Mormons and the Community of Christ

Apologetics and Theology

I have been interested in the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) for some time.  One of the interesting things is the theological differences between the Community […]

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James 1:19-27 and the Apologist

Apologetics and Theology

I am preaching on this passage at my church and while I was writing my sermon, I was reflecting on the application for apologetics. “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to […]

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David Jones on Christian Ethics

Apologetics and Theology

You can find an entire course on Christian ethics taught by David Jones at Covenant Seminary available online in audio format.  You can get it from iTunes U here.   I found it to be quite […]

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The Church, Autism and Apologetics

Apologetics

I usually don’t post transcripts of my podcast, but I was encouraged to do so in this case because of the importance of the subject.  Please consider sharing this information with your church, pastor and […]

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Christians and Islam

Apologetics and Theology

I have noticed that there is a huge concern among Christians about Islam.  In some cases, feelings border on fear.  Does that cashier with the head dress really want to kill my family and force […]

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Bio-Ethics Bites

Apologetics and Theology

The subject of ethics is one that we cannot afford to be ignorant on.  There are some good Christian resources but we should be aware of what non-Christians are saying as well.  I have been […]

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Religion as a Quest for Afterlife

Apologetics and Theology

It is common to hear the accusation that religion was created by those who feared death and needed some sort of afterlife.  Really?  And what research is that based on?  Your neighbour who had a […]

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Karl Barth on the Virgin Birth

Virgin Birth

The man Jesus of Nazareth is not the true Son of God because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  On the contrary, because He is the true Son […]

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So You Want to Be an Apologist?

First of all, what do you mean by that?  Are you saying that you want to be a “professional” apologist or you want apologetics to be a part of your life as a Christian?  This […]

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Romans at Yale

Apologetics and Theology

I recently listened to a series of talks on the Book of Romans by Harold Attridge and David Bartlett from Yale Divinity School.  I did not agree with everything they said, but that is good, […]

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Clay Jones on the Canaanite Question

Since there is much discussion about the war against the Canaanites, I thought I would add something else.  A few years ago, Clay Jones wrote an article for the journal Philosophia Christi on this topic. […]

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The “I Could Do It Better” Fallacy

Many people struggle with either belief in God or the nature of God.  I can understand that, as I have been there myself.  There are some good reasons to struggle with these questions.  However, I […]

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The Gospels as History

Apologetics and Theology

There are some lectures available from the Reformed Theological Seminary by Richard Bauckham on the Gospels as history.  They are quite good.  You can get the lectures from iTunes here.

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Richard Dawkins’ God Delusion

Apologetics and Theology

Exposition Richard Dawkins is one of the most outspoken of what is commonly called the new atheists.  As one of the “Four Horsemen of the New Atheism” (along with Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel […]

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Christopher Hitchens on Abortion

“As a materialist, I think it has been demonstrated that an embryo is a separate body and entity, and not merely (as some really did used to argue) a growth on or in the female […]

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Child Abuse and Other Errors

Apologetics and Theology

While western religions are normally the target of the harshest criticism, Christopher Hitchens shows he is an equal opportunity critic with his chapter “There is No ‘Eastern” Solution.”  As stated before, I am in no […]

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Considering the Community of Christ

Apologetics and Theology

I recently heard from a Community of Christ pastor who was receiving some opposition from his local ministerial.  If you are not familiar with the Community of Christ, they were formally known as the Reorganized […]

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A Poorly Designed Chapter

In his chapter “Arguments From Design” Christopher Hitchens attacks the concept of intelligent design.  This was a frustrating chapter in a number of ways.  One reason is that Hitchens got off topic quite often.  He […]

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Ravi Zacharias in Conversation

Last night I went with Amanda and Andrew Scholl to see Ravi Zacharias speak at Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto.  I have read a couple of his books and have listened to his […]

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People Kill

Apologetics and Theology

I have just finished reading the chapter “Religion Kills.”  It was a very frustrating chapter to read.  Hitchens’ argument is that religion seems to lead to greater violence.  His evidence is that numerous groups that […]

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Christian Responses to 9/11

Apologetics and Theology

Apologetics Bloggers Alliance collaborate for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 Apologetics Bloggers Alliance collaboration for the tenth anniversary of 9/11: Faithful Thinkers:  Atheism, Evil and Ultimate Justice The Point: Christianity and 9/11: Guilt by Association? The Gospel According to Erik: Did […]

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Where Was God on 9/11?

Apologetics and Theology

As we remember the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, there are a number of questions come up.  One of those questions is: Where was God on 9/11?  As I see it, there are three options. […]

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Are Apostles and Prophets For Today?

