Friday, December 23, 2011

Counterpoints: John Loftus and Frank Turek on the Death of Christopher Hitchens

John Loftus:
"Many Christians are thinking he’s burning in hell. Some others may even say this. But it is a disgrace to humanity to even think this abhorrent thought about such a brilliantly good man...this statement burns me up to no end. It is more repulsive than any thought I can conceive...may his memory live on. He has changed the world for the better." [1]

Frank Turek: "There is no one with whom I disagreed more who I admired so much. I don’t see how anyone who knew Christopher Hitchens could think that a man with such admirable qualities and talents was nothing more than a collection of chemicals– the product of unexplained random processes. Christopher’s intellect, wit, courage, and passion are evidence to me of a Divine Being– a Divine Being who loves human freedom so much that He would even allow the gifts He bestows to be used against Him." [2]

Courage and Godspeed,

A Note Readers

Although I disagreed with many of Hitchens' views, I did admire his willingness to take on all comers and his story telling abilities. The goal of this post is simply to contrast the views of a Christian and an atheist on the death of a well-known individual. No disrespect toward Mr. Hitchens or his family is intended.



Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Resources from Lee Strobel

For those who do not receive Lee Strobel's monthly newsletter, I would strongly encourage you to consider signing up for it here. I have been very pleased with the content in the letters since signing up.

In this month's newsletter, Strobel tackles some relevant Bible questions and includes some excellent resources for the Christmas season.

Lee answers the questions- 1) When was Luke written? 2) Why is a Verse Missing in Matthew?- and you can find his responses here.

Further, he highlights the following articles:

Again, to sign-up for Lee's newsletter, go here.

To explore more of Lee's works, checkout his website found here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Saturday, December 10, 2011

One Minute Apologist Interviews with Dr. Richard Howe

1. What is a Cult?

2. World Religion or a Cult?

3. Are Mormons Christians?

4. What Do Mormons Believe?

For more of Dr. Richard Howe's work, go here.

For more resources on Mormonism check out our Apologetics Arsenal.


Courage and Godspeed,

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Article: What is the Truth About the Date and Origin of Christmas? by Jim Wallace

The forthcoming holiday season provides followers of Christ with an excellent opportunity to share the gospel with friends and family.

Here at Truthbomb Apologetics, we desire to equip you to intelligently and winsomely discuss the evidences for Christianity with precision and grace.

Last year, we offered this post that boasts numerous Christmas Research Materials.

In this post, we feature an excellent article by Jim Wallace of that addresses the questions:
  • So, when exactly was Jesus born?
  • So, why do we celebrate Christmas on the 25th?
You can checkout the article here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Counterpoints: Richard Dawkins and David T. Lamb

Richard Dawkins: "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully." [1]

David T. Lamb: "While I applaud Dawkins for bringing these problems into the open for discussion, I don't agree with his conclusions. He simply isn't reading his Bible well." [2]

Forthcoming- A review of God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? by David T. Lamb

Stand firm in Christ,


1. Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, p. 51
2. David T. Lamb, God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?, p. 16

Monday, November 21, 2011

Article: Do All Religions Lead to God? by Aaron Brake

Aaron Brake of Apologetic Junkie has written an excellent article dealing with the question Do All Religions Lead to God?

Courage and Godspeed,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Article: 15 Ways to Detect Nonsense by Apologetics315

Brian Auten of Apologetics315 has posted an outstanding article entitled 15 Ways to Detect Nonsense.

Check it out here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Book Review- The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is by N.T. Wright

In this book, as the title says, Wright sets out to rediscover who Jesus was and who He is. He writes:

"If even in a human relationship of knowledge and love there can be misunderstandings, false impressions, wrong assumptions, which need to be teased out and dealt with, how much more when the one to whom we are relating is Jesus himself" (p. 14).
Indeed, for the Christ follower, the desire to know more about Jesus will not be satiated until He is met face to face.
So, Wright presents a twofold challenge. He invites the reader to join the quest of looking at Jesus in a new light (through the lense of first century Judaism) and then use that new understanding of Him as a model of what the church is to be for the
world in the 21st century.
He undertakes this quest by exploring the following questions found on page 33:
1. Where does Jesus belong within the Jewish world of his day?
2. What, in particular, was his preaching of the kingdom all about? What was he aiming to do?
3. Why did Jesus die? In particular, what was his own intention in going to Jerusalem that last fateful time?
4. Why did the early church begin, and why did it take the shape it did? Specifically, of course, what happened at Easter?
5. How does all this relate to the Christian task and vision today?
Answering the Questions
1. Where does Jesus belong within the Jewish world of his day?

