Sunday, July 31, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Video: Why Are We Here? God and the Pursuit of Happiness with John Lennox


In this talk from Veritas Forum, Brown University professor Linford Fisher interviews Oxford's John Lennox.  Many of the questions asked were submitted by Brown students!

For more from John Lennox, see here.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Friday, July 29, 2016

C.S. Lewis on Repentance

As I’ve been reading through C.S. Lewis’ classic “Mere Christianity” this summer, I have been fascinated by the insights he makes about various topics. Along with the many popular sections so often quoted, like the liar, lunatic or lord trilemma and the convoy of ships analogy, I find his reasoning quite sound even among the less familiar passages.  For example, here is part of his explanation of repentance:

“Now repentance is no fun at all. It is something much harder than merely eating humble pie. It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years. It means killing part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death. In fact, it needs a good man to repent. And here comes the catch. Only a bad person needs to repent: only a good person can repent perfectly. The worse you are the more you need it and the less you can do it. The only person who could do it perfectly would be a perfect person – and he would not need it.

Remember, this repentance, this willing submission to humiliation and a kind of death, is not something God demands of you before He will take you back and which He could let you off if He chose: it is simply a description of what going back to Him is like. If you ask God to take you back without it, you are really asking Him to let you go back without going back. It cannot happen.”

What do you think? Don’t take my word for it, read the book, don’t wait for the movie.


Have a little hope on me, Roger

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Apologetics 315 Interviews by Brian Auten

Brian Auten of Apologetics315 has accumulated an impressive list of interviews (175 to date!) featuring some of the best and brightest thinkers, apologists, and theologians in the world.

You can get them free on iTunes here.

MP3's are here.





There are also transcripts for some of the interviews that can be found here.

I have been going back and listening to these and they are excellent.  Highly recommended!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Preview: Thy Kingdom Comics by Adam Ford

About the Author

Adam Ford AKA Adam4d is the writer and artist behind Adam4d.com, the curiously Christian webcomic read by millions of people.  Ford's work deals with numerous theological and apologetics topics.

You can see his work here.

About the Book

Thy Kingdom Comics: Curiously Christian drawings and writings about Jesus, tolerance, abortion, atheism, homosexuality, theology, and lots of other stuff is a must-have collection of some of his most-popular, most-read, most-shared comics of all time. Sometimes funny, sometimes painful, sometimes both -- Adam4d articulates crucial biblical truth in the visual, digestible, and at times, uh, blunt manner that has made his comics required reading for Christians worldwide.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Video: How to Talk about the Transgender Bathroom Issue


The transgender issue can be very difficult to talk about with others.  In this short video, Frank Turek, J. Warner Wallace and Mike Adams demonstrate why the position is problematic and share some helpful points that could be useful in conversation.  

Frank Turek references Paul McHugh in the video.  You can see a piece by McHugh on the transgender issue here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dr. Richard Land on the Political Party Platforms

Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, is providing his thoughts on the platforms coming out of the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention on his Bringing Every Thought Captive podcast.  You can listen to Part One of the series here; Part Two can be found here.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Saturday, July 23, 2016

S.T.O.P. to Discover the Meaning of a Biblical Text

In Frank Turek's latest book, Stealing from God, he suggests using the acronym S.T.O.P. to discover the meaning of any given biblical text.  It is as follows:

S-Situation?  What's the historical situation?  What do you need to know about the people and events in the story?  What's the larger context?

T-Type?  What's the type of literature?  Is it historical narrative? Poetry?  Prophecy?  Law?  Wisdom?  Epistle?  What literary devices are being used: Hyperbole? Parable?  Metaphor?  Apocalyptic Imagery?

O-Object?  Who is the object of the text?  Everyone?  Specific people?  Ancient Israel?  Is it the Old or New Covenant?

P-Prescription?  Is this passage prescriptive for us today or merely descriptive of an historical event?1

I freely concede that the Bible is a complex book full of various types of literature; however, it seems that many times otherwise intelligent people forget how to think when considering these sometimes challenging texts.  My hope is that the S.T.O.P. acronym will aid those who desire to treat the biblical texts fairly and strive to understand their intended meaning.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. Frank Turek, Stealing from God, p. 123-124.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Incarnation: Could God Become Man Without Ceasing to Be God? By James A. Parker III

The article below was taken from the Apologetics Study Bible.