Apologetics and Theology

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.” (Ephesians 4:11 NIV) Apostles and prophets are mentioned numerous times in the […]

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Apologetics of Love

Love

It is always a fair question to ask: Why Christianity?  Why choose to be a Christian rather than adopt any other worldview?  I can see a number of good reasons but there is one that […]

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Fruit Inspector

Apologetics and Theology

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck […]

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Stand to Reason

If you are looking for quality apologetics resources, I would encourage you to check out Stand to Reason.  This is the ministry run by Greg Koukl.  There is much about Greg’s style that I like. […]

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Tim Keller on Creation and Evolution

What is a Christian to do with the whole creation/evolution debate?  Do we clutch our Bibles with one hand and try to protect our ears from the claims of science with the other hand?  This […]

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Faithful Thinkers

Apologetics and Theology

I would like to continue and point you to good quality apologetics blogs.  This time I would like to send you to Faithful Thinkers by Luke Nix.  Check out his blog and make sure to […]

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Cold and Lonely Truth

Apologetics and Theology

Another blog that I would like to recommend is Cold and Lonely Truth by Arthur Khachatryan.  Arthur is also the author of the book Cold and Lonely Truth.  Check it out.

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History of Philosophy Podcast

Apologetics and Theology

I am currently listening to the History of Philosophy podcast by Peter Adamson from King’s College London.  You can find this on iTunes here.

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John the Baptist

John the Baptist

“But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those […]

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Fallacy Friday

I do not think I am mistaken in recommending a podcast called Fallacy Friday.  It is a short podcast by Matthew Flannagan on logic and critical thinking in cooperation with www.apologetics315.com.  You can find Fallacy […]

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Herod the Great

Herod

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I […]

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The Magi

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of […]

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Making of the New Testament

Apologetics and Theology

The New Testament is an incredibly influential book but how did it come to be?  People like Bart Ehrman seem to attack almost every issue regarding the process.  Arthur Patzia’s Making of the New Testament is […]

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Matthew’s Genealogy

Apologetics and Theology

One of the projects I am working on is an apologetic commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.  I am going to start it as a series of posts and then collect them as a book. […]

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Jesus, Socrates and Alexander the Great

Apologetics and Theology

In a recent discussion in the comments section of one of my blog posts, a person who doubts the historicity of Jesus suggested that an appropriate comparison of ancient figures would be that with Socrates, […]

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How to Do Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

I have been having some interesting conversations with some fellow apologists connected with the Christian Apologetics Alliance.  A question was asked about where we need work in apologetics.  My burden is that we get back […]

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Why I Believe in the Resurrection

Is believing in the resurrection of Jesus reasonable? Since we have just come out of Easter, I thought I would share why I believe in the resurrection of Jesus.  These are not “proofs.”  If you […]

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Six Surprises of Easter

Easter

Introduction Some surprises are good and some are bad.  I remember some bad ones.  I remember biting into what I thought was a chocolate donut and finding out it was a pumpernickel bagel or what […]

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Jesus as the Solar Messiah

Much of my research is in the area of the Jesus myth theory.  Part of this theory is that Jesus was created as another solar messiah or god along the lines of Helios, Apollo and […]

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Destruction of the Alexandrian Library

In my reading, I have encountered claims that the the great library at Alexandria was destroyed by Christians to prevent people from discovering the pagan origins of Christianity.  There is a problem with this.  You […]

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Gospel of Luke: Yale Divinity Bible Study Series

Apologetics and Theology

You can find a very good video podcast on the Gospel of Luke on iTunes here.  It is a conversation between Yale Divinity School Dean Harold Attridge and Yale Divinity School professor emeritus David Bartlett.

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What is Heresy?

Apologetics and Theology

There seems to be quite a bit of labeling of people as heretics in recent years.  It is easy to discount people with a label, but have people really thought through what this means?  The […]

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Are YHWH and Allah the Same God?

Apologetics and Theology

What should people do with questions of the relation of the God of the Bible and the God of the Qur’an?  Are YHWH and Allah the same God?  This is a hard question to answer. […]

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Words for Apologists

I was preparing for my message on Sunday and was going over this passage: “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right […]

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When It’s Wrong to Be Right: Conversion

One of the things that some people do not like about conservative Christianity is the focus on converting people who are not Christians.  The attractive thing about liberal Christianity is that it can focus on […]

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Hope’s Reason: Volume One

The first volume of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics is now complete.  You can find the entire issue here.  I really like how it turned out.  There are articles on Islam, teleology, resurrection, presuppositional […]

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Karl Barth on Orthodoxy

Apologetics and Theology

The catastrophic crash of orthodoxy in the 18th century, the consequences of which we still have to carry to this day, is no more puzzling than the collapse of a house whose foundations are giving […]

