Monday, August 23, 2021

Apologetics315 Interviews: Interview Reflections


In our thirty-fifth podcast, Brian Auten and I answer the mailbag and then review the past 14 episodes and the interview guests, sharing insights and things learned.

0:29 – News from the world of Gozer
4:39 – Mailbag feedback
12:10 – The Stephen C. Meyer interview
15:58 – The Ken Samples episodes
19:17 – Katy Faust and Them Before Us
24:11 – The Michael J. Nelson interview
29:40 – The Ted Wright archaeology interview
31:45 – The rhetoric interview with Jim Beitler
33:32 – Apologetics for parents with Michael D’Virgilio
36:58 – The Molinism interview with Tim Stratton
38:41 – The Christian Enneagram with Marcia Montenegro
41:23 – Spiritual warfare reading (Karl Payne book)
45:27 – The Miracles interview with Craig Keener

You can listen here.

Find more daily apologetics resources here.

Courage and Godspeed,

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Apologetics315 Podcast: Miracles Today with Dr. Craig Keener


In this interview, Brian Auten and I sit down with Craig Keener to discuss his new book Miracles Today: The Supernatural Work of God in the Modern World.  Are miracles happening today? How do we evaluate miracle claims? How do we know if witnesses are credible? Many accounts and stories of healing and miracles are discussed.

The show notes are as follows:

0:42 – Introduction to Dr. Craig Keener
6:49 – Welcome to Dr. Keener; what compelled you to write a book on miracles in the world today?
10:40 – How this book is different than his previous miracles book
11:32 – What is a miracle and how do we define them? A discussion of Hume’s definition
15:20 – What criteria do we use when assessing miracle claims?
17:39 – Are some miracle claims ambiguous? What type of miracle accounts does the book discuss?
19:47 – Two accounts of dramatic healing
23:36 – What sort of environment do these miracles happen in? An account of deteriorated hip bones being healed.
29:14 – What role do presuppositions play in how we look at miracle claims? How high is the bar for evidence?
33:28 – Does “uniform human experience” invalidate miracle claims?
37:27 – “That account is too old,” “That account is too far away,” and other objections
43:06 – Do we have any miracles on video? (Yes)
47:07 – What would you say to someone who has been praying for a miracle or healing and has not experienced it yet? A discussion on cutting edge evangelism and miracles
51:44 – Does God heal amputees?
52:22 – Responses to common “internet objections”
54:38 – What about people being raised from the dead?
59:20 – Cumulative evidence of multiple claims, and the height of skepticism; how to critically evaluate claims
1:00:17 – What would you say to someone wanting God to prove himself to them through an appearance or miracle?
1:02:26 – How has your faith been strengthened by researching miracles?

You can listen here.

Order Dr. Keener's new book here.  And you can checkout more of his work here.

For great daily apologetics resources, checkout Apologetics315

Many thanks to Dr. Keener for taking the time to chat with us!

Courage and Godspeed,

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Monday, August 09, 2021

Apologetics315 Podcast: The Enneagram with Marcia Montenegro


In this podcast, Brian Auten and I chat with Marcia Montenegro about the Enneagram and the influence it is having in Christian circles.  Montenegro is a former astrologer who turned to Christ.

The show notes are as follows:

2:05 – Intro to Marcia Montenegro and her background
4:09 – Why talk to a former astrologer?
10:12 – Welcome to Marcia
11:17 – How Marcia got into the New Age movement and became an astrologer; how God led her out
25:19 – Is New Age fake, false or both? What’s behind it?
29:45 – Is there a spiritual dimension behind psychic readings?
30:31 – A couple stories of special knowledge from spirit guides
40:33 – What is the Enneagram and where did it come from?
59:43 – Marcia’s recent debate with Todd Wilson on the Unbelievable? radio show
1:01:10 – Is Marcia committing the genetic fallacy?
1:02:35 – No scientific evidence for the Enneagram
1:14:14 – What would you say to a Christian that things that the Enneagram is helpful and harmless?
1:20:14 – The swath of books by Christian publishers on the Enneagram
1:27:24 – More debate reflections; is the Enneagram just a passing fad?

You can listen here.

To learn more about Marcia and her excellent ministry, go here.  You can get the book Marcia co-authored on the topic, Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret, here.

For more helpful apologetics resources, checkout Apologetics315 here.

Many thanks to Marcia for taking the time to chat with us!

Courage and Godspeed,

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Thursday, August 05, 2021

Apologetics315 Podcast: Too Good To Be False with Tom Gilson


In this interview, Brian Auten and I chat with Tom Gilson about his latest book Too Good to be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality.  

The show notes are as follows:

0:30 – The Dukes of Hazzard intro
1:30 – Intro to Tom Gilson
5:01 – About Tom and his work and background
7:25 – Where did the idea for this book come from?
10:47 – A brief summary of the book
12:43 – Jesus didn’t have faith?
16:53 – You can’t make this stuff up
17:42 – What the argument is NOT and what it is
21:37 – Arguing for the best explanation
23:56 – The most common misconceptions and misunderstandings
26:27 – How would Bertrand Russell respond?
30:35 – The Facebook objection
34:13 – The book’s focus on Jesus and his character
34:36 – Positive feedback from readers
37:07 – Where to download a free chapter:

You can listen here.

Order a copy of Tom's excellent book here.  Learn more about Tom and his ministry here.

For more great apologetics content from Apologetics315, go here.

Many thanks to Tom for doing the interview!

Courage and Godspeed,

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