Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Year in Review: Apologetics 315

This year has flown by, and it's time to review what has happened on Apologetics 315 during 2012. Once again this year saw over one million page views and over half a million visits by over a quarter of a million people all over the globe. Thanks for being one of them!

This year I interviewed 44 guests for the Apologetics 315 Interviews podcast. (I listed them here.) I enjoy all the interviews, but some of my favorites this year included Ravi Zacharias, New Testament scholar Daniel B. Wallace, philosopher Richard Swinburne, Navy SEAL Chad Williams, theologian Michael Patton, and philosopher Robin Collins, to name a few.

This year we began a project to transcribe of the over 150 apologetics interviews. This is going well with the help of faithful volunteers and a bit of funding. These transcripts can be found here.

In 2012 we finished our first Read Along Project. It was a chapter by chapter study of Douglas Groothuis' Christian Apologetics textbook. It was a great success, and so we did another Read Along with Apologetics 315 project. This was for Sean McDowell & Jonathan Morrow's excellent book Is God Just a Human Invention? This was the second read-along project. 2013 promises another... stay tuned.

Every Sunday this year we featured an apologetics-oriented quote. It's always interesting to see the discussions that one quote can start!

The second day of every week continues to be Terminology Tuesday. This started out a couple years ago and was meant to be a short, ten-part series. But it became popular, and I believe this is a useful tool to help emphasize the importance of understanding and defining the terms that we use in apologetics.

People continue to leave comments about the Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links. Apparently, this is a favorite day of the week for many people, as Apologetics 315 features the week's best links to great posts and resources.

In case you didn't realize it, all the Bonus Links are all drip-fed through the Ap315 Twitter Feed throughout the week. It's a good thing to follow, because sometimes I feature free books available on Kindle.

If you don't prefer the chatter of Twitter, you can get daily updates on the Facebook Page. If you're not yet a follower on Facebook, please follow. This helps others find apologetics resources who might not be aware of Apologetics 315. I appreciate people spreading the word.

The YouTube Channel continues to gain followers. 15 videos were uploaded this year. There will be more next year, certainly. Some of the most-viewed videos include Tim McGrew's great series on the Gospels and their reliability.

Debates are a regular feature. This year Apologetics 315 featured the following 18 debates' audio and/or video:
William Lane Craig & Peter S. Williams vs Arif Ahmed & Andrew Copson
Michael Licona vs Shane Puckett
Craig Evans vs Bart Ehrman
Daniel B. Wallace vs Bart Ehrman
William Lane Craig & Michael Licona vs Sakkie Spangenberg & Hansie Wolmarans
Richard Dawkins vs Rowan Williams
William Lane Craig vs Peter Atkins
William Lane Craig vs Klemens Kappel
David Robertson vs Mike Lee
William Lane Craig vs Mike Begon
Lenny Esposito vs Richard Carrier
Douglas Jacoby vs Richard Carrier
William Lane Craig vs Andrew Pyle
William Lane Craig vs Paul Kurtz
Hugh Ross vs Lewis Wolpert
• Michael Licona & Dale Martin (dialogue 1 / dialogue 2)
William Lane Craig vs Kari Enqvist

Another 2012 project was the How to Get Apologetics in Your Church 2 podcast and e-book. This project had contributions from about 20 people who have had successful apologetics groups in their local churches or campuses. Get the ebook free here. Testimonials have come in from people who have begun their own apologetics study groups because of the insights they gained from this series.

The Former Atheist Project is underway, but has been delayed in its release. I am still seeking more contributors to this upcoming project. If you are interested in contributing, please let me know.

This year Apologetics 315 reviewed 47 apologetics books. I want to say a big thank you to my review team for their hard work in reading and reviewing so many great titles. Thanks goes out to J.W. Wartick, Jay L. Wyle, Mary Lou, Latter Day Inkling, Chad Gross, Dave Jenkins, Mark Eckel, Graham Veale, Luke Nix, Holly Ordway, David Rodriguez, Chris Putnam, Brenton Cook, Eugene A. Curry, G. Kyle Essary, Chad Gibbons, Bill McCall, David Field, and Mike A. Robinson.

The Most-Visited Pages of 2012 were:
  1. The Ultimate Apologetics MP3 Audio Page
  2. The 16 Best Apologetics Podcasts
  3. Recommended Apologetics Book Directory
  4. An Apologetics Reading Plan for Beginners
  5. A Basic Logic Primer
  6. 10 Pitfalls of the Foolish Apologist
  7. Top 10 Myths About the Resurrection
  8. Christian Apologetics Blog Directory
  9. Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology Podcast
  10. Former Atheist Richard Morgan Interview
Now that list included a lot of posts that have been around for a few years. So here is the list of Top Ten New Posts for 2012:
Of course, bloggers couldn't make it without the help of other bloggers. So here's a shout out to a couple of blogging friends that I was pleased to meet up with in Michigan during the summer: Chad Gross of Truthbomb Apologetics and Wintery Knight from (I was also pleased to meet up with Dr. Timothy McGrew, hero and mentor to all apologists!) And a special thanks to the Christian Apologetics Alliance and Apologetics Bloggers Alliance, both a great source of interaction and encouragement. (By the way, I am planning on being in Michigan in July 2013, if anyone wants to meet up.)

This year Apologetics 315 has been pleased to promote the work of Tactical Faith, an organization that gets apologetics out there in a grass-roots kind of way. They call it Grassroots apologetics. If you want to support apologetics events, this is an organization to help.

I continue to head up Reasonable Faith Belfast, now in its third year. We had some great meetings during 2012, including a Skype talk by cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace, a talk by Atheism's New Clothes author David Glass, and a bunch of talks by me on a variety of topics.

I was interviewed a few times this year. One was on EIE Radio, and the other by Tim McGrew about the vision of Apologetics 315.

Apologetics 315 promoted numerous apologetics conferences in the US and in the UK. I was happy to be able to attend the Unbelievable? Conference in London and meet Ken Samples and Hugh Ross. I also contributed to the Online Apologetics Conference 2012 hosted by Athanatos Ministries.

This year Apologetics 315 received its 501(c)(3) tax-deductible status. This has been a tremendous help, and thank you to those who have donated or become supporters. Find out more about that here, as it's not too late to make end-of-year donations.

Please pray for 2013 to be another good year. God bless, and thanks for reading!
—Brian Auten

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Francis Schaeffer on Christian Relationships

‎"The Christian is to be a demonstration of the existence of God. But if we as individual Christians, and as the Church, act on less than a personal relationship to other men, where is the demonstration that God the Creator is personal? If there is no demonstration in our attitude toward other men that we really take seriously the person-to-person relationship, we might as well keep quiet."

- Francis Schaeffer
True Spirituality, p. 135.

[HT: Hope's Reason]

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Book Review: He's Greater Than You Know
by Phil Weingart

He’s Greater Than You Know by Phil Weingart explores a number of questions which often trouble doubting Christians. Weingart draws on his own experiences defending Christianity online to give a unique look at a number of questions doubting Christians have. The book opens up a number of avenues for exploration along with providing a few foundational answers for further research.

Weingart had encountered Mike—a doubting Christian—and seen the sincerity of a heart looking for truth. Weingart’s exploration with Mike of several tough questions related to Christianity led to not only a quest for truth but also insight into Weingart’s own journey of faith. For Weingart, a turning point in his life was when he realized that although the Reformers may have had great spiritual insights, “They were… in the end… only men.”[1] This realization led him to explore answers to questions about the faith unfettered by a particular ideology or interpretation. Instead, he “borrowed something from just about all of them [denominations].”[2] These reflections led him to give some unique answers to questions about the faith.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (12/21 - 12/28)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
Why celebrate Christmas?

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas from Apologetics 315!

Apologetics 315 will be taking a break the rest of this week from regular posting, and will resume blogging on Friday, December 28th with Bonus Links. In the meantime, enjoy this video.

Enjoy a Happy Christmas with family and friends.

“A man can’t always be defending the truth; there must be time to feed on it” - C.S. Lewis

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (12/14 - 12/21)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
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P46 Coming to the iPad
Richard Carrier vs Mark Goodacre
What Is the Argument from Reason?
"If Good and Evil Exist, God Exists"
Apologetics Canada Conference 2013
The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library
Fifteen Myths about Bible Translation
Should ‘Lost’ Gospels Be In The Bible?
Great gift book: "The Very First Christmas"
Why We Should Expect Witnesses to Disagree
Advanced Pro-Life Apologetics Course - Watch for Free
12 Mistakes for Christmas (#3 Mythtaking Miracles for Mythology)
Truth Matters Apologetics Conference: January 19, Georgetown, TX
“In the beginning”...bringing the scrolls of Genesis and the Ten Commandments online
Do The Genealogies Of Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38 Validate Jesus As The Messiah?
• Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father's Questions about Christianity FREE on Kindle

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

End of Year Support Request

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Historian Paul L. Maier Interview Transcript

The following transcript is from an Apologetics 315 interview with Paul L. Maier. Original audio here. If you enjoy transcripts, please consider supporting, which makes this possible.

BA: Hello, this is Brian Auten of Apologetics 315. Today I interview Historian Paul Maier. Dr. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, and much published author of both scholarly and popular works. His historical studies are in Ancient Near East, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Christianity and the Roman Empire, and the Reformation era. His scholarly works include Josephus, The Essential Works, that’s a new translation and commentary on writings of the 1st century Jewish historian, and Eusebius: The Church History. And that’s a similar book on the first Christian historian. He has also authored a number of books on Christmas and Easter including, In the Fullness of Time: A Historian looks at Christmas, Easter and the Early Church, The Very First Christmas, and The Very First Easter.

I'm interested in speaking with Dr. Maier today about the historicity of Jesus and the first Christmas. Well, thanks for speaking with me today Dr. Maier. 

PLM: Glad to be on with you Brian.

BA: Now, before we get started talking about historical issues could you tell me a little bit more about your background as a historian?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Terminology Tuesday: Wager Argument

Wager Argument: An argument developed by Blaise Pascal that urges an unbeliever to attempt to develop faith in God even if the evidence for God's existence is not decisive. Pascal compared belief and unbelief in God to a wager and pointed the potential gains and losses each bet holds. If some bet on God and are wrong, they will lose only the paltry pleasure from some sins in this life that they might have enjoyed. If others bet on God and are right, however they stand to gain eternal bliss. The potential gains and losses are thus staggeringly disproportionate, and Pascal urged the unbeliever to pray, attend Mass and do whatever else may be necessary to develop faith.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 122.

Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 Apologetics Interviews

In 2012, Apologetics 315 did interviews with 44 apologists from a variety of backgrounds and fields. These included New Testament scholars, professors, historians, philosophers, artists, pastors, and even a Navy SEAL. There are now 150 interviews in the Apologetics315 Interviews Podcast. Here's a listing a brief topical note for each of the interviews from 2012:

Daniel B. Wallace on NT manuscripts
Interview: Casey Luskin on Intelligent Design
Interview with Apologetics UK on apologetics
Scholar Interview: Peter J. Williams on NT and Gospels
Scholar Interview: Craig Keener on Miracles
Apologist Interview: Holly Ordway on Literary apologetics
Apologist Interview: Ken Boa on learning and devotion
Apologist Interview: Ravi Zacharias on Why Jesus?
Tom Price and Vince Vitale on the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics 
Theology Interview: C. Michael Patton on theology and apologetics
Scholar Interview: David Instone-Brewer on Jesus Scandals
Apologist Interview: Dan Story on apologetics and environmentalism
Apologist Interview: Vocab Malone on rap, apologetics and evangelism
Philosopher Interview: Robin Collins on fine-tuning
Philosopher Interview: R. Scott Smith on naturalism
Navy SEAL: Chad Williams Interview on evangelism
Apologist Interview: Kenneth Samples on 7 truths that changed the world
Apologist Interview: Phil Fernandes on apologetic methodology
Apologist Interview: John Mark Reynolds on apologetics and HBU
Apologist Interview: Bobby Gilpin on Mormonism
Philosopher Interview: Victor Reppert on the argument from reason
Interview: Thomas E. Woodward on the history of intelligent design
Author Interview: David Glass on atheism's new clothes
Philosopher Interview: Richard Swinburne on evil and God's existence
Apologist Interview: Alex McFarland (part 1) (part 2) on apologetics
Apologist Interview: Dave Sterrett on apologetics & evangelism
Apologist Interview: Ted Turnau on pop culture & apologetics
Apologist Interview: Doug Powell on creativity & apologetics
Apologist Interview: Bobby Conway on multimedia & church apologetics
Apologist Interview: Ranald Macauley on Francis Schaeffer
Apologist Interview: Michael J. Kruger on the NT canon
Apologist Interview: Kerby Anderson on apologetics & training
Apologist Interview: Francis Beckwith on politics
Apologist Interview: Craig Parton on a lawyer's approach to apologetics
Apologist Interview: K. Scott Oliphint on presuppositionalism
Apologist Interview: Douglas Wilson on debates, method & apologetics
Apologist Interview: David Marshall on apologetics & missions
Author Interview: Paul Buller on conversations and interaction
Apologist Interview: Mary Jo Sharp on women in apologetics
Scholar Interview: Louis Markos on literary apologetics; Tolkien and Lewis
Philosopher Interview: Chad Meister on philosophy & apologetics
Apologist Interview: Douglas Jacoby on apologetics & Bible reliability

What other interviews would you like to hear? Or perhaps there's a topic you'd like an interview to address next year. Just let me know in the comments below. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your support.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Morris Bender on Skepticism

"A skeptic is a person who, when he sees the handwriting on the wall, claims it is a forgery."

- Morris Bender

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Book Review: Not God's Type by Holly Ordway

Dr. Holly Ordway is a poet, academic, and Christian apologist on the faculty of Houston Baptist University’s MA in Apologetics program, which focuses on cultural apologetics. She has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She is also passionate about the truth. This is apparent in her book, Not God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith, in which she shares her remarkable journey from atheism to Christianity.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (12/07 - 12/14)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
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12 Mistakes for Christmas

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Norman Geisler Interview Transcript

The following transcript is from an Apologetics 315 interview with Norman Geisler. Original audio here. If you enjoy transcripts, please consider supporting, which makes this possible.

BA: Hello, this is Brian Auten of Apologetics315. Today’s interview is with apologist Norman Geisler. Dr. Geisler is the author, or co-author, of some seventy books and hundreds of articles. He’s taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for fifty years. He has spoken or debated, in some twenty six countries, on six continents. He has a BA, MA, ThB, and Phd in Philosophy, and he’s taught at seminaries in the Unites States including, Trinity Evangelical, and Dallas Seminary. Currently, he’s the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary at Murrieta, California. The purpose of this interview is to learn more from Dr. Geisler’s experience as a defender of the faith. Thanks for joining me today, Dr. Geisler.

NG: It’s a pleasure to be with you.

BA: Well, first off, I want to acknowledge the impact that you’ve had on so many in the area of defending the faith. And, your years of faithfulness in this area I’m sure has influenced many people to both understand the faith more and learn how to defend it. So, thank you.