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When It’s Wrong to Be Right: Other Religions

Apologetics and Theology

One of the problems with conservative Christians is that they are intolerant of other religions.  The religious right insists that their beliefs are correct and all the other religions are wrong.  In our pluralistic society, […]

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The Republic

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most important works in philosophy is Plato’s Republic.  It should be read by anyone interested in philosophy.  To aid in your study of Plato, you can get the Republic as a podcast. […]

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Mary and Pagan Virgin Mothers

Mary

Very often, skeptics claim that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is just another version of other pagan virgin mothers such as Isis.  I have done some work to demonstrate that often these pagan mothers are […]

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Following the Star

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of […]

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Empty Tomb Review

Apologetics and Theology

Mike Licona reviews Daniel A. Smith’s Revisiting the Empty Tomb: The Early History of Easter in the Review of Biblical Literature.  You can read the review here.

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Justin Martyr

Apologetics and Theology

I just finished the writings of Justin Martyr.  Justin is known as being on of the first apologists.  I thought I would share a few thoughts about his work.  First of all, as important as […]

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Is Jesus God?

Apologetics and Theology

This is a controversial question.  But here is something to keep in mind.  Here are a couple of verses from Revelation.  The verses are from the same book and so we cannot be accused of […]

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Fabricating Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

One of the best Jesus books that I have read in the last couple of years is Craig Evans’ Fabricating Jesus, where he deals with some of the recent radical theories regarding Jesus.  Here is […]

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Twilight of Atheism Audio

Apologetics and Theology

I am very much enjoying Alister McGrath’s lectures on the Twilight of Atheism from the C.S. Lewis Institute.  You can find the audio here.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Holy Spirit

Jehovah's Witnesses

In the Oct. 1 2010 issue of the Watchtower there is an article entitled “What is the Holy Spirit?”  One of the main purposes of this article is to demonstrate that the Spirit is not […]

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Raymond Brown on the Testimonium Flavianum

One of the top New Testament scholars of recent years has been the late Raymond Brown.  I like what Brown says about Josephus’ witness of Jesus in his Death of the Messiah vol. 1 on […]

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Five Hundred Witnesses

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most important passages for demonstrating the resurrection of Jesus is the first part of 1 Corinthians 15.  There is one part of this that some people have questioned: Then he appeared to […]

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What We Can Learn From Tom Harpur

As many people know, I have some serious disagreements with Tom Harpur.  However, it is easy to get so caught up in how much we disagree that we neglect to take the opportunity to learn. […]

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Praying to Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

Should we pray to Jesus or should we only pray to the Father?  Certain groups, including Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that we should pray to God in the name of Jesus but should never pray to […]

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Historical Jesus Reviews

Apologetics and Theology

The latest Review of Biblical Literature has a couple of reviews that people might be interested in.  Robert Gundry reviews Craig Blomberg’s Historical Reliability of the Gospels here.  Craig Blomberg reviews Craig Keener’s The Historical […]

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Is Christianity True? E-Book

Christianity

Brian Auten over at Apologetics315 has put together an essay series called Is Christianity True? together into a free e-book.  It includes and essay that I wrote looking at the uniqueness of Christianity among the […]

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Clay Jones on the Jesus Myth Theory

Apologetics and Theology

Clay Jones on his blog recently addressed the Jesus myth, which argues that Jesus never existed and that the story was based on pagan myths.  Since that is of interest to me, I thought I […]

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Case For the Trinity

Apologetics and Theology

The AnsweringIslam web-site has a nice article on the development of the doctrine of the Trinity by K. Dayton Hartman.  While the web-site is aimed as responding to Muslims, this article is useful for anyone […]

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Review of the Theology of John’s Gospels and Letters

Apologetics and Theology

My review of Andreas Kostenberger’s Theology of John’s Gospels and Letters is now up at the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism. You can find the review here.

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Is Christianity True? Podcast

Apologetics and Theology

A while back, Brian Auten and Apologetics 315 sponsored a series entitled Is Christianity True? I participated in this series with an essay on a comparison of Christianity with other ancient religions.  This series has […]

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Was Jesus Really Crucified?

Apologetics and Theology

There is an article on the CNN Belief blog calling into question whether or not Jesus was really crucified.  You can read the post here.  What is different about this is that the scholar identifies […]

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Surprised By Hope

Apologetics and Theology

N.T. Wright‘s Surprised By Hope is one of the best books that I have read in a long time.  I had read his Resurrection of the Son of God, which is much more scholarly, but […]

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Bible and Archaeology

Apologetics and Theology

I enjoyed this article from Time about Bible and Archaeology.  Most conservative Christians would love to see archaeology prove every verse of the Bible to be true.  Many skeptics would love to see archaeology disprove […]

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Why Doesn’t God Do Something?

