Tuesday, January 11, 2022

"Mere Christianity" Made Simple

Dr. Frank Turek contends that if you can answer, "Yes," to the following questions:

1. Does Truth Exist?
2. Does God Exist?
3. Are Miracles Possible?
4. Is the New Testament Historically Reliable?

then "we have good reason to believe that the entire Bible is true."1.  For a more detailed version of this argument, go here.

This is Turek's version of "Mere Christianity," a term first coined by the great C.S. Lewis in his book that bears the same title.  Dr. William Lane Craig also argues for what he calls "mere Christianity" but his version is slightly different.  Craig argues that if we have good reason to affirm that: 1. God exists 2. God revealed Himself decisively in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and His resurrection from the dead; then, we are on good grounds for affirming the truth of Christianity.

For more on "Mere Christianity," I recommend Timothy Fox's article here.

For the purposes of this post, I thought it might be helpful (and fun!) to use Turek's four questions as an outline and provide some  resources that answer each in the affirmative.  This resource could be helpful as you strive to become a more versed Christian case maker or as an online evangelistic tool!

1. Does Truth Exist?

Video (1:35) - Frank Turek

I think Nabeel Quershi says it best on this one:

"To me, it was self-evident that truth exists. What's the alternative? If truth doesn't exist, then it would be true that truth doesn't exist, and once again we arrive at truth. There is no alternative; truth must exist."2

2. Does God Exist?

Video (4:13) - The Kalam Cosmological Argument

Video (5:14) - Leibniz' Contingency Argument

Video (6:22) - The Fine-Tuning Argument

Video (5:01)- The Moral Argument

Video (4:40)- The Ontological Argument

3. Are Miracle Possible?

Here, it seems worth quoting Lewis.  On the topic of God and miracles he famously said, "But if we admit God, must we admit a miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have no security against it. That is the bargain."3

Video (3:45)- Sean McDowell

Video (4:56)- William Lane Craig

Video (1:55)- Frank Turek

Video (4:30)- Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? by Impact 360 Institute 

4. Is the New Testament Historically Reliable?4

Video (3:42)- Frank Turek

Video (6:04)- Daniel Wallace

Video (5:32)- Michael Brown

Video (3:18)- J. Warner Wallace

So, the next time someone tells you that Christianity isn't true, you'll be ready!5

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnotes:
1. Frank Turek, Stealing from God, p. 177.
2. Nabeel Qureshi, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, p. 83.
3. C.S. Lewis., Miracles (HarperCollins, 1974), 169.
4. Some may wonder why the Old Testament (OT) is not included in Turek's case.  As he explains elsewhere, if the NT is reliable, we have good reason to believe that the OT is reliable.  Why?  Because Jesus is in the NT to verify the reliablity of the OT.
5. The answers offered in this post are brief by design.  If readers are interested in learning more about the case for Christianity, I would encourage them to explore our blog.  I would recommend you begin with our "Apologetics Arsenal" here or our "Free Apologetics E-book Library" here.  

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Thursday, January 06, 2022

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Video Interview: Christian Apologetics - Optional?


Brian Auten and I had the honor of appearing on Susan Morales' YouTube Channel to discuss a range of topics related to apologetics.  This was a fun discussion!

Learn more about Susan here.  Check out her YouTube Channel here.  

She is also part of a wonderful ministry called Girl Talk Apologetics.  Learn more about that here.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Featured Resource: TalkAboutDoubts.com



In a recent Apologetics315 podcast, Brian Auten and I had the opportunity to talk to Jonathan McLatchie about a new ministry he recently launched call TalkAboutDoubts.com.  This ministry is directed toward Christians who struggle with doubt, sincere seekers with sincere questions and those who may have lost their faith.

He writes:

"Have you ever wished that you could jump on a Zoom call and talk 1-on-1 with a leading Christian scholar who could help you navigate the minefield of arguments for and against Christianity, and help you think about your questions and doubts honestly and critically?  This is now no longer something you need to wish for.  This month, I launched a new ministry, TalkAboutDoubts.com.  I have assembled a team of Christian scholars (some of whom are among the leaders in the world in their fields) who are willing to take one-on-one calls with people with sincere doubts about Christianity.  Simply visit the website and fill out the submission form.  Your inquiry will be automatically sent to the scholar with expertise most relevant to the subject of your doubts.  They will then get in touch directly with you to schedule a live 1-on-1 Zoom call to discuss your doubts and questions in confidence. There is absolutely nothing for you to lose: Even if you still remain unpersuaded, at least you will be able to say that you gave the best arguments for Christianity a fair shake."1

As McLatchie shared in our interview, he has assembled a formative team that includes thinkers such as Tim McGrew, Luke Barnes, Stephen Meyer and more!  

