Thursday, March 31, 2011

William Lane Craig vs. Lawrence Krauss Debate Audio

Here is the audio from the debate between William Lane Craig and Lawrence Krauss that took place on March 30, 2011 at NC State on the topic: Is There Evidence for God? For more details, and to watch video of the debate, check out the debate website here. Includes Q&A.

Full Debate MP3 Audio here (2hr 18min)

Enjoy.

This debate has been added to the William Lane Craig Debate Audio podcast feed. Get it here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Divine Command Ethics by Glenn Peoples MP3

Glenn Peoples delivers this lecture entitled: Divine Will Based Theories of Ethics. This ethical system (also known as divine command theory) ties what is morally right or wrong to the will of God, or what God commands. A very useful introduction to the topic, which also includes responses to common criticisms. Be sure to check out Glenn's podcast: Say Hello to My Little Friend (RSS / iTunes), as well as his Beretta Blog.

Full MP3 Audio here (35 min)

Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Terminology Tuesday: Virtue

Virtue: A disposition or character trait that is itself an excellence or good or that tends to lead to what is good, with moral virtues being those excellences that foster human flourishing. In ancient and medieval philosophy ethical thinking centered on the virtues - what they are, how they are related and how they are to be achieved. The medievals accepted the cardinal virtues of the ancient world (wisdom, justice, courage, temperance) and added to them the three principle Christian virtues (faith, hope and love). Both ancient and medieval thinkers tied their account of the virtues as leading to human flourishing to accounts of human nature. Recent ethical theory has seen a rediscovery of the importance of the virtues and the development of virtue theory, which holds that concepts of the virtues are basic to ethics and not reducible to claims about moral duties or what is impersonally valuable.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 121.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Interview: Alastair Noble

Today's interview is with Dr. Alastair Noble, director of the Centre for Intelligent Design in the UK. He talks about his background, how he got interested in ID, a bit about the UK organization, the reception of ID theory in the UK, responses to common objections to ID, objective criteria for design detection, why ID is not creationism, three areas where the evidence of design is indisputable, the influence of worldviews, and more.

Find the Centre for Intelligent Design UK online here. For an introduction to ID, go here.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (35 min)

Enjoy.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Quote: Albert Mohler on Science and Christianity

"Are science and Christianity friends? The answer to that is an emphatic yes, for any true science will be perfectly compatible with the truths we know by God’s revelation. But this science is not naturalistic, while modern science usually is."

- Albert Mohler

[HT RKB]

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book Review: Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias

Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian MessageJesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias addresses the uniqueness of Jesus Christ among the world religions. Its subtitle: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message. Zacharias gives the reader a complete picture of what his goal is in the introduction, namely, the testing of the truth claims of Christianity over and against world religions: “The reality is that if religion is to be treated with intellectual respect, then it must stand the test of truth, regardless of the mood of the day. This book is a defense of the uniqueness of the Christian message.” (Intro) The author’s goal is clear, as is his approach: “The route I have followed is to present a clear difference between Jesus and any other claimant to divinity or prophetic status. I have taken six questions that Jesus answered in a way that none other would have answered.” (Intro)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/18 - 03/25)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
Houston, TX apologetics event
100 Academic Commandments
An Apologetics Arsenal
Book Review: "More Than a Theory"
Naturalism Can’t Be Sure
God of the Gaps
What is Religion?
Evangelistic Tips from C. S. Lewis
Stephen Meyer in FOUR John Ankerberg online videos
Spiritual Vertigo, by Lee Strobel
Are we born to believe in God?
Is the Qur'an the Word of God?
The Bible and the Qur'an - an Historical Comparison
Sign up for Lee Strobel's "Investigating Faith" Newsletter
Master of Biblical Studies in Apologetics
How Darwin is defended, in case you wondered…
Conference: Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World
Biola Apologetics Events: March & April
What Is the Law of Non-Contradiction?
Love Wins: A Conversation on Rob Bell’s New Book
Book Critique: Four Views On Hell
God and the Problem of Evil (video)
What Christians Can Learn From Judaism: The Shtiebel
Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist
The Four Gospels: Do We Have Now What They Wrote Then? (Peter S Williams MP3)

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Fallacy Friday: The Straw Man

The Fallacy Friday Podcast is the weekly audio version of Matthew Flannagan's Fallacy Friday posts over at the MandM blog. Apologetics315 is producing the audio version, released every Friday as well. Subscribe using:
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Today's episode: The Straw Man (text | MP3)
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Full Audio from the John Lennox NZ Tour

The excellent New Zealand based Thinking Matters apologetics website has posted links to all the audio (10 MP3s) from professor John Lennox's recent NZ tour. The topics deal with the issues of suffering and the sovereignty of God, Stephen Hawking, science and faith. Check out the lectures and links to individual downloads at Thinking Matters here.