I believe Wright sums up the answer to this question with the following statement:

"His place there...was the place of a prophet, warning that Israel’s present course was leading to disaster and urging a radical alternative upon her" (p. 73).
Israel was reading the wrong story and had lost sight of its purpose to which Jesus was calling them back to. Wright states:
"The story was never about Israel beating up her enemies and becoming established as the high-and mighty master of the world. It was always the story of how the creator God, Israel’s covenant God, would bring his saving purposes for the world to birth through the suffering and vindication of Israel” (p. 161-162).
2. What, in particular, was his preaching of the kingdom all about? What was he aiming to do?
Jesus was proclaiming that the kingdom of God was at hand. Wright lays out the main thrusts of this kingdom-message:
- The End of Exile: The parable of the sower in Mark 4:1-20 and the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 offer a few examples where Christ was saying Israel’s exile was ending.
- The Call of the Renewed People: Jesus was “telling his hearers to give up their agendas and to trust him for his way of being Israel, his way of bringing the kingdom, his kingdom-agenda” (p. 44). Jesus was reconstituting Israel around Him as seen in the summoning of the twelve, the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, and his radical acceptance and forgiveness.
- Disaster and Vindication:
Jesus announced…"that God’s judgment would fall not on the surrounding nations but on the Israel that had failed to be the light of the world. Jesus himself and his followers…were now the true, reconstituted Israel. They would suffer and suffer horribly, but God would vindicate them" (p. 49).
This is seen in Luke 19:41-44 and Mark 13 and its parallels in Matthew 24 and Luke 21.
Wright goes on to explain that Jesus attacked the symbols of the second-Temple Jewish worldview as obsolete, and having no place in the kingdom of God. In fact the symbols were being “redefined in and around him and his work” (p. 55). He also makes the following very clear:
"Jesus’ clash with the Pharisees came about…because his kingdom-agenda for Israel demanded that Israel leave off her frantic and paranoid self-defense, reinforced as it now was by the ancestral codes, and embrace instead the vocation to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth" (p. 57).
Wright’s thorough description of each of these symbols and the symbols Jesus replaced them with gives this reader a better sense of how radical Jesus was to the first century Jews who heard Him.
3. Why did Jesus die? In particular, what was his own intention in going to Jerusalem that last fateful time?
Wright sums up the answer to this question by repeating what he has written elsewhere for he feels he can do no better and this reader does not intend to sum it up any better either:
"Jesus’ underlying aim was based on his faith-awareness of vocation. He believed himself called, by Israel’s god, to evoke the traditions which promised YHWH’s return to Zion, and the…traditions which spoke of a human figure sharing the divine throne; to enact those traditions in his own journey to Jerusalem, his messianic act in the Temple, and his death at the hands of the pagans (in the hope of subsequent vindication); and thereby to embody YHWH’s return" (p. 121).
4. Why did the early church begin, and why did it take the shape it did? Specifically, of course, what happened at Easter?
Wright tackles this question in chapter six of the book by presenting a historical argument for the resurrection of Jesus that this reader finds very impressive. I will not explain it in this review as I encourage that it be read in full. As a teaser, however, it is based on 1 Corinthians 15 and the expectations of first century Jews.
The answer to the question though is the resurrection from the dead of all creation sparked by the resurrection of Jesus.
5. How does all this relate to the Christian task and vision today?
As I was reading through the last chapter of the book that addresses this question, I was reminded of the call philosopher John Mark Reynolds places upon Christians to engage culture by creating and building beauty. Wright is calling us to the same and further proposes that Jesus’ resurrection was the beginning of the new world which all creation has been groaning for since the Fall and that “everything done on the basis of Jesus’ resurrection and in the power of the Spirit already belongs to that new world” (p. 180).
Wright calls followers of Christ to build a new world through the Spirit. A world that is founded on Jesus. A world that, because of Jesus and His resurrection, has already arrived.
If you are looking to understand Jesus as He would have been understood by His Jewish contemporaries, this is a excellent book to read. I am now more able to look at what Jesus said and did in the Gospels through the eyes of a first century Jew. And if you want a better understanding of the full impact of how Jesus’ death and resurrection was the culmination of history (God’s story), again, this book is worth reading. This understanding adds to this reviewer’s insight into the absolute uniqueness of the God of Israel.
DVD Review
The book also comes with a DVD in which Wright explores the concept of resurrection in the ancient world. Wright discovers that a man rising bodily from the dead was unheard of before the first century. In the ancient world death was permanent. Death was a door that opened to a spirit world, a door that could not be opened again by the one who had gone through it. He goes on to state that even though the Jews believed in a bodily resurrection, this belief correlated with the end of the world. Wright concludes that the bodily resurrection of Jesus is the best explanation for a group of first century Jews (the early Christians) proclaiming Jesus had risen bodily from the dead in the present world. This reviewer found that the DVD further solidified Wright's historical argument for the bodily resurrection of Jesus found in the book.

