The God of Tarzan

Tarzan

When one thinks of the great Christian apologists, it is likely that Edgar Rice Burroughs is not at the top of the list. In fact, Burroughs was not very religious in his private life. However, […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. 3 Christian Urban Legends That Need to Die – Alisa Childers Book Review: “Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in […]

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2 Types of Sect Leaders

Sect

I just finished teaching a course on Contemporary Religious Movements at Tyndale University College. One of the things that I enjoyed about the course was seeing the connections between the different groups. We focused on […]

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The Hope’s Reason Podcast

Hope's Reason

I have been podcasting for quite a few years and I do enjoy it. Although my original podcast has been taken down by me, I am still active in podcasting. I offer a podcast that […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. A Very Challenging Task: Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus – Eric Chabot When Miracles Don’t Happen – Bob Eckhard Is God a Moral Monster? A […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across. Go and check them out. Do Plastic-Eating Bacteria Dump the Case for Creation? – Fazale Rana What Is A Simple Case for Religious Liberty? – Sean McDowell […]

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Are Seventh-Day Adventists Christians?

Seventh-day Adventists

Seventh-day Adventists are a group that appeared in the 19th century, out of the same religious culture that produced the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. There has long been […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Apologetics Resource: Apologetics QuickGuide – J. Steve Lee 27 Important Epistemological Terms You Should Know – James Bishop Women in the Church, F.F. Bruce – […]

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When Experience and Evidence Kiss

Experience

One of my favourite verses in the Bible is “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” (Psalm 85:10) I love the idea of righteousness and peace kissing each other. If there […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you might want to check out. Did God Create Evil? – Brian Chilton Book Plunge: Sharing The Good News With Mormons – Nick Peters Sociologist Steve Fuller: How ID […]

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Is Speaking in Tongues Still For Today?

Speaking in Tongues

I recently did a Twitter poll about speaking in tongues and to whom it is available. These were the results. Speaking in tongues is available to: — Stephen Bedard (@SJBedard) July 7, 2018 The results […]

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Orthodox Christians and Conditional Immortality

Conditional Immortality

I’m teaching a course on Contemporary Religious Movements at Tyndale University College. One of the common beliefs shared by a number of these groups is belief in annihilationism of conditional immortality. The question to be […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. Did God Create Evil? – Brian Chilton The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity #5: Are Questions More Important than […]

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Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design – Review

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most controversial theological topics is that of human origins and the age of the earth. Christians often hold very tightly to their position and are suspicious of different views. What was the […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Okay, so Laura Ingalls Wilder was a racist. Now what? – Randall Rauser Three Stages in the Formation of the Gospels – Eric Chabot Why […]

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Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction – Review

Mormonism

I have read a number of books in the “A Very Short Introduction” and I always enjoy them. While there are limitations of how much you can get across in such a small format, they […]

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Sharing the Good News With Mormons – Review

Sharing the Good News With Mormons

I have long been interested in groups that are considered sects or cults, especially those with a connection to Christianity. One of those groups is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly called […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. Women in Apologetics on the Rise – Krista Bontrager What Is the Biblical Purpose for Sex? – Sean McDowell The Problem of Evil: An Argument […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 1 – Mark McGee Answering The Good Questions: Do Animals “Talk” Or Use Language? – Daniel Currier […]

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Joseph Smith, Mormons and the Godhead

Mormons

I always prefer hearing directly from people what they believe about God rather than just a summary by a critic. So, how do Mormons and Christians compare when it comes to an understanding of God? […]

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An Honest Confession of Where I Struggle in My Faith

Faith

You may think that because I am a pastor and that I have numerous theological degrees that I should never struggle with my faith. That’s not true. Every Christian struggles at some point or other. […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. God’s Origin Story – Timothy Fox 36 Arguments For The Existence of God — A Work of Fiction: Appendix – Nick Peters A Christian […]

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Is the Internet Good or Bad For Christian Faith?