The answer to this question is yes. Not only is it possible, but it happened in time and space. Neo-orthodox theologians (twentieth-century thinkers strongly influenced by Karl Barth) have said that the question is logically unanswerable, because faith is an illogical paradox and can be seen only through the eyes of faith. In recent years liberal theologians have denied the reality of the incarnation on the grounds that it is a myth and not true in any objective sense. In the nineteenth century advocates of kenotic Christology (emphasizing the "emptying" of Christ in keeping with Php 2:7) argued that in the incarnation the divine Logos (Word) suspended the characteristics of deity because they were in principle incompatible with human attributes, thus making nonsense of the claim that Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man (as both the Bible and historic Christian confessions have claimed).

Historical, Bible-based theology has argued that God is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), sinless, and incorporeal (without a body) and that these attributes are essential and necessary to deity. Characteristically, human beings do not exhibit these attributes. So how can Jesus simultaneously be fully divine and fully human? Along these lines, people have attacked the doctrine of the incarnation, claiming that it is illogical and contradictory.

This alleged logical contradiction is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how human nature is defined, according to Thomas V. Morris in his book The Logic of God Incarnate. Morris has argued that the way out of this apparent impasse is to have a clearer understanding of three important concepts: (1) essential versus nonessential properties, (2) essential versus common properties, and (3) the difference between being fully and being merely human.

On the first issue Morris argues that an essential property is a property that, if removed, fundamentally changes the thing in question. So, if God's attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, etc., were removed, then he would no longer be deity. These are essential attributes. While it is a common attribute for a human being to have two hands, this is not an essential property to humanness. The heart of the attack on the incarnation comes from critics on the basis that lack of omniscience, omnipotence, etc., is essential to humanness, since human beings do not have these qualities.

This brings us to Morris's second distinction: essential versus common properties. It is a common property that everyone living on planet earth was born on planet earth, but this is simply a common property; it is not essential to their humanness. Morris then asks the question, on what basis does one know that the absence of the attributes of omniscience and so forth are essential human properties and not just common properties?

Last, Morris argues, "an individual is fully human [in any case where] that individual has all essential human properties, all the properties composing basic human nature. An individual is merely human if he or she has all those properties plus some additional limiting properties as well, properties such as that of lacking omnipotence, that of lacking omniscience, and so on." So orthodox Christians, in affirming the incarnation, are claiming that Jesus was fully human without being merely human.

Ronald Nash summarizes the implications of the argument as follows:

"This means two things: Jesus possesses all the properties that are essential to being a human being, and Jesus possesses all the properties that are essential to deity. The historic understanding of the Incarnation expresses the beliefs that Jesus Christ is fully God-that is, He possesses all the essential properties of God: Jesus Christ is also fully human-that is, He possesses all the essential properties of a human being, none of which turn out to be limiting properties: and Jesus Christ was not merely human-that is, he did not possess any of the limiting properties that are complements of the divine attributes. In the face of these distinctions, the alleged contradiction in the Incarnation disappears."

God Bless,

Thursday, July 21, 2016

C.S. Lewis Doodles


This site “doodles” selected essays by C.S. Lewis in order to make them easier to understand.  I’ve been enjoying being able to "watch" the first 6 chapters of Mere Christianity as I’ve been rereading his classic work this summer.









Additional doodles include The Grand Miracle (Part 1 and Part2), The Poison of Subjectivism, Religion and Science, The Screwtape Letters (I, VII, XXIII) and many others.

Don’t take my word for it, read the books and watch the movies.

Have a little hope on me,
Roger

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Video: Hot Seat with a Philosopher featuring J.P. Moreland


In this featured video from Theology, Philosophy and Science philosopher J.P. Moreland is interviewed and answers numerous questions including:

- What is the purpose of apologetics?
- Why is it important to love God with all your mind?
- Why do young people leave the faith?
- How can you know God exists?
- What are some arguments for God's existence? (cosmological, genetic code, objective morality)
- If God, why evil?
- Why is Jesus the only way to heaven?
- Why would God send "good people" to hell?
- Why would God send people to hell for eternity for a finite number of sins?
- Will people be able to sin in heaven?
- Has your confidence that Christianity is true increased?
- Is the Bible reliable?
- Did Jesus rise from the dead?

