Monday, March 30, 2009

Apologist Profile: Greg Koukl


Announcement
: Greg Koukl will be speaking at Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport, Maryland on May 17th, 2009. Keep watching the blog for details!

Our apologist in focus this week is Stand to Reason's Greg Koukl. Koukl has been debating topics that relate to Christianity for over 30 years.

He heads up Stand to Reason, an organization dedicated to training and equipping ambassadors for Christ since 1993. Further, he has hosted a call-in radio show in Los Angeles (also entitled Stand to Reason) since 1990.

Educational Background


1. M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics with high honors, member Kappa Tau Epsilon, Talbot Scholastic Honor Society (May 2006)

2. Tolbot School of Theology-La Marida, CA
M.A. in Apologetics, with honors (May 1994)

3. Simon Greenleaf University-Anaheim, CA
B.A. in Biblical Studies (May 1997)

4. Azusa Pacific University-Azusa, CA

5. Also studied at Northern Illinois University (1969-70), Michigan State University (1970-72), and UCLA (1973-74)

Publications

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

View our review of Tactics here.

Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air
, co-authored with Francis Beckwith

Articles


Apologetics

A Good Reason for Evil- What is evil? Could it have a purpose? Here is a view of evil from an adult rather than a childish perspective.

God is not Responsible- Are people who commit crimes in the name of Christianity Christians?

The Strength of God and the Problem of Evil- What makes you think the ability to take away evil from the world has anything to do with God's strength?

Faith and Facts
- Can you give a good definition of biblical faith? How does it relate to science?

For all of Greg's apologetics articles, see here.

Bio-Ethics

Abortion for Rape Victims?

The Moral Logic of being Pro-Life


I'm Not Dead Yet- Why are human beings valuable? What is a human being? You have to answer those questions before you can say that this child isn't a human being without value.

For the rest of Greg's Bio-Ethics articles, see here. For his articles on Ethics and homosexuality, see here.

Philosophy

Faith and Philosophy- For some Christians (and even non-Christians), faith and philosophy are strange companions. When used properly, philosophy is a friend, not a foe, an ally, not an antagonist.

Jesus, Presuppositions, and the True Message of the Gospel
- Is truth a person? Is truth a spirit? Or is truth a word? Truth is the relationship between a claim and the way the world really is.

Tips to Help You Think Clearly

For the rest of Greg's philosophy articles, see here.

Science and Evolution

Can Science Test Prayer?

Science Isn't, Science Is
- To say Intelligent Design isn't Science involves two false assumptions

Evolution- Philosophy, Not Science- Greg shows that Darwin's General Theory of Evolution has nothing to do with science.

For the rest of Greg's science and evolution, see here.

Theology

Acts and the Voice of God- How does God speak to us?

Cosmic Child Abuse- Is the cross actually a cruel punishment revealing God as vengeful?

Jesus, the Only Savior- Greg explains why there is not such thing as a pluralist Christian.

Greg also offers articles addressing Culture and Christianity and Miscellaneous topics.

Stand to Reason's website offers a wealth of resources for the thinking Christian. I highly recommend it and Mr. Koukl's works.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross

5 comments:

winteryknight said...

I think everyone should own a copy of their relativism book. It's the best book I know of on that topic - very practical.

E.D. Mills said...

I just wanted to say that I am looking forward to the opportunity to hear Greg Koukl speak at FCF!

Chad said...

E.D. Mills,

Me too!

Godspeed

Chasen said...

I found "A Good Reason for Evil" a great read. Koukl destroyed the atheist argument that there is no God because evil exists. To conceed that evil exists also conceeds an objective moral law because how do we know something is evil? Therefore, there must be a moral lawgiver. So, they cannot even use evil as an argument. In fact they cannot even call it evil based on their system of belief. If there is no God, no life after this one, then it is just the way things are, it does not even matter.

His case for God not creating evil was also amazing. God created all things, evil is a thing, therefore God created evil. Evil is not a thing. It is the absence of good the same way cold is the absence of heat and shadow is the absence of light. God created freewill, a good thing, for us. But with that free will we chose to disobey Him thus causing evil. Our actions cause evil.

Hmm...me...looking forward to Koukl at FCF? You bet your sweet bippy! And I do not even know what a bippy is.

Chad said...

Hello Chasen,

Wow, it is so encouraging that you not only read the article by Koukl, but clearly understood it!

I believe that the Moral Argument for God's Existence, when presented correctly, can be one of the most persuasive.

For more on the Moral Argument, please see Tuesday's post.

Chasen, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts; I am very encouraged!

Btw, I'm not sure what a bippy is, but you are the first one to use it on the Truthbomb comments!

Sorry, no prize! :-)

Godspeed