Apologetics and Theology

I have heard that the internet has been a challenge for Mormons. With the internet, Mormons and non-Mormons have had information about troubling topics such as Joseph Smith’s polygamy and Brigham Young’s radical theological speculation. […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts you should check out. Lydia McGrew on Credentials and New Testament Scholarship – Rob Bowman Is There a First-Century Fragment of Mark’s Gospel? Apparently Not – Michael Kruger A Faultless […]

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5 Questions to Ask When Discussing the Problem of Suffering

Problem of Suffering

For many people, the problem of suffering is one of the most difficult obstacles to faith. There are no easy answers to the problem suffering. But there is more to be done than just shrugging […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Go and check them out. Saving Truth by Abdu Murray – Chad Gross No, Andy Stanley Isn’t a Marcionite – W. Paul Franks What is the […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. Why Using Word “Complexity” Needs Greater Clarification – Eric Chabot Are Today’s Teenagers The Least Christian Generation Ever? – Jonathan Morrow Christians, We Know the […]

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Is Andy Stanley a Marcionite?

Apologetics and Theology

Andy Stanley has recently caused a stir by comments in a sermon about the Old Testament. Many people are concerned about his remarks. Some are even calling him a Marcionite. What is a Marcionite? A […]

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Christians and Alcohol

Alcohol

At a previous church, I had a visit with someone in my congregation. The first question was about my position on Christians and “social drinking.” Before I could comment, she informed me that there was […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Masters of Our Own Fate? – Ken Samples The Gospel and Avengers: Infinity War – Sean McDowell Double the Trouble if You Ignore the Context […]

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7 Steps to Become a Really Bad Apologist

Apologist

Most people who are interested in Christian apologetics desire to be good apologists. For those of you who would prefer to be a bad apologist, here is my advice. Feel free to NOT follow it. […]

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What is Hate Speech and How Should We Respond?

Hate Speech

I noticed the other day that Facebook had a feature where you could submit whether or not a post was considered hate speech. I was not surprised as hate speech is a real concern in […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Street Epistemology: Basic Tactics, Part One – Mark McGee Do You Love Wisdom? 5 Sources For Proper Thinking, Philosophy And Logic – Daniel Currier Defending YOUR […]

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The Golden Rule of Apologetics

Apologetics

What is the Golden Rule of apologetics? Are you ready? Here it is. The Golden Rule of apologetics is… The Gold Rule. Yes that Golden Rule. So in everything, do to others what you would […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. Why GQ Is Wong. The Bible is a Must-Read – Sean McDowell Was Gnosticism Tolerant and Inclusive? Debunking Some Myths about “Alternative” Christianities – Michael […]

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Two Stories of Everything – Review

Two Stories of Everything

There is no lack of books comparing Christianity and Islam. While those books are useful, they tend to compare them as competing religions. It is true that both Christianity and Islam are religions, but they […]

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Saving Truth – Review

Saving Truth

Based on my own research, as well as conversations with others, I have seen the nature of truth as being one of the most pressing issues of our day. We live in a “post-truth” world […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. Is Apologetics Biblical? – W. Paul Franks Tactics: the worst mistake a Christian can make when doing apologetics – […]

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10 Steps to Become a Jesus Mythicist

Jesus Myth

Jesus mythicism is growing despite being rejected by the majority of biblical scholars and historians. I have read a lot from Jesus mythicists and have heard their arguments. From my observations, these are the ten […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. How to be a Billy Graham in 2018 – Steve Schramm Bad Arguments for Atheism. Bad Arguments Against Atheism. […]

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Is Satan in the Old Testament a Good Guy?

