Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Terminology Tuesday: Coherentism

Coherentism: An epistemological theory holding that the justification for beliefs consists in the relations among the beliefs. A coherentist thus typically denies that there are any special propositions that are basic or foundational. Rather, the structure of beliefs is like a web in which some beliefs are more central than others but in which some beliefs give mutual support to others as part of a network. More radical forms of coherentism not only adopt a coherentist account of justification but also a coherentist account of truth, in which true propositions are those that would be part of an ideally coherent system of beliefs.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 24.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Apologist Interview: Norman Geisler

Today's interview is with apologist Norman Geisler, Distinguished Professor of Apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary and author of over 70 books. He answers a variety of questions and topics: how he got into apologetics, his greatest influences on his own thinking, the change on the apologetics landscape in the past decades, his suggested required reading for all apologists, the kinds of arguments he has encountered and how they have affected him, advice for studying arguments, the growth of apologetics in the church, the top three topics to focus on, skills apologists should develop, pitfalls to avoid, areas that should be strengthened, the necessity of theology, what he feels the strongest argument is for God's existence, learning from those who disagree, one's prayer life and integrity, favorite illustrations, advice for studying in the field, and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (44 min)

Books by Dr. Geisler include:
Christian Apologetics
• Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
• I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
• If God, Why Evil?
• Conversational Evangelism
• Christian Ethics: Contemporary Issues and Options

You may also enjoy An Apologetic for Apologetics (article) by Dr. Geisler.

Enjoy.
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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Quote: Thomas Aquinas on Hell

“The magnitude of the punishment matches the magnitude of the sin. Now a sin that is against God is infinite; the higher the person against whom it is committed, the graver the sin—it is more criminal to strike a head of state than a private citizen—and God is of infinite greatness. Therefore an infinite punishment is deserved for a sin committed against Him.”

- Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Ia2ae. 87, 4.
[HT: Groothuis]

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Review: Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah's Witnesses by Ron Rhodes

Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's WitnessesReasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah’s Witnesses by Ron Rhodes is an in-depth analysis and critique of the major beliefs and doctrines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Whereas the author’s other book, The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Jehovah’s Witness (reviewed here), is designed to be a concise outline and quick critique of the JWs, this book is a very detailed work of 458 pages. This review will offer an outline of the topics covered.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/20- 05/27)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
Free on Kindle! "Welcome to College"
Praxman and Ditchkins on Science (video)
"In The Beginning" Conference - June 15-18 
Quote: G.K. Chesterton on Philosophy
Atheism and the Denial of Freedom
Review of Historical Jesus: Five Views
Three Essential Elements of Everyday Apologetics
Forged! Bart Erhman’s Disengenuous Allegations
Are the terms Christian and Freethinker an oxymoron?
Robin Collins explains two examples of fine-tuning
ID critics do not read ID books before reviewing them
Review of The History of Apologetics (Ken Samples)
What are the arguments for the historical fact of the empty tomb?
William Lane Craig discusses debate with Lawrence Krauss (pt 2) MP3
• New Book: Actuality, Possibility and Worlds by Alexander Pruss

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Fallacy Friday: Denying the Antecedent

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:
Denying the Antecedent (text | MP3)
Enjoy.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Evidences the Gospels were Based on Eyewitness Accounts

In this talk provided by Lanier Theological Library, Dr. Peter J. Williams presents New Evidences the Gospels were Based on Eyewitness Accounts. As well as answering some common objections (by the likes of Bart Ehrman), Williams points out a number of lines of evidence that build a case for eyewitness accounts. (Includes some undesigned coincidences.) Check out the video (with powerpoint slides) on vimeo here. Or listen to the audio below. Featured at the excellent BeThinking website.

Full MP3 Audio here. (1 hr)

Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Featured Podcast: Discourse

Today's featured podcast is Discourse. In this podcast, BreakPoint's Stephen Reed discusses Christian worldview with a variety of guests. Past interviews include Dr. J. Budziszewski (MP3), Dr. Timothy Keller (MP3), Norman Geisler (MP3), John Stonestreet & Chuck Colson (MP3), and more. A good podcast to add to your your worldview and apologetics playlist.

Subscribe to Discourse:
iTunes | RSS Feed | one-click

Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Terminology Tuesday: Egoism

Egoism: The theory that humans do or should seek only their own individual happiness. Psychological egoism holds that as a matter of fact people seek always and only their own good. Moral egoism holds that it is right or good that humans should act in this way. Ayn Rand's novels provide a dramatic illustration and defense of egoism. Traditional Christian teaching, in contrast, has condemned universal egoism as a form of sinful selfishness, to be distinguished from a proper regard for one's self and its needs.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 38.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Apologist Interview: Mike Felker

Today's interview is with Mike Felker. Mike blogs on apologetics at TheApologeticFront, with an emphasis on interacting with Jehovah's Witnesses. He talks about his background, the overall belief system of JWs, The Watchtower Society, their various teachings regarding salvation, the afterlife, Jesus, the trinity, etc. He also discusses strategies for interaction including what to focus on and what to avoid. You might also enjoy Mike's interview on the Theopologetics podcast at this link. Mike's video channels on Youtube are here and here.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (1hr)

Enjoy.