For all 10 audio files, use this podcast RSS feed:
John Lennox NZ podcast feed RSS
• or 1-click batch download.

Enjoy.

You may also be interested in checking out Lennox's new book: God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Jay Smith & Khalil Meek Debate: The Bible or the Qur'an?

Jay Smith debates Khalil Meek on the topic: Which Way America: The Bible or the Qur’an? Held on March 17, 2011 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, this debate centered on the trustworthiness and implications of world views based upon the Christian Scriptures, the Bible, or the Muslim Scriptures, the Qur’an. More about the debate can be found here. A good six-point review of the debate can be found here.

Full Debate MP3 Audio (2 hrs)

Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Terminology Tuesday: Divine Foreknowledge

Divine Foreknowledge: God's knowledge of future events, including future free human choices. Some philosophers argue that since God's knowledge cannot be mistaken, and since the past cannot be changed, God's knowing future events before they occur implies that no other events could possibly occur and that free will is an illusion (the determinism viewpoint). A variety of responses to this problem have been given, including holding that since God is timeless he has no knowledge before an event but knows all things in a timeless now. Others accept Molinism, the view that God's foreknowledge and providence are linked to his middle knowledge, which is a knowledge of how free creatures would act in different circumstances. Still others limit God's foreknowledge by holding that, while omniscience includes knowing all true or false propositions, some propositions about the future are as of yet neither true nor false. And similarly, others limit divine foreknowledge by holding that, while God knows all that it is logically possible to know, it is logically impossible to have infallible prior knowledge of free decisions.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 45.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Interview: Former Atheist Richard Morgan

Today's interview is with Richard Morgan, a former atheist who found salvation in Jesus Christ. His testimony is fascinating, as part of his conversion story came about through his interactions on the Richard Dawkins website discussion boards. He has appeared on the Unbelievable? Radio program (here / MP3). He talks about his background, how he arrived at atheism, how he viewed God, his encounters on the RD forums, and his conversion to Christianity. He also offers some words of insight for Christians and atheists. You can also read about his story in this PDF.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (46 min)

Enjoy.

See also, The Dawkins Letters by David Robertson, mentioned in the interview.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Quote: Alvin Plantinga on Knowing about God

“If we don’t know that there is such a person as God, we don’t know the first thing (the most important thing) about ourselves, each other and our world. This is because… the most important truths about us and them, is that we have been created by the Lord, and utterly depend upon him for our continued existence.”

- Alvin Plantinga here in Warranted Christian Belief

Saturday, March 19, 2011

UK Event - Unbelievable: The Conference

Premier Christian Radio presents an apologetics day conference for anyone who wants help in thinking through and responding to the tough questions on faith from atheists, Muslims and those of other world views. Building on Premier's popular faith discussion show and podcast 'Unbelievable?', the conference will focus on a number of questions commonly asked by sceptics and those of other faiths.

Special guest speakers include John Lennox, David Robertson, Jay Smith, David Instone-Brewer, and Mark Roques. For more information on seminars that are being offered, go here.

Register for the May 14th London all day conference here.

Subscribe to the Unbelievable podcast here.

See you there!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/11 - 03/18)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
If there is no Hell, there is no justice.
Why is There Something Rather than Nothing? The Only Six Options
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? The Problem of Evil
Hell: Across the Spectrum of History
Does God Pose an Authority Problem for You?
Some Tips on Informal Debate
Full Audio from the John Lennox NZ Tour
A Good Review of Paul Copan's Book: Is God a Moral Monster?
Apologetics conference in Houston: Responding with Reason and Precision
Richard Dawkins: A Philosophical and Theological Lightweight? Part II
The origin of life (2 parts)
The Problem of Evil is Everyone's Problem
Alternatives to the resurrection of Jesus
Philosophy Word of the Day: Critical Realism
Is the New Testament Historically reliable?
"Four Views on Hell" book
Einstein on God
Unbelievable - Apologetics Conference May 14th 2011
Don't Tell the Creationists
Against Universalism
Greg Bahnsen's "Always Ready" now available on Kindle
Difference Between Christianity and Other Religions in a Nutshell