Apologetics and Theology

There is a common trend of contrasting the Old and New Testaments. Often it is comparing God as wrathful in the Old and loving in the New Testament. But there are also comparisons of different […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. 13 Different Resurrection Appearances Made By Jesus – Brian Chilton The Joy of Easter – Ravi Zacharias 5 Common Objections to Christianity – Sarah Malcangi […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Cambrian Explosion Shrapnel Still Hitting Evolutionary Scenarios – Discovery Institute Five Tools To Help Discern Truth From Deception – Daniel Currier Jesus says you are […]

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20 Books Every Christian Should Read

Books

I enjoy reading posts that recommend books and I thought I would jump in. I read between two and four books per week and I have a sense of what books are worth reading. Here […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Go and check them out. What Drives a Cult Leader like David Koresh? – Lenny Esposito Science, Stephen Hawking, And Free Minds – Terrell Clemmons Gary […]

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Questions About Petitionary Prayer

Apologetics and Theology

I recently heard an interesting episode about petitionary prayer on the Unbelievable? podcast. Some good questions about prayer were brought up. It is worth listening to. One of the questions that came up was about […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Include Apologetics in Your Ministry

Pastor

Some people embrace Christian apologetics and some have no interest at all. I would suggest that pastors don’t have the right to reject apologetics. Even if we are not interested, apologetics is necessary for our […]

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50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Review

Theology

As a pastor and Bible teacher, I see one of the most important needs as being greater knowledge of basic Christian theology. We have a small minority who devour theology books and a great majority […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Book Review: “Dynamics of Muslim Worlds” – J.W. Wartick WATCH: Nancy Pearcey on Love Thy Body – Kurt Jaros Is the New Testament Reliable? […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. Ancient Mosaic Presents Jesus as God – G. Smith Book Review: Expanded and Updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict by […]

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Jesus Mythicists Are Not Skeptical Enough

Jesus Mythicists

The Jesus Myth Theory basically has two components: 1) that Jesus of Nazareth didn’t exist and 2) the Jesus of the Gospels is based on pagan myths. They would argue that their skepticism leads them […]

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Midweek Apologetics Blog

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. 7 Fascinating Facts that Make the Bible Unique – Sean McDowell What “Living Biblically” Will Probably Get Wrong – Tim Barnett Aberrant Christianity: What is […]

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5 Theological Positions I Have Changed Over the Years

Theological Positions

Winston Churchill once said, “Those who never change their minds, never change anything.” A change of mind is not a sign of weakness but of strength. There have been a number of areas related to […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. What is the Key to Discovering Truth? – Ryan Pauly Gold Metallic Umbrellas (An Apologetic Parable Exposing Relativism) – Marilyn Tyner Protein Amino Acids Form […]

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5 Opportunities For Apologists

Apologists

There has been a great increase in the number of Christians who are interested in apologetics. I think this is a good thing. I have encountered a number of new and extremely talented apologists over […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Street Epistemology: Why? – Mark McGee Did Saul change his name for Paul? – Miguel Rodríguez Rivera Do Cavemen And Dinosaurs Fit Into The Bible? God, […]

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Top Ten Apologetics Blogs – Feb. 2018

Apologetics Blogs

There are some great apologetics blogs out there, both single and multi-author blogs. I have compiled a list of the top ten in each category. I use the Alexa ranking to determine who makes the […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts you might find interesting. 5 Regrets You Don’t Want to Have If Your Kids Walk Away from Faith – Natasha Crain Book Plunge: The Path of Intimacy – Nick Peters […]

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Who is the Woman in Revelation 12?

Revelation

Revelation is at the same time both one of the most interesting and most confusing books in the Bible. The confusion doesn’t mean that we should lose interest. One of the questions that comes up […]

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Evidence That Demands a Verdict – Review

Evidence That Demands a Verdict

One of the first books on apologetics that I ever read was the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict. That book totally blew me away. I had come out of a number of years as […]

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Thoughts on Theistic Evolution