Apologetics and Theology

We just had a Bible study at church that led to a common conversation: There is so much suffering in the world, so why doesn’t God do something?  This is a frequent criticism of Christianity. […]

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The Devil’s Delusion

I recently finished David Berlinski’s The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions. This is not your typical evangelical Christian response to the new atheism.  David Berlinski is a secular Jew who writes as a […]

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Apologetic Value of N.T. Wright

I happen to quite like the work of N.T. Wright and even considered at one point looking at the work of N.T. Wright as the subject of my doctoral dissertation.  I find his work inspiring […]

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Good New Testament Podcast

Apologetics and Theology

I have been listening lately to a very good New Testament podcast.  It is by biblical scholar Mark Goodacre.  I do not necessarily agree with everything he teaches but he has some great things to […]

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Mormons and the Great Apostasy

Apologetics and Theology

Our next section looks at the concept of the Great Apostasy.  According to Mormons, soon after the death of Jesus, the church fell into a great apostasy.  Reformers such as Luther and Calvin knew there […]

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Mormons and the Blessing of Families

Apologetics and Theology

Mormons stress the importance of families as seen in their comments about the Gospel That Blesses Families.  This is one of the areas in which Mormons are strong.  Even if people have theological questions about […]

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Mormons and the Heavenly Father

Mormons

Mormons proclaim that God is your loving Heavenly Father.  No Christian would disagree with that statement.  While there is something suspicious with the reasoning that God is Father because he is father of our spirits, […]

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The Bacchae

Apologetics and Theology

I just finished reading Euripides play The Bacchae.  This is a very important ancient writing as it is one of our best texts for understanding the Dionysus cult.  This is of importance to me as […]

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Reasonable Faith

Apologetics and Theology

I recently started listening the Reasonable Faith podcasts by William Lane Craig.  I found them quite enjoyable and helpful.  They are mix of answers to questions sent in and portions of debates with background on […]

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Audio Course on Islam

Apologetics and Theology

Islam is becoming a religion that people need to know about.  Muslims are not people from a far and distant land but likely your friends and neighbours.  There are some pretty bad resources out there […]

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When Athens Met Jerusalem

It is important for Christians to understand our Jewish heritage.  It is equally important for us to understand our Greek heritage. There is a reason why the New Testament was written in Greek.  Even Judaism […]

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New Testament and Mythology

New Testament and Mythology

I have been meaning to read something by Rudolf Bultmann for some time and I finally got around to reading a collection of his essays entitled New Testament and Mythology.  I have encountered a number […]

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Knowing Christ Today – Review

Apologetics and Theology

Some time back I gave a short review of Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today.  You can read my full review in the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry here.

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nuChristian

Apologetics and Theology

A few months ago, I read an interesting book called unChristian written by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. It dealt with the perceptions that people outside the church felt toward the church and Christianity. It […]

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Wright and Dunn on the New Perspective

I must confess that I have not taken a position on the new perspective on Paul.  I think that there are some important correctives raised by the new perspective scholars but I am not yet […]

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Facts on Islam Worldwide

Apologetics and Theology

CNN reports on an interesting story about how many Muslims there are and where they live.  There are some surprising statistics that break some of the misconceptions that people have about Islam.  It is good […]

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Is Open Theism a Heresy?

Apologetics and Theology

I was recently listening to an audio course on apologetics that made the brief comment that open theism is a modern heresy.  What is open theism?  Open theism is an attempt to remove Greek philosophical […]

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Who is the Father of Jesus Christ?

Apologetics and Theology

Let me put my cards on the table: I believe Jesus to be the Son of God and that his human father was Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Why do I believe that Jesus is […]

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Why Do I Believe in the Virgin Birth?

There has been quite a conversation about the virgin birth on my post comparing the virgin birth of Laozi and I thought it was time to take it to a new post.  I would like […]

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Portable Seminary

I recently read a book called the Portable Seminary: A Master’s Level Overview in One Volume.  The idea is that it covers all of the topics that could come up in seminary.  Of course the […]

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Mystery Religions

Apologetics and Theology

Samuel Angus’ Mystery Religions is an older but still interesting book on ancient mystery religions.  One of the things that I like about this book is that it does not just describe the religions but […]

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Knowing Christ Today

Apologetics and Theology

I just finished reading an excellent book: Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today.  Willard is an incredible writer and thinker.  He brings philosophy, theology and biblical studies to bear on relevant issues and leaves the reader […]

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Did Jesus Exist?

Among Christians, it is common to think of a trilemma in regards to the identity of Jesus. In part inspired by C.S. Lewis, the trilemma suggests that there are three options for the identity of […]

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