Thanks to
Intervarsity Press for the review copy.
Stand firm in Christ,Chase

Saturday, November 05, 2011

John Mark Reynolds and Objective Beauty

If you have not heard philosopher John Mark Reynolds, you should make a point to do so. During a conference I attended a few weeks ago at Mt. Airy Bible Church, Dr. Reynolds argued that beauty was objective. I found the arguments fascinating.

In this post, I want to highlight a 5 article series in which Dr. Reynolds outlines his case for objective beauty.


Courage and Godspeed,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Interview: Chad Gross Drops Truthbomb on Maryland

Here is an interview I did with Joel Furches of the Jarrettsville Christianity Examiner entitled "Chad Gross Drops Truthbomb on Maryland."

You can find it here.


Courage and Godspeed,

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lecture: William Lane Craig presents "The Evidence for God"

Here is a video of a lecture that Dr. William Lane Craig gave at Imperial College on October 18, 2011 entitled The Evidence for God.

For more resources by Dr. Craig, please see here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Monday, October 10, 2011

Why Is God Not a Possibility?

As someone interested in apologetics, Chad asked me if I would be able to occasionally write posts for the blog. As you can see from the words you are now reading, I gladly accepted.

An article posted on 27 September on the Washington Post "On Faith" blog entitled, 'Atheism is cool’ says Archbishop of Canterbury, discussed the growing popularity of atheism due to the failure of the religious to appear rational before a questioning world for holding the beliefs that they do. So, I posted a response to the article to demonstrate that Christianity has a rational voice. I provided a brief version of the Cosmological Argument- meaning that evidence suggests that the universe, all space, time, and matter, had a beginning out of nothing. Therefore, something supernatural and eternal must be in place in order for the universe to exist and that God fits both of these attributes.

As a side note, I also posted the Minimal Facts argument for the resurrection of Jesus and few commented on that and none refuted any of the facts presented. In response to my post, one blogger asked, “Why is God the best explanation for the beginning of the universe?”

Another blogger posted a YouTube video of Lawrence Krauss giving a lecture on Quantum Mechanics and essentially said, “Here is your evidence for how the universe came from nothing.” Quantum Mechanics still admits a beginning and in a debate Dr. Krauss had with Dr. William Lane Craig in March Dr. Krauss kept asking the question, “Why does a beginning to the universe point to God?” In my limited experience discussing the origins of the universe with atheists, it seems that similar versions of this question pop up. The question I pose in response is this: Is God not a possibility? Dr. Craig, myself and other proponents of Christianity consider possibilities such as Quantum Mechanics. Why does it seem that atheists do not even want to consider God a possible cause of the beginning of the universe even after being presented with evidence that He is one? I have my thoughts. What do you the readers think?

Chase Deener

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Video: Dr. J.P. Moreland- "Arguing God from Moral Law?"

For those not familiar with Closer to the Truth, it's a great place to watch interviews with scholars, scientists, and philosophers of all stripes on questions concerning the cosmos, consciousness, and God.

In this video, Dr. J.P. Moreland discusses the relationship between God and morality.

You can watch it here.


Courage and Godspeed,

Monday, September 26, 2011

Apologetics Ministries in Maryland?

Hello Readers,

First off, I just want to start off by thanking each of you for your readership. Admittedly, our posting has been sporadic as of late due to personal scheduling challenges. My apologies.

However, I have been invited to do an interview this week about Truthbomb Apologetics and other apologetics ministries in Maryland. Here is where you come in- if you are aware of any solid apologetics ministries in Maryland, please share via the comments. I would like to use the interview to promote sound apologetics ministries in the area.

Thank you so much for your help!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011

Videos: Dr. Gary Habermas on What Jesus Said...

Philosopher and resurrection expert Gary Habermas was recently featured on the Day of Discovery Series titled What Jesus Said.

The following are 4 videos of Dr. Habermas from the series:

1. What Jesus said about the Resurrection, Pt 1

2. What Jesus said about the Resurrection, Pt. 2

3. What Jesus said about Who He Is

4. What Jesus said about following Him

As Dr. Habermas' site notes:

"These are very large files that we are not able to divide or compress any further. We suggest that you download the files and watch them on your computer as two separate steps. To do this, right click (PC) or click hold (Mac) and select the option to save the file from the resulting pop-up menu. The download time will vary depending on the speed of your internet connection."