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Definition of Atheism

Have you ever interacted with an atheist who claimed that they simply "lack belief in God?"  This is a common claim that actually runs counter to the historical definition of atheism. Regardless, it is a problematic claim for numerous reasons, but perhaps the strangest of all is that if atheism simply means "lacking a belief in God" it is compatible with theism!  Dr. Frank Turek explains:

"If lacking a belief in God is the definition of 'atheism'- and not 'there is not God'- then 'atheism' is true even if God really exists.  How is that reasonable? If not 'atheism,' what word should we use for the belief that there is no God?...We shouldn't allow atheists to hide behind their lacking definition.  A true atheist is someone who believes there is no God.  And atheists have the burden of proof to show how materialism is true and reality can be explained without God."1

Indeed.  It seems to me that William Lane Craig gets it right here.  If we define atheism as merely a "lack of belief in God," it is no longer a position or viewpoint, but merely a description of someone's psychological state which says nothing about whether or not God exists.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Article: Do Atheists Lack Belief in God? by Greg Koukl


Monday, July 18, 2016

Is God Pro-Abortion? A Response to Numbers Chapter 5

Some have interpreted from Numbers Chapter 5 that God's judgement on an adulterous woman is the miscarriage of the pre-born child conceived through the affair. Below is a summary of the response the Life Training Institute provides to this challenge:

  • There is no indication that the woman in this scenario is pregnant. 
  • A questionable interpretation of the text must be relied upon in order to hold this view. 
  • The case can be made that sterility or barrenness is being spoken of, not miscarriage. 
  • Even if the interpretation that the judgment from God on the adulterous woman is miscarriage is correct; it does not follow that abortion on demand is morally permissible; it does not follow that elective abortion is permissible in special circumstances such as adultery; and it does not follow that God is pro-abortion. 

The post can be read in full here.

Stand firm in Christ and firm for the preborn,
Chase

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dr. Rick Cornish on "Who Made God?"

"Only three alternatives exist: everything must be caused, self-caused, or uncaused.  God cannot be option one -caused- because whatever is farthest back is God.  If what we call 'God' is caused, then whatever caused Him must be God.  Nor can He be option two -self-caused- because nothing preexists itself to start itself.  Thus God must be the third option-uncaused."1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Footnote:
1. Rick Cornish, 5 Minute Apologist, p. 118.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Video: The Truth about the Council of Nicaea


There are many legends about what actually happened at the Council of Nicaea.  Was the deity of Jesus Christ invented there?  Did Constantine force Trinitarian beliefs on the early church?  In this video, Inspiring Philosophy looks at the historical evidence from before, during and after the council to share what really happened.  

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Why? Series


Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has finished releasing a series of videos on “Why Suffering?” You can find the entire series here.  The team explores “the question of God and suffering from multiple angles, giving a reason for hope in Jesus Christ that engages both personally and meaningfully with a suffering world.”

In Video 1: Suffering and Free Will, Amy Orr-Ewing examines how human freedom factors in suffering.

In Video 2: Suffering and Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi explores the example of Jesus and his life as a unique answer.

In Video 3: Suffering and Natural Disasters, Sharon Dirckx discusses how we can make sense of suffering from natural disasters.

In Video 4: Suffering and the Love of God, Vince Vitale discusses a new response to the problem.

In Video 5: Open Q&A Panel, Tom Price, Sharon Dirckx, Vince Vitale, Michael Ramsden and Amy Orr-Ewing answer various questions.

Don’t take my word for it, watch the videos, don’t wait for the book.


Have a little hope on me, Roger

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Book Preview: Today's Moment of Truth- Devotions to Deepen Your Faith in Christ by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg

About the Authors

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee has won four Gold Medallions for publishing excellence and coauthored the Christian Book of the Year. He serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. Visit Lee's website here.

Mark Mittelberg (MA, Trinity Evangelical Theological School) is an author, speaker, and evangelism strategist. He is coauthor with Bill Hybels of Becoming a Contagious Christian and coauthor with Bill Hybels and Lee Strobel of the Becoming a Contagious Christian curriculum. He previously served as evangelism leader for the Willow Creek Association.

About the Book

Why do you believe what you believe? How can you know your faith is credible?

Many Christians today struggle to answer these questions. Though you may know what you believe, the why and how behind the thought can be complex, confusing and even mysterious.

In Today’s Moment of Truth, bestselling author Lee Strobel articulates in 180 easy-to-read devotions the reasons why Christians believe what they believe. Combining his expertise in apologetics with his journalistic approach to parsing out the details, this devotional will leave you deeply encouraged and well-informed. Topics range from scientific discoveries to theological explanations, and each devotion is followed by a brief reflection and prayer for meditation.

The time has come to walk confidently in your faith. Today’s Moment of Truth will be an invaluable tool as you grow in your understanding of your faith in Christ.

You can order your copy here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Common Objection #29- "Christianity is Racist."