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Fallacy Friday: The Genetic Fallacy

The Fallacy Friday Podcast is the weekly audio version of Matthew Flannagan's Fallacy Friday posts over at the MandM blog. Apologetics315 is producing the audio version, released every Friday as well. Subscribe using:
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Today's episode: The Genetic Fallacy (text | MP3)
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Evidence for Christianity by J.P. Moreland

Dr. J.P. Moreland delivers this talk on The Evidence for Christianity. He builds a case for God's existence using three evidences, and argues for Christianity based on two evidences. You can also watch the video of this talk here. More resources by Moreland here. Books here. A short and clear lecture that you can share with others.

Full MP3 Audio here. (34 min)

Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Interview: The Problem of Hell

Mike Licona interviews Dr. Jeremy Evans of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on the topic of Hell. What is hell? What does it entail? What is the doctrine of hell? Why should anyone believe in hell? Is it literal or metaphorical? What about universalism or annihilationism? How could a loving God send people to hell? These questions and more are dealt with in this interview. A must-listen, especially in light of the release of this book. For further study, check out Four Views on Hell.

Found at 4Truth.net here, an excellent resource.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (1 hr)

Listen and share.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Terminology Tuesday: Fatalism

Fatalism: The view that whatever happens does so necessarily and that therefore human choice and effort make no difference. Critics of determinism allege that fatalism is a logical consequence of determinism, but most determinists (particularly so-called "soft determinists") reject this on the grounds that human choices do make a difference as part of the causal order. Some "hard determinists" accept the idea that whatever happens does so necessarily and claim that recognizing this truth frees a person from anxiety and leads to peace of mind.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 44.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Interview: Rick Schenker from Ratio Christi

Today's interview is with Rick Schenker, president of Ratio Christi, a Student Apologetics Alliance that strengthens the faith of Christian students at secular institutions across the country. He talks about their initiative to start 500 apologetics chapters in the next five years. If you are an apologist, please listen to this interview and see how you can get involved. Learn about Ratio Christi. Adopt a college. Apologists are needed.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (36 min)
Enjoy.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Quote: Ravi Zacharias on World Religions

"Anyone who claims that all religions are the same betrays not only an ignorance of all religions but also a caricatured view of even the best-known ones. Every religion at its core is exclusive."

- Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods, p. 7

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Conference Workshop on Creating Apologetics Media

The 2011 Online Apologetics Conference is coming April 7,8, & 9. You won't want to miss the key speakers and content (linked here) -- but some readers may also be interested in my workshop presentation. If you are a blogger, podcaster, audio or video editor, or any other sort of media person, this workshop might be for you. It is presented at 7:30 p.m. CST, Thursday April 7.

TOPIC: Tips and Secrets for Creating Apologetics Media Content

Goals of the talk: 1) to outline a vision and mandate for using various media (internet, audio, video) for apologetics purposes. 2) to inspire and equip those who feel called in some way to create and propagate apologetics content. 3) to share methods, secrets, tips, and how-to's for blogging, podcasting, making RSS feeds, audio recording and editing, graphic design, and more.

If you want to know how to do anything, send your questions in advance to apologetics315(at)gmail.com and the answers will become part of the workshop. Check out the main conference page for more.

See you there.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/04 - 03/11)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
The Ten Commandments of McAtheism
Responding to Objections to Miracles (MP3)
Rationality, Validity, and Soundness
Darwin vs. Design Event: Oklahoma City
Understanding atheism
Science and the Early Church
Duns Scotus’ Argument for a First Cause
God and Materialism Conference: April 8-9
Upcoming apologetics event in Houston
Scientists Clinging to Blind Faith for All to See
Jim Wallace and the case-making Christian
Thinking Critically About Biblical Criticism
Love Wins - A Review of Rob Bell's New Book
Gospel Tip Line: Reliability of Anonymous Reports
What Early Non-Christians Said About Christianity
Craig Venter denies common descent — Dawkins incredulous
Two debates on Christianity and history featuring Richard Bauckham
Walter Bradley explains three scientific arguments for God’s existence
How should Christians relate with the culture around them?
Student groups in Canada and the United States seek talented writers

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Fallacy Friday: Ad Hominem

The Fallacy Friday Podcast is the weekly audio version of Matthew Flannagan's Fallacy Friday posts over at the MandM blog. Apologetics315 is producing the audio version, released every Friday as well. Subscribe using:
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Today's episode: The Ad Hominem (text | MP3)
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

5 Ways to Maximize Your Audio Listening

For the Christian apologist, learning and study is crucial. The challenge is this: you don't have enough time in the day to read it all, listen to it all, or process it all. You must be discerning in what you choose, and then be able to work through it in a way that is not going to kill your productivity. For this reason, the following methods are quick tips for making the most of the overwhelming amount of resources available to Christian apologists today.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Featured Resource: The Point with John Stonestreet

The Point is radio minute and blog aimed at the the intersections of faith and life, of truth and decision, of Christ and culture, of heart and mind.
You'll find commentary on news, media, entertainment and culture from a Christian perspective.