To learn more about Dr. Habermas, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Voice of the Martyrs

We here at Truthbomb Apologetics encourage everyone to get informed and pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world at Voice of the Martyrs.

Sign-up for their free monthly newsletter here.

Request a free copy of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand's book Tortured for Christ here. To learn more about Pastor Wurmbrand visit here.

To find out more about how you can get involved, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Article: Why is the New Testament Silent on Slavery- or is it? by Paul Copan

Philosopher Paul Copan, author of Is God a Moral Monster?, has recently released an essay entitled Why the New Testament is Silent on Slavery- or is it?

For more resources from Copan, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Conference: Reason, Relevance, and Religion- Looking at Christianity's Place in Today's Culture at Mt. Airy, Maryland

Fall 2011 MABC Apologetics Conference - Mount Airy, Maryland

When you boil it down, isn't Christianity really about blind faith and mystery? That's certainly what we hear the world saying through every vehicle of the media. But it turns out to be the furthest thing from the truth. In this fast-paced and stimulating conference, some of the leaders in Christian thinking and philosophy will demonstrate that Christianity is really all about KNOWLEDGE! As the Apostle John said, we can "KNOW the truth and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32). The very best scholarship and thinking in history, philosophy, science, and cultural studies point to the truth of the Christian worldview. This conference will help equip you to make your case for Christ in a hostile world.

Free Kick-Off

Apologetics and Evangelism in a Skeptical Age
Thursday, October 6 7:00 - 9:30 pm with Craig Hazen

Conference Sessions: October 7-8

Join us for cutting-edge plenary sessions on basic apologetics and communicating your ideas with impact. Plus a fantastic slate of break-out sessions just before the lunch break.

Is the Bible Intolerant with Brett Kunkle Friday, October 7 7:00 - 9:30 pm

Finding Christ in Culture with John Mark Reynolds Saturday, October 8 9:00 am - 11:20 pm

Evidence for the Resurrection with Gary Habermas Saturday, October 8 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Saturday Break Out Sessions: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Marvin Patrick:"Answering Jehovah's Witnesses"

Steve Schrader:"Answering Mormonism"

Nabeel Qureshi: "Answering Islam"

Greg Gannsle: "Why Christianity Makes Sense"

For more information, and to register, see here

Mt. Airy always does an excellent job with their conferences. We hope to see each of you there!

Courage and Godspeed,

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Human/Ape Common Ancestry- Follow the Evidence!

I am continually taken a back by the free ride skeptics and atheists are many times given when it comes to their often touted claim that genetic similarities between humans and apes demonstrate that Neo-Darwinism is surely true.

For example, in Christopher Hitchens' much published debate with philosopher/theologian William Lane Craig, Hitchens made a sweeping statement regarding the genetic similarties in humans and apes as if this is powerful evidence for Darwinian evolution. Is that truly the case?

You decide...

Checkout these articles and be bold enough to follow the evidence wherever it leads!

Is there perhaps an alternative point of view? If so, are you willing to consider it?

Courage and Godspeed,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Common Objection #16 - "We know nothing about Jesus outside of the New Testament."

Critics often claim that we know nothing about Jesus outside of the New Testament. I believe this claim is often the result of assumption and not investigation.
What follows is a summary of the data we have regarding Jesus outside of the New Testament from non-Christian sources.
There exist 17 known non-Christian sources that were written within 100-150 years of Jesus life which is excellent for ancient history. [1]

They are as follows:

Ancient Historians

Government Officials
Pliny the Younger
Emperor Trajan
Emperor Hadrian

Other Jewish Sources
The Talmud
Toledoth Jesu

Other Gentile Sources
Mara Bar-Serapion

Gnostic Sources

The Gospel of Truth
The Apocryphon of John
The Gospel of Thomas
The Treatise on Resurrection

Other Lost Works
Acts of Pontius Pilate- recorded as actual documents by Justin Martyr (ca. AD 150) and Tertullian (ca. AD 200). Both agree that it was an official document of Rome.
Phlegon- Phlegon’s work is not longer in existence and we depend on others for our information. [2]

What facts about Jesus do these ancient non-Christian sources report?