For various reasons it has been claimed that Christianity is racist. Admittedly, in the past and present some have attempted to use Christianity to that end.  However, it has been wisely stated that we should not judge a philosophy or worldview by those who abuse it and in his book Exposing Myths About Christianity, Jeffrey Burton Russell argues that while Christians have certainly made mistakes in regard to race relations, Christianity itself is not racist:

"Jesus said, and the apostles confirmed, that the truth of Christianity were to be preached to all people of every nation.  The earliest Christians were mostly Near Easterners and Africans.  There is no evidence of racial discrimination against blacks or any other racial groups in early Christianity.  The Apostle Paul was firm: 'There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus' (Gal. 3:28). The New Testament does not mention the color of people's skin.

The bizarre idea that the Bible cursed black people dervies from tortured reading of the Old Testament texts such as Genesis 9:18-27, in which Noah curses his son Ham and Ham's son Canaan, decreeing their slavery to Ham's brothers.  In the nineteenth century, Christian racists made the connection Ham=slave=black, even though the Bible makes no mention of Ham's color.  Racists conflated this passage with Genesis 4:15, where the mark put on Cain by the Lord was believed, again without any evidence, to be black skin.  Such readings were nothing more than rationalizations for racism.  Christianity lacks reference to race: it regards Adam as the common ancestor of all humans and Christ the Savior of all humans."1

Russell goes on to explain how the raise of racism in the 18th and 19th centuries was rooted in both pseudo-Christianity and pseudo-science:

"During the nineteenth century, pseudo-Christian racism was eclipsed by pseudo-scientific racism. The bizarre term 'Caucasian' for white people was introduced by the German Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840) in about 1800.  He was followed by William Lawrence, who wrote Short System of Comparative Anatomy, published in 1807; South Carolinian Josiah Clarke Nott, On the Natural History of the Caucasian and Negro Races, 1844; and Robert Thomas Hulme, Elements of Medical Zoology, 1861.  There were allegedly three principal varieties of race.  Caucasian, Mongolian and Ethiopian.  This is why the current knowledge that all races sprang from the same African roots (monogenism) is so socially important: it affirms the unity of the human race and refutes previous scientific belief that different races had different origins (polygenism).

In the mid-nineteenth century, pictures showing the 'evolution' from ape to Anglo-Saxon were common.  Such ideas became common in America, providing pro-slavery and even moderate leaders with an excuse to condone the exploitation of African-Americans.  Even the celebrated moderate Stephen Douglas proclaimed in an 1858 debate with Abraham Lincoln that 'I positively deny that the [the Negro] is my brother or any kin to me whatever.'  So prevalent were such unchristian ideas in American society that they leached into Christianity.  Two rationalizations -the pseudo-Christian and the pseudo-scientific- reinforced one another.  The failure of Christians to recognize the full humanity of all races preceded the failure of scientists to do so; together they allowed the enslavement of Africans as well as the subjugation, exile, degradation and near extermination of Native Americans and Australian Aborigines.

After abolition, the next great struggle against racism began in the late 1950s: the civil rights movement.  Enlightenment ideas surrounding the rights of man had a role in the movement, and so did Christianity.  Most of the civil rights leaders were Christians and based their opposition to racism on Christians grounds.  There were more Christian marches for civil rights in the 1960s than secular ones."2

Surely there have been and are so-called Christians that have distorted the teachings of the faith to support their morally deplorable racism; however, racism is inconsistent with the teaches of Christianity.  This was made clear from the very beginning: "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27).  Regardless of our race, all of us are created in the image of God; therefore, we are all equal.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Why Do You Feel Guilty About Evangelism But Not Apologetics?

In the post found here,  J. Warner Wallace points out from Scripture that all followers of Jesus are Christian case-makers but not all are evangelists.  He then asks the above question.  Enjoy!

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Saturday, July 09, 2016

How a Dice Can Show that God Exists? by Justin Brierley


In this video, Justin Brierley of Unbelievable? demonstrates how a die can be used to demonstrate that the fine-tuning of our universe is the result of design.

This video offers support for the "Fine-Tuning Argument:"

1. The fine-tuning of the universe is due to either physical necessity, chance or design.

2. The fine-tuning is not due to physical necessity or chance.

3. Therefore, it is due to design.

If you are not familiar with the argument from fine-tuning, here is a great introductory video by Reasonable Faith.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Coming to Faith Through Apologetics


I am a firm believer that one can come to faith as a Christian by examining the evidence (used by God) that is readily available to them.  I believe in this mainly because I can attest to this in my own life.  The reason I hold to my Christian faith is because it’s true, not because of my personal preference or comfort.

