In this video, Oxford Professor Dr. John Lennox, PhD, discusses the account of the Virgin Birth based on the Gospel of Luke and addresses the problem of miracles. A good way to start the Advent Season!
In his book Breaking the Spell, atheist Daniel Dennett writes the following concerning the cause of the universe: "What does need its origin explained is the concrete Universe itself, and as Hume...long ago asked: Why not stop at the material world? It...does perform a version of the ultimate bootstrapping trick; it creates itself ex nihilo. Or at any rate out of something that is well-nigh indistinguishable from nothing at all." 
As William Lane Craig explains, Dennett remarks betray a misunderstanding:
"Here Dennett spoils his radical idea by waffling at the end: maybe the universe did not create itself out of nothing but at least out of something well-nigh indistinguishable from nothing. This caveat evinces a lack of appreciation of the metaphysical chasm between being and nothingness. There is no third thing between being and non-being; if anything at all exists, however ethereal, it is something and therefore not nothing. So what could this mysterious some thing be? Dennett does not tell us." 
However, the bigger problem for Dennett is that the idea of a self-creating universe is absurd. In order to cause itself to come into being, the universe would have to already exist! Dennett's position is clearly absurd.
Here is a great audio in which Daniel Dennett and William Lane Craig discuss cosmology and fine-tuning.
Further, you can checkout Wintery Knight's review of the discussion here.
Taken from the article: "Sikhism arose as an attempt to harmonize Islam and Hinduism. But viewing Sikhism as a harmonization of the two religions does not capture the theological and cultural uniqueness of Sikhism. To call Sikhism a compromise between Islam and Hinduism would be taken as an insult akin to calling a Christian a heretical Jew. Sikhism is not a cult nor a hybrid but a distinct religious movement." You can read the rest of this informative article here. Courage and Godspeed, Chad
In the subject podcast, Dr. Holly Ordway discusses the second edition of her book Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms. She also briefly talks about the importance of integrating imagination and reason into apologetics.
In this featured article, Amy Hall of Stand to Reason reflects upon the statements of Denny Burk at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Conference in October regarding Body Integrity Identity Disorder. May you find it enjoyable, thought provoking and helpful in engaging with understanding and compassion if encountering those with gender confusion.
"Zacharias (Ravi Zacharias) continues, 'If a spiritual idea is eastern, it is granted critical immunity; if western, it is thoroughly criticized. Thus, a journalist can walk into a church and mock its carryings on, but he or she dare not do the same if the ceremony is from the eastern fold. Such is the mood of the twentieth century.' In today's atmosphere of intolerance toward Christianity, followers of Christ must have the foundation of knowing the historical Jesus (who, by the way, was not Western, but Eastern). If we are ridiculed or even hated for our faith, we must have a base of knowledge that's unshakable."
Stand firm in Christ, Chase
Quoted from Why Trust Jesus?. Page 31. First set of parentheses mine.
In this featured debate, philosophers J.P. Moreland and Clancy Martin debate the question, "Does the Christian God Exist?" This debate was very interesting and some of the topics addressed were unusual for this type of debate.
1. Every natural, innate desire in us corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire.
2. But there exists in us an innate desire which nothing in time, nothing on earth, no creature can satisfy.
3. Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth and creatures that can satisfy this desire.
4. This something is what people call "God" and "life with God forever." 
They go on to explain:
The first premise implies a distinction of desires into two kinds: innate and externally conditioned, or natural and artificial. We naturally desire things like food, drink, sex, sleep, knowledge, friendship, and beauty; and we naturally shun things like starvation, loneliness, ignorance and ugliness. We also desire (but not innately or naturally) things like sports cars, political office, flying through the air like Superman, the land of Oz and a Red Sox world championship.
Now there are differences between these two kinds of desires. For example, we do not, for the most part, recognize corresponding states of deprivation for the second, the artificial, desires as we do for the first. There is no word like Ozlessness parallel to sleeplessness. But more important, the natural desires come from within, from our nature, while the artificial ones come from without, from society, advertising or fiction. This second difference is the reason for a third difference: the natural desires are found in all of us, but the artificial ones vary from person to person.
The existence of the artificial desires does not necessarily mean that the desired objects exist. Some do; some don't. Sports cards do; Oz does not. But the existence of natural desires does, in every discoverable case, mean that the objects desired exist. No one has ever found one case of an innate desire for a nonexistent object.