Here are just 12 of them:

1. Jesus lived during the time of Tiberius Caesar.
2. He lived a virtuous life.
3. He was a wonder-worker.
4. He had a brother named James.
5. He was acclaimed to be the Messiah.
6. He was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
7. He was crucified on the eve of the Jewish Passover.
8. Darkness and an earthquake occurred when he died.
9. His disciples believed he rose from the dead.
10. His disciples were willing to die for their belief.
11. Christianity spread rapidly as far as Rome.
12. His disciples denied the Roman gods and worshiped Jesus as God. [3]

Please note that these facts are completely consistent with what the New Testament documents report concerning Christ.


From these non-Christian sources, we know more than 60 facts of the life of Jesus from outside the New Testament.

For those interested in examining more of these facts, please see here.

For readers interested in exploring the historical evidence for Jesus more in-depth, I recommend Gary Habermas' The Historical Jesus and/or Mike Licona's The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach.

To view the other common objections we have dealt with, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,


1. Dr. Gary Habermas, Lecture: The Historical Jesus, Biola University.
2. Dr. Gary Habermas, The Historical Jesus, p. 187-228.
3. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, p. 222-223.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book Review: “O” God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality by Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett

No one can deny the powerful international influence that Oprah Winfrey has had on millions of people and her influence continues to grow. Whether through her website, magazine or recently ended talk show, Oprah is arguably one of the most influential women in history. To her credit, Oprah in many ways has used her celebrity and financial success to help scores of people around the world.

However, just assuredly as Oprah has used her fame and fortune to help those less fortunate, she has also used her persuasion as a sort of pulpit, preaching “strange doctrines” to millions of sincere viewers around the world. She has gone from being a simple talk show host to a spiritual guru of sorts, raising questions about the character of the biblical God, salvation through Jesus Christ alone and the very reality of sin.

In their book, “O” God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality, authors Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett address many of the questions raised by Oprah and the various teachers she promotes.

As the authors explain:

As Christian apologists who believe that salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, and in Christ alone, we wanted to create a fictional, almost Socratic dialogue that would cover many of the themes of Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual teaching in recent years.” [p. 9]

The result is an short (117 p.), easy-to-read book that tackles the intellectual issues raised by Oprah’s spiritual teachings with an inside look at how the teachings of Oprah, when practically applied to one’s everyday life, can have very real, and sometimes very sad, consequences.

The book is arranged in 11 short chapters with the content centered on the dialogue of two female graduate students.

What I Appreciated

One of the elements of the book that this reader greatly appreciated was while McDowell and Sterrett clearly take issue with Oprah’s spiritual beliefs and the teachers she promotes, they do not attack Oprah on a personal level. Clearly, the intent of this book is to evaluate the truthfulness or falsehood of Oprah’s spiritual beliefs and the numerous teachers see has supported and this is done so with the utmost respect. Apologists should take note that when addressing one’s view, it is the belief and not the believer that should be dealt with.

I also enjoyed the manner in which McDowell and Sterrett dealt with issues raised by the dialogue in the book with easy-to-understand examples and illustrations that someone unfamiliar with apologetics “lingo” can clearly understand and apply to their own thinking.

Finally, this reviewer liked how the authors cleverly built a case for the truth of Christianity while addressing the issues raised by Oprah and her teachings.

The Content

Those familiar with Oprah’s teachings over the years will not be disappointed by the issues McDowell and Sterrett take aim at. After I finished the book, upon reflection, I could not think of one issue that Oprah has questioned in the media or one teacher she has endorsed that was not addressed directly or indirectly.

Issues addressed by McDowell and Sterrett include:

  • Is the God of the Bible a jealous God?
  • Can’t there possibly be more than one way to heaven?
  • Oprah’s Tolerance

  • Should we lose religion all together?

  • The teachings of Eckhart Tolle and the nature of truth

  • Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret

  • The Nature of God- theism, polytheism, or pantheism?

  • Is Jesus “the Jesus of Christ-consciousness” or the Jesus of the New Testament?”

  • What happens to the soul and body after death?

  • How can people experience the love of God through Jesus?

As well as addressing these critical issues, McDowell and Sterrett also clearly communicate what it means to truly be saved and know Jesus Christ as Lord.


This reviewer enjoyed “O” God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality and I believe the book to be an ideal tool for reaching out to those who have been taken in by Oprah’s preaching and the different teachers and books she has promoted. Furthermore, the discussion questions for each chapter included in the back of the book make the it an ideal resource for a small group or Bible study.

Apologists will find the book helpful as it models an excellent manner to communicate with those who have questions about the variety of issues raised by Oprah and the teachings she endorses.

I encourage readers and seekers of truth to check out “O” God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality and to those who have friends or family who have been swayed by Oprah’s preaching, this is the ideal book to read through with them and discuss.

Courage and Godspeed,