The great thing about the evidential approach to Christian apologetics for me is that it “flows” into other areas of my life.  Allow me to share a recent example to illustrate my point.
For several years I’ve been riding my bike to work for the purposes of getting additional exercise, saving on vehicle expenses, and a nice upfront parking spot at my place of employment.  But I have to confess, up until a few weeks ago, I did not wear a helmet!  I simply thought that it wasn’t necessary as I’ve been riding a bike for 30+ years and I honestly didn’t think I needed it because I was capable of preventing myself from injury.

So what changed my mind?  After attending a service at my home church, I was approached by someone who had seen me riding through town without my helmet.  She strongly encouraged me to get a helmet and even offered to give me one of her spares.  What motivated her to do this? 
This woman had a very close friend who actually died in a bicycle accident.  He was not wearing a helmet. 

At the same moment she was sharing this with me, my friend, who is a physician, approached the conversation to share his testimony.  He shared that one of his patients, a young boy, is paralyzed for life because he was involved in a bicycle accident and was not wearing a helmet.
As I reflected on this moment, I found it ironic that I’ve been convinced of the existence of God based on the overwhelming evidence that is available but I’ve failed to acknowledge the evidence to determine if I should be wearing my bike helmet for safety purposes.  However, the personal testimony I received and the statistics that are easily accessible online have convinced me that wearing a helmet is the obvious decision for me to make.


I also believe this example speaks to how many atheists, agnostics, and disinterested people treat the overwhelming evidence for Christianity.  Even though they have access to resources and people willing to share their testimony, they choose to live for their own personal preference instead of asking “What is true?”  My prayer is that we as Christians can collectively learn how to effectively share what we know to be true to those who are willing to listen.

God Bless,

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Skeptic's Guide to C.S. Lewis



In this article from Theolatte, Dan DeWitt shares some brief responses to common questions he gets about the writing of C.S. Lewis.


"A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist,” C.S. Lewis wrote, “cannot be too careful of his reading.” Authors like G.K. Chesterton and George MacDonald dislodged Lewis’s youthful incredulity. Lewis’s advice to the young atheist: be careful what you read. You may end up being consistent enough to be skeptical of your skepticism.
Since I teach a class on Lewis I often get the question, “What Lewis book(s) should I recommend to my atheist friend?”.  It’s a really good question, particularly since some Christians have described C.S.L. as making it possible for them to be an intellectually fulfilled believer.
But I always give the caution that some “free-thinkers” are not very free at all. No amount of book recommendations can change someone who really isn’t open-minded. But the good news is that Jesus likened the Spirit to the wind. It blows wherever it pleases. Its work cannot be predicted or controlled. The aim of our prayers should be for the work of the Spirit.
But, humanly speaking, some are so set in their positions that, whether they acknowledge this or even recognize it at all, it is nearly impossible to have a rational conversation with them on these topics. They are usually in the vein of disgruntled or militant atheists, the ones most likely to leave angry messages on blogs and spout anti-religion rhetoric on social media. I’ve found little traction for meaningful conversations about even peripheral issues related to theism with this group.
But there are those who are sincerely seeking Truth who are open to dialogue. You probably won’t find them on a message board, but you might live next to them, meet them in a coffee shop, or even visit with them at your summer family reunion. For this group I would offer some books to consider the Christian view of reality as described by C.S. Lewis.
  1. Why is C.S. Lewis such a big deal?  For the skeptic wondering why C.S. Lewis is so influential, they could check out some of his more popular books like the Narnia stories. Pick up The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and make it part of your summer reading. See why the well known author, and self-described atheist, Laura Miller, says this is the book that most impacted her childhood which she outlines in her book, The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventure in Narnia.
  2. Was he a credible scholar?  Quick answer: yes. Recently I had a conversation with a friend who is finishing his Ph.D. in Classics at Harvard University and he described C.S. Lewis’s A Preface to Paradise Lost as one of the best works of literary criticism he has ever read. For the more literary skeptic some of Lewis’s works like The Oxford History of English Literature in the Sixteenth Century or The Allegory of Love might be of interest. For those less interested, rest assured that Lewis had some impressive academic chops and he was (and is) well respected in his field.
  3. How can an intelligent person find Christianity compelling? I try to ask this question in reference to atheism. Why would a smart and winsome person find a worldview devoid of God convincing? I try to read a number of books written by skeptics and find this is helpful to keep me from painting them with a broad brush from a million miles away.I would encourage the same thing from an authentic agnostic. What made Christianity so appealing to Lewis?  To answer this you should really start with Lewis’s own description found in his autobiographical work Surprised by Joy. Lewis also penned an allegorical account of his philosophical conversion to Christianity in The Pilgrim’s Regress. Finally, I think Lewis’s talks given during WWII, published years later as Mere Christianity, outline the Christian worldview from Lewis’s point of view.
  4. How would Lewis respond to the brand of atheism popular today?  That’s an easy one. He did. The brand of atheism popular in our day is not that different from what Lewis encountered. One of my favorite of Lewis’s writings, as it relates to giving a clear defense of the Christian faith, is Miracles. My favorite passage in all of Lewis’s writings is from chapter fourteen, “The Grand Miracle.” I would also add, don’t read too quickly over chapter three, “The Self-Contradiction of the Naturalist.” Though he later changed the title of this chapter, his line of argument is still pervasive today and even led the NYU professor Thomas Nagel, an atheist, to publish a book through Oxford University Press conceding several of its implications.
  5. I’m not in the mood for debate, what is something from Lewis I can simply read for enjoyment?  I’m not sure I’ve ever been asked that question in that way, but since I’m making the list I suppose I can formulate the questions however I want. Fair enough? Reading for enjoyment and not argumentation? You might consider Lewis’s sci-fi trilogy, The Screwtape Letters, or my favorite, Lewis’s retelling of the Cupid myth in the book Till We Have Faces. You will certainly find Lewis’s Christian worldview in these works, but I think you will enjoy them nonetheless. Millions of other readers certainly have.
The philosopher Blaise Pascal once remarked, “Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.” I hope this short guide to Lewis helps give you a sense for why he is quoted so much by so many. And maybe you will get a glimpse into the reasons why Lewis found in Christianity a view of the world that for him brought everything into focus. Maybe you will understand why Lewis would describe his Christian faith with sentences like this one, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