Here is The Point
Go to The Point Blog.
Go to The Point Podcast. (RSS)
Go to The Point on Facebook.
Follow The Point on Twitter.

Hear Apologetics 315's interview with John Stonestreet here.
Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Terminology Tuesday: Universalism

Universalism: The belief that all persons will eventually be saved and thus that no one will be eternally lost. Some universalists hold that all will be saved because of the work of Christ, but some deny the unique deity of Christ and necessity of his work for salvation in favor of a pluralistic view that sees the world's religions as equally valid. Universalism should not be confused with the view that it is possible that some who do not have conscious faith in Christ in this life may be saved. It also should be distinguished from annihilationism, which holds that those who are eternally lost cease to exist altogether.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 119.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Apologist Interview: John Dickson

Today's interview is with John Dickson, Director of the Centre for Public Christianity in Australia, Senior Research Fellow in Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, and Senior Minister at St Andrew's Roseville. He talks about his background and studies in acient history, his research into the historical Jesus, The Christ Files: How Historians Know What They Know about Jesus, the data that historians use to learn about Jesus, the implausibility to the "Jesus never existed" view, his work with the Centre for Public Christianity, how Christians should get engaged in media and public Christianity, his advice to apologists, and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (40 min)

Books by John Dickson include:
• Life of Jesus: Who He Is and Why He Matters
• The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission
• The Christ Files: How Historians Know What They Know about Jesus
• A Spectator's Guide to World Religions: An Introduction to the Big Five
• If I Were God, I'd End All the Pain: Struggling with Evil, Suffering and Faith
And check out the Life Of Jesus DVD.

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sunday Quote: Pinchas Lapide on the Resurrection

"I accept the resurrection of Easter Sunday not as an invention of the community of disciples, but as a historical event. If the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on that Easter Sunday were a public event which had been made known...not only to the 530 Jewish witnesses but to the entire population, all Jews would have become followers of Jesus."

- Pinchas Lapide, Orthodox Jewish scholar, best known for his book, The Resurrection of Jesus: A Jewish Perspective

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Featured Blog: The Good Book Blog

Today's featured blog is the new The Good Book Blog, a blog by the faculty of Talbot School of Theology. With some thirty bloggers, the blog's goal is to engage with important topics in biblical studies, theology, philosophy, spiritual formation and Christian education. Topics include apologetics, theology, evangelism, ethics, church life, philosophy, and many more. It is probably worth bookmarking or subscribing to. More about the blog here.

Check it out: The Good Book BlogEnjoy.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (02/25 - 03/04)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
Careful With Your Claims
Tactics and Preparation
What Is Modus Tollens?
What Is Modus Ponens?
Habitable Zones Constrained by Tides
Dealing with Opposition to Apologetics
Paul Copan's Interaction with Richard Dawkins
Is Christianity a Psychological Crutch?
If God, Why Evil? Book Review
Has Science Disproved Christianity?
Brief Thoughts on the Gospel of Thomas
The Christ Files: The Search for the Real Jesus
Debate: William Lane Craig vs. Lawrence Krauss
• Free audiobook download: The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
JP Moreland – Naturalism and How it is Affecting Culture (video)
Resources for Learning More about Intelligent Design
Are We Really Just a Blank Slate? Albert Mohler interviews Steven Pinker (MP3)
Check out Douglas Groothuis' new apologetics textbook. Looking forward to it.
How Can We Know One Belief Selected for By Evolution is Superior to Another?
• A review of Ehrman's Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

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Fallacy Friday: Assessing Arguments

The Fallacy Friday Podcast is the weekly audio version of Matthew Flannagan's Fallacy Friday posts over at the MandM blog. Apologetics315 is producing the audio version, released every Friday as well. Subscribe using:
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Today's episode: Assessing Arguments (text | MP3)
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