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most controversial topics among Christians is the role of evolution, if any, in the creation of humanity. I’m not referring to debates between Christians and non-Christians, but disagreements among people in the […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. High School Students Have Questions – Ryan Pauly Are Religious Discussions Important? – Brian Chilton Did the Church Fathers […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. Are You Guilty of This Common Apologetic Error? – Tom Gilson Raising Your Kids for Christ – Chad Gross Faith, Hope, Love, & Climate Change […]

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Why I Continue to Hold to Inerrancy

Inerrancy

James Bishop is a thoughtful blogger who frequently writes on issues touching on theology, apologetics and biblical studies, I frequently link to his posts in my Midweek Apologetics Roundups. James recently wrote a thought-proving post […]

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Lectures on the Synoptic Gospels

Synoptic Gospels

I’m thankful for the opportunities that I have to teach at Tyndale University College. My most recent course was on Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels. This one of my favourite courses to teach. I recorded […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across and that are worth checking out. Is Faith Just a Feeling? – Tim Barnett 5 Myths of Higher Education and Peer Review – Steve Schramm What […]

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Being a Consistent Darwinist

Darwinist

The other day I saw a car with two adornments. One was a Darwin fish, a poke at the Jesus fish by adding legs and including “Darwin” rather than “Jesus.” The other was a Coexist […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I have come across. Go and check them out. Did Neanderthals Make Glue? – Fazale Rana 9 Facts About Exorcism & Demonic Possession – James Bishop New “Jesus Among Secular […]

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Views on Human Origins

Human Origins

I recently did a Twitter poll on people’s beliefs on human origins. Here are the results. What is your view of human origins? — Stephen Bedard (@SJBedard) January 6, 2018 Obviously the numbers are not […]

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Is Jesus Like God or is God Like Jesus?

Jesus

Although I agree that Jesus is God (John 1:1), I have something specific in mind when I ask if Jesus is like God or God like Jesus. Traditionally, people have looked at Jesus and identified […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. How Christians Can Take Back Their Minds – Douglas Grouthius Some Proteins Act Almost Like Humans – Discovery Institute Deliver Me From Evil: Demonic Exorcism […]

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Love Thy Body – Review

Love Thy Body

What are the most controversial issues facing society today? In addition to long-time debates about abortion and casual sex, there is an increase in discussions about euthanasia, as well as an almost total reversal in […]

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Jesus Mythicist Discovers His Own Nonexistence

Apologetics and Theology

Please note that the following article is satire. While studying online articles about the Jesus Myth, Philipp Bullocks of Buffalo, NY, came to a startling conclusion. The Jesus Myth (aka Christ Myth) claims that Jesus […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across. Truth in the Story of Christmas – John Dickson The Connection Between Christmas and Hanukkah – Misty Callahan Christmas is Christmas Because Jesus is God – […]

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Unimaginable – Review

Apologetics and Theology

Would our world be better off without Christianity? John Lennon, in his song Imagine, asks us to consider a world without religion and the peace and prosperity that would result. The New Atheism, in much […]

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Richard Carrier is an Apologist

Richard Carrier

Richard Carrier has recently had an ongoing debate with New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado. I have not been following the debate because frankly I don’t care. Plus, I find that Carrier just gets nasty and […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. Does “Jesus” Actually Mean, “Hail, Zeus?” – Chad Gross Can Robots Become Human? – Rosalind Picardand Michael Littman J.P. Moreland asks: does truth matter when […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Go and check them out. Responding to an Old Earth Argument: Are the Days in Genesis Actually Long Ages? – Steve Schramm Alarmist evangelical apologetics […]

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Ravi Zacharias, Credentials and Perspective

Ravi Zacharias

I have already blogged about the controversy over Ravi Zacharias and the exaggeration of his credentials. To be honest, I think that RZIM was simply sloppy and careless about this and they should have known […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts you might find interesting. Confronting Questions-with complications from concussions – Alison DeLong If Evolution Is True, Our Cognitive Faculties Cannot Be Trusted & Atheism Cannot Be Rationally Held – James […]

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What We Can Learn From the Ravi Zacharias Credential Controversy