Books recommended by Mike for dealing with Jehovah's Witnesses:
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Quote: C.S. Lewis on Miracles

"Those who assume that miracles cannot happen are merely wasting their time by looking into the texts: we know in advance what results they will find for they have begun by begging the question."

- C.S. Lewis

Miracles (New York: Macmillan, 1947, 1978), p. 4.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book Review: The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Jehovah's Witness by Ron Rhodes

The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Jehovah's WitnessThe 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Jehovah’s Witness by Ron Rhodes is a small and concise guide to understanding and engaging with the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This book is ten chapters, 128 pages, and helpfully structured in a way for the novice to quickly assimilate the information. This includes bulleted summaries, icons for key ideas and tips, and quick chapter-end reviews of the content.

When it comes to books dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses, Ron Rhodes has written two: one is the lighter “beginner version” (this one) and the other is the in-depth book with a fuller treatment and analysis (Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah’s Witnesses). Both are helpful, but for those looking for the quick-reference intro, The 10 Most Important Things… is the book to start with. This review will simply outline the main ideas the author suggests are the most important.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/13- 05/20)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
The Reasonable Faith Tour 2011
Ratio Christi Apologetics Clubs
Atheists believe in One Less God?
The embarrassing truth about Richard Dawkins
Will Richard Dawkins debate William Lane Craig?
We must prepare the next generation to defend the faith
A Summary of What the Bible Teaches About Hell
Has Christianity held back the progress of science?
Interviews with some of today's leading Apologists
 • Literary Apologetics Reading List: Mystery Novels
• Currently Reading: 'Existential Reasons for Belief in God'
Michael Brown and Eric Smaw debate: should same-sex marriage be legal?
A Review of A Queer Thing Happened to America. By Michael L. Brown
Review: A History of Apologetics by Avery Cardinal Dulles, Part 1
Bradley Monton: Behe’s irreducible complexity is not a “God of the gaps” argument
Bacterial Flagellum Structure Stacks the Case for Intelligent Design
What is Behind the Terminological Mischief of the 'Negative Atheists'?
Good tips for engaging Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons
False Prophets and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (MP3)

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Fallacy Friday: Equivocation

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: Equivocation (text | MP3)
Enjoy.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bart Ehrman’s New Testament Forgery Theory

This week on the Issues, Etc. radio program (podcast), Todd Wilken interviewed Bart Ehrman about his recent book Forged, in which Ehrman claims many of the New Testament documents are forgeries. Following the interview, Todd interviewed apologist John Warwick Montgomery for his critique of Ehrman's claims. Both interviews were excellent and can be found in the Issues, Etc. On Demand Archive (part 1, part 2). However, for those who would like to listen back to back without all the extra commercial breaks, listen this audio:

Interview and Critique of Bart Ehrman's Forgery Theory MP3 (73min)

Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Christian Apologetics Alliance

Today's featured site is The Christian Apologetics Alliance: a group of Christian bloggers dedicated to sharing their faith in Christ and engaging others in dialogue. The hub site is found here and includes a weekly roundup of the posts of the various group members. If you are looking for good apologetics blogs to follow, check it out. If you have an apologetics blog, contact the CAA to join the team.

Go to The Christian Apologetics Alliance blog.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Book Review: The Ambition by Lee Strobel

The Ambition: A NovelWhen you pick up Lee Strobel's latest book, you might be wondering where the words, "The Case for..." have gone. Strobel, the best-selling author and former legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, has written a number of popular non-fiction books such as The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and the list goes on. All of them have been well-received and extremely helpful books making the case for the truth of Christianity. But Strobel's newest book is a fiction novel.

Book Drawing Winners

Thanks to everyone who took part in the drawing for the apologetics books. The winners have been selected and contacted. The winners are:

David V. - Francis Schaeffer Trilogy
Daniel M. - Tactics
Phil S. - Fabricating Jesus

Congratulations!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Philosopher Interview: Paul Moser

Today's interview is with Christian philosopher Paul Moser, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He talks about his background, epistemology and evidence, his work on New Testament epistemology, the evidence for God, the role (or not) of natural theology, problems with the "two-step" approach, divine hiddenness, purposively available evidence for God, the role of human volition, authoritative evidence vs. spectator evidence, willingness and evidence, advice for Christian apologists, and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (53 min)

Moser's books include:
The Evidence for God
The Elusive God (review here)
Divine Hiddenness
Knowledge and Evidence

Enjoy.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Quote: Francis Schaeffer on Method

"I do not believe there is any one system of apologetics that meets the need of all the people, any more than I think there is any one form of evangelism that meets the need of all the people. It is to be shaped on the basis of love for the person as a person."

- Francis Schaeffer

A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1982), p. 177

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