Check out this new FREE resource here!

To learn more about Jonathan and his great work, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. Taken from here.

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Saturday, January 01, 2022

A.W. Tozer on the New Year

"I do not advise that we end the year on a somber note. The march, not the dirge, has ever been the music of Christianity. If we are good students in the school of life, there is much that the years have to teach us. But the Christian is more than a student, more than a philosopher. He is a believer, and the object of his faith makes the difference, the mighty difference. Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation."1

Happy New Year!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. A.W. Tozer, The Warfare of the Spirit.

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TruthB.O.M.B. Book Review - Jesus Conversations by Dave Sterrett

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Our last edition is here.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

TruthB.O.M.B. Book Review - Jesus Conversations by Dave Sterrett


 B - Background

Dave Sterrett founded Disruptive Truth, a non-profit organization that is training Christians in evangelism and cultural engagement. He is the author/co-author of several books, including Why Trust Jesus, We Choose Life and I Am Second. Dave works as an account executive in oncology biotechnology and is passionate about helping cancer patients.

O - Overview

Sterrett is clear about what one will gain by reading his book:

"In this book, we are going to examine biblical examples, conversational strategies, and tips to help you grow in knowledge.  Jesus said the greatest command is to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength'(Mark 12:30).  This book will help equip you in wisdom as you are growing to 'always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have' (1 Pet. 3:15).  I will share effective conversational starters and ways to memorize and explain the gospel"
[p. 3].

Sterrett's overall goal is to inspire and equip Christians to share their faith in a winsome and informed manner.

M - Main Arguments

Sterrett begins the book by arguing for the necessity of evangelism and emphasizing how the Holy Spirit can use anyone, regardless of their skill or knowledge level, to share the gospel with the lost.  

He then moves to the practical topic of how to start a conversation about spiritual matters.  His advice here is amazingly workable and should encourage those who tend to be shy about engaging others in dialogue about matters of faith.  Those familiar with Greg Koukl's book Tactics will see his influence here.  Ultimately, Sterrett encourages readers to "[r]eject passivity, pay attention to those around you, and courageously initiate a conversation..." [p.43].

This reader found it refreshing that the author then moves to the important discipline of Scripture memory and memory tools to explain the gospel.  Sterrett's goal here is to equip believers to clearly communicate "the gospel essentials in a way an unbeliever can easily and quickly understand" [p. 76].  And, not only are two different ways to remember the gospel offered, but readers will also learn three diagnostic questions that the author contends will allow a person to discover their need of the gospel.

Sterrett then proceeds to explain the importance of focusing on the essential truths of the gospel when sharing the good news and the usefulness of knowing apologetics-how to defend one's faith-in the project of evangelism.  This reader greatly appreciated Sterrett's suggestion of using the acronym G-O-D when discussing the existence of God with unbelievers.  Each letter in the acronym represents a fact about the universe that the author argues is best explained by God's existence:

G - The standard of all GOOD in the universe.
O - The powerful ORIGIN of the universe.
D - The grand DESIGN of the universe. [p. 129]

He explains:

"When we evangelize, these three arguments may not necessarily convert a skeptic to Christ immediately.  However, you can encourage them to go where the evidence leads.  Perhaps these three arguments will help someone leave their atheism and believe that there must be something or someone out there" [p. 140].

Sterrett ends the book with helpful advice regarding how to interact with members of other religions and by reminding believers that they are ambassador's for Jesus Christ.  He writes:

"Do you ever think of yourself as being an 'ambassador for Jesus Christ?'  Everywhere we go-whether it's because of work, or going out and having fun, participating in a sport, or attending a conference-we should think of ourselves as ambassadors of Jesus" [p. 159].

B - Bottomline

Brian Auten and I had the opportunity to interview Dave Sterrett about Jesus Conversations on the Apologetics315 Podcast.  And while I can confidently recommend the book, it pleases me to know that I can even more so recommend Sterrett himself.  He both talks the talk and walks the walk.  Dave Sterrett is a committed follower of Jesus Christ with a heart for the lost and one can't help but be infected by his desire to share the gospel as you read these pages.

Jesus Conversations is the ideal book for the believer who desires to learn to share their faith or the believer who may have lost their zeal for doing so.  

You can get your copy here.  To learn more about Dave Sterrett and his ministry, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad


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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Video - A Molinist Response to Schellenberg’s Hiddenness Argument by Tim Stratton


In our podcast with Dr. Tim Stratton, we briefly teased his upcoming talk at the Evangelical Philosophical Society on J.L. Schellenberg's divine hiddenness argument.  Well, here it is!  

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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