Ravi Zacharias

First, I want to say I have the utmost respect for Ravi Zacharias. He has done much good for both Christian apologetics and the kingdom of God in general. Unfortunately, Ravi has recently been involved […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

These are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. The Burden of Super Hearing – Joshua Beck Review of Bertrand Russell’s Lecture “Why I am not a Christian” […]

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The Jesus Myth and How Scholars Almost Failed the Church

Apologetics and Theology

The first book that I ever wrote was co-written with Stanley Porter. It was called Unmasking the Pagan Christ and it was written in response the the Jesus Myth, the theory that Jesus never existed […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. Awesome Nanomachines Keep You Functioning – Discovery Institute Developing An Apologetic That Works – Mark McGee The Relationship between […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should go check out. Hope in the Face of Death Is a Sign That Christianity Is True – Misty Callahan Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical “Arabic Gospel […]

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Does a Non-Historical Adam Remove the Need For Jesus?

Adam

One of the current conversations even among evangelicals, is the historicity of Adam and Eve.While young earth creations might never question the existence, many theistic evolutions (or evolutionary creationists) would question that Adam was a […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Does Christianity need a resurrected Jesus? – Randal Rauser William Lane Craig explains how to structure a conversation with an atheist – Wintery Knight […]

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The A.P.O.L.O.G.E.T.I.C.S. of Apologetics

Apologetics

Apologetics is much more than simply defending the faith. To try and flesh out the fullness of apologetics, I will use APOLOGETICS as an acronym. Applicable Apologetics shouldn’t just be about the pet interests of […]

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What’s So Confusing About Grace? – Review

Apologetics and Theology

Randal Rauser is one of the most intriguing Christian authors that I have read. I have read a number of his books. I will admit that generally my reactions to Rauser’s ideas move back and […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Go and check them out. Is Happiness A Good Test for Truth? – Sean McDowell Is Christianity Dying? – Andy Bannister Should Enoch Be Included […]

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Thoughts and Prayers on Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers

I have observed a lot of criticism recently towards those who offer “thoughts and prayers” after a natural disaster or act of violence. People have said such things for years but recently some have lost […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should go check out. Talking with Your Kids about God – Empowering – Tim Arndt Responding to the objection by Christians who say “I don’t need any evidence […]

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5 Ways to Include Apologetics in Youth Ministry

Apologetics

I started my pastoral ministry as a youth pastor. My first five years as a pastor was in the area of youth ministry. Looking back, it was probably some of the most challenging experiences. At […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. Evil, Morality, and the Most Important Issue for Apologists – Misty Callahan Evil as Evidence for God’s Existence – Chad Gross The Importance of an Open […]

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Sound Reasoning and the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Perseus Poku of Sound Reasoning Ministries on the subject of the Jesus Myth. The Jesus Myth is one of my main areas of research and it is always […]

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5 Reasons Why I Blog About Apologetics

Apologetics

A number of years ago I started an apologetics blog called Apologia. While that particular blog site no longer exists, the posts from that blog can be found on this site. But why would I […]

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Top Ten Apologetics Blogs – October 2017

Apologetics Blogs

I have been compiling lists of apologetics blogs for some time and ranking them according to their Alexa score. The top ten list has been changing as my master list has grown. One of the […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-relates posts I came across this week. Go and check them out. How Science Led A World Leading Astronomer, Allan Sandage, To God – James Bishop 12 Reasons You Should Think Deeply […]

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A Biblical Image For How Apologetics Helps Build the Church

Apologetics

Christians are divided on the role of Christian apologetics and its usefulness. While some are convinced of the importance of apologetics, others see it as a distraction from “real” ministry. I see apologetics as having […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you might appreciate. Atheist Delivers Powerful Testimony Of Coming To Believe Life Has No Purpose – James Bishop Joseph Campbell Is Outdated & Irrelevant – J. P. Holding What […]

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