The second premise requires only honest introspection. If someone denies it and says, "I am perfectly happy playing with mud pies, or sports cars, or money, or sex, of power," we can only ask, "Are you, really?" But we can only appeal, we cannot compel. And we can refer such a person to the nearly universal testimony of human history in all its great literature. Even the atheist Jean-Paul Sartre admitted that "there comes a time when one asks, even of Shakespeare, even of Beethoven, 'is that all there is?'"
C.S. Lewis, who uses this argument in a number of places, summarizes it succinctly:
Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling want sot swim; well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. (Mere Christianity, bk. 3, chap. 10) 
What do you think of the argument? Please share in the comments!
While reading the excerpt from a post by Wesley J. Smith which Amy Hall of Stand to Reason posted here, I thought of how atheists heroically proclaim that life is precious because we only have one life to live. If this life is all there is, should we not cling to as much of it as we can? Is it a contradiction for an atheist to support the "right to die" movement?
On the contrary, Christians heroically proclaim that this life is only preparation for the next. If the next life is so much better than the current, should we not get there as soon as we can? Is it a contradiction for a Christian to oppose the "right to die" movement?
What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments.
"Today, few cosmologists doubt that the universe, at least as we know it, did have an origin at a finite moment in the past. The alternative-that the universe has always existed in one form or another-runs into a rather basic paradox. The sun and stars cannot keep burning forever: sooner or later they will run out of fuel and die.
The same is true of all irreversible physical processes; the stock of energy available in the universe to drive them is finite, and cannot last for eternity. This example of the so-called second law of thermodynamics, which, applied to the entire cosmos, predicts that it is stuck on a one-way slide of degeneration and decay towards a final state of maximum entropy, or disorder. As this final state has not yet been reached, it follows that the universe cannot have existed for an infinite time." 
If you are committed the authority of the Bible, you must hold that Jesus is only way to salvation. This isn't simply a matter a interpretation. The Bible couldn't be more clear on the topic. Consider these statements attributed to those who learned from Jesus and Jesus Himself:
John 14:6- Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me."
Acts 4:11-12- "He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the very cornerstone. And there is salvation is no one else; for here is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved."
Acts 16:30-31- And after he brought them out he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved."
1 Timothy 2:5- For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Jesus the Messiah.
1 John 2:23- Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.
1 John 5:11:12- "And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
Luke 10:6- "The one who listens to you listens to me and the one who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects the one who sent me."
Luke 12:8-9- "And I say to you, everyone who confesses me before men, the Son of Man shall confess him also before the angels of God; but he who denies me before men shall be denied before the angels of God."
John 3:18- "He who believes in him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
John 3:36- "He who believes has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
John 8:24- "I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins."
John 10:7-8b- "Jesus therefore said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers." 
In this age of pluralism and hyper-political correctness the Body of Christ must stand for the truth that Jesus is the only way to salvation.
I argue that Jesus is the only way to salvation here.
For those who may question the reliability of the Book of John, see here.
Finally, if you are looking for a great, concise resource on the exclusivity of Christ, I recommend Greg Koukl's small booklet entitled Jesus the Only Way.
In this video, historian and philosopher William Lane Craig debates historian Richard Carrier on the resurrection of Jesus. This was an interesting debate; however, it was hard to take Carrier seriously after he asserted that the theory that Jesus never existed should be pursued and taken back to peer-review.
Further, Carrier seemed to think that if God existed, He would do everything the way Carrier imagines He should. Since God hasn't done things the way Carrier thinks He should have, he clearly doesn't exist. This is merely a "Cookie Monster" objection.
Who do you think won? Share in the comments below!
Don't consider yourself to be wise; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.1
It is easy for an apologist to think of themselves as wise. This proverb warns to turn away from such pride and to fear the LORD who is the source of wisdom (i.e. humility). It also exhorts the importance of turning away from evil (i.e. righteousness). Both of these qualities develop an apologist of character; showing that their knowledge of the truth results in the implementation of the truth in their life.
Stand firm in Christ,
1. Proverbs 3:7. Holman Christian Standard Bible.
Checkout the article here. The cheapening of human life is becoming more and more prevent in our culture and followers of Christ must stand ready to defend those created in the image of God [Gen. 1:27].