Don't take Dan's word for it, read the books, don't wait for the movies.
Have a little hope on me,
Roger

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Moral Objections to the Old Testament by Peter J. Williams


In this video, Peter J. Williams speaks on the moral objections made by the "New Atheists" have of God in the Old Testament when it comes to violence, genocide and slavery.

Williams is a gifted speaker who uses humor and great analogies to make his points understandable.

You can find more great videos at Theology, Philosophy and Science.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Top Ten Neglected Books for Apologists by Lenny Esposito

Lenny Esposito of Come Reason Ministries has compiled a list of the "Top Ten Neglected Books for Apologists."  As Esposito explains, the list includes titles that "have been less visible publications by known authors or books that people really haven’t heard about."

The list is as follows and each post includes a brief book review:

#1 Love Your God With All Your Mind

#2 Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible

#3 Darwin's Enigma

#4 In Defense of Miracles

#5 The Edge of Evolution

#6 The Christians as the Romans Saw Them

#7 Questions That Matter

#8 Who Moved the Stone?

#9 Flatland...A Romance Story?

#10 Theory of Knowledge

What about you?  Are there any books that you would add to list?  Please share in the comments!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Monday, July 04, 2016

Independence Day Orations

Here is a great collection of orations celebrating the birth of the United States and honoring God's role in its formation from the Classic Works of Apologetics.

Enjoy and have a Happy 4th of July!





Courage and Godspeed,

Chad

Friday, July 01, 2016

Video: Old Testament Violence by Larry Alex Taunton


In this video, author, speaker and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation Larry Alex Taunton addresses the problem of violence in the Old Testament.

Some of the points Taunton makes are as follows:

  • Believers need to know their Bibles so that they can better communicate what it says to unbelievers
  • There are certain principles to follow when understanding OT violence (God ordained vs. reported and context is essential)
  • Judges 11 and the life of Jephthah is broken down.
  • The theme of Judges is that people did what was right in their own eyes.
  • One of the lessons that one can take away from Judges is how much God can still accomplish through a godless people.
  • God condemns human sacrifice.
  • We are to be in the world, but not of the world.
  • God is not responsible for the violence that happens in Judges 11.
  • Although some claim that man is more merciful than God, the evidence of the 20th century alone suggests otherwise.
  • The greatest act of violence in Scripture was necessary for your salvation.
  • While God is a God of mercy, he is also a God of justice.
This is a thoughtful talk that demonstrates how one can deal with violent Old Testament passages in a thoughtful and responsible manner.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad