled Jesus for Skeptics.  You can listen here.

Below is a summary of each part-
Part 1: Did Jesus truly exist? And if so, was his impact on the world good or evil? There are many skeptics today, but thankfully there are ways to answer them.
Part 2: Jesus must either be a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord Almighty. Which one do you believe He is? And if you are skeptical, could you be wrong?
Part 3: What’s the difference between healthy or unhealthy skepticism? One way to tell is to see where your questions lead you―whether that’s to the Lord or to answers you already think you know.
Part 4: Whether or not you believe Jesus is the Son of God, you can’t deny His influence on the way you think and act. For the past 2,000 years, His teachings have led people to shape the world we live in.
Part 5: Does Christianity benefit society? Skeptics usually focus on the bad things done in Jesus’ name, but did you know that faith in Christ drove many of the greatest humanitarian achievements of all time?
God Bless,

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Video Debate: Mike Licona vs. Richard Howe- What Does It Mean to Say the Bible is Inerrant?

In this featured video, Mike Licona and Richard Howe discuss what it means to say the Bible is inerrant.

This dialogue/debate occurred at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics in Charlotte, NC on October 11, 2019.

The Christian Post reports on the debate here.

Mike Licona has written a book directed related to the topic called Why Are There Differences in the Gospels?: What We Can Learn from Ancient Biography.

Courage and Godspeed,