NG: Well, you’re welcome, it’s a privilege to serve.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

10 Misconceptions About the NT Canon by Michael Kruger

New Testament scholar Michael J. Kruger has been working through a blog series entitled 10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon. This series exams some common beliefs out there in the academic (and lay-level) communities that prove to be problematic upon closer examination. Here is the complete list of posts over at his blog Canon Fodder. Check out his book Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books for more. Hear the interview with Michael Kruger here.
  1. The Term “Canon” Can Only Refer to a Fixed, Closed List of Books
  2. Nothing in Early Christianity Dictated That There Would be a Canon
  3. The New Testament Authors Did Not Think They Were Writing Scripture
  4. New Testament Books Were Not Regarded as Scriptural Until Around 200 A.D.
  5. Early Christians Disagreed Widely over the Books Which Made It into the Canon
  6. In the Early Stages, Apocryphal Books Were as Popular as the Canonical Books
  7. Christians Had No Basis to Distinguish Heresy from Orthodoxy Until the Fourth Century
  8. Early Christianity was an Oral Religion and Therefore Would Have Resisted Writing Things Down
  9. The Canonical Gospels Were Certainly Not Written by the Individuals Named in Their Titles
  10. Athanasius’ Festal Letter (367 A.D.) is the First Complete List of New Testament Books

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Saddleback's Apologetics Weekend on Creation

The following audio and video resource is from Saddleback's recent Ahmanson Lecture Series on Creation, which took place on November 24 & 25, 2012. The media page has all the content, but quick links are below. Past apologetics weekend archives for 2009, 2010, and 2011 can be found at Saddleback's page here.

Paul A. Nelson: Darwin or Design? MP3 | Video
Lee Strobel: The Case for a Creator MP3 | Video
Craig Hazen: the Intersection of Science and Faith MP3 | Video
Raymond Bohlin: How Biology Points Toward God MP3 | Video
John Bloom: How the Universe Points Toward a Creator MP3 | Video


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Terminology Tuesday: Teleological Argument

Teleological Argument: An argument for the existence of God that takes as its starting point the purposive (teleological) character of the universe. The argument is often termed "the argument from design" and comes in many different versions. This argument was quite popular in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but many atheists believe it has been discredited by Darwinism. Philosophers of religion such as Richard Swinburne, however, have developed versions of the argument that are compatible with Darwinism.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 113.

Monday, December 10, 2012

J. Warner Wallace Lectures on Evidence for Christianity

Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace, and author of Cold-Case Christianity, presented this lecture via Skype at Reasonable Faith Belfast on Monday, 3rd December 2012. He talks about the nature of evidence, possibility and reason, the chain of custody for the New Testament documents, and much more. The lecture is about an hour (with great visuals), followed by about 30 minutes of Q&A. Watch the video on YouTube, or download the MP3 audio here. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Richard Graves on the Authenticity and
Genuineness of the Epistles of Paul

"It may not, perhaps, be useless to my younger readers to observe on this part of my subject, that the very circumstances which contribute to this species of obscurity in the epistles [of Paul], form at the same time the strongest internal proofs of the genuineness of these compositions, and of the truth of all the transactions on which the proof of Christianity depends.

Such a variety of references to particular times, and places, and persons; and above all, appeals to individuals as to facts which they knew, and conversations they had heard, answers evidently given to letters that had been received, and inquiries that had been made; appeals and answers, such as would be clear and intelligible, if we suppose the facts alluded to real, and these letters to have been before the writer of the epistles, and these inquiries to have been made, but which could have no conceivable object or meaning otherwise—such particulars never find place in the artful texture of forged and fictitious compositions. These always avoid unnecessary references to circumstances, which would only make their detection easy and certain; they deliver their doctrines unconnected with facts; they guard as much as possible against objection; they every where betray marks of reserve and caution, of artifice and design.

Far different are the epistles of St. Paul: every line of them speaks the language of a man intent on present, real, urgent business, addressing others equally engaged in the same transactions, and anxious to influence, and to direct them in some particular mode of conduct. In a word, we see in the epistles of this great apostle nothing of the fictions of imposture, nothing of the visions of fanaticism; every thing bespeaks reality and truth."

—Richard Graves

Essay on the Character of the Apostles and Evangelists, in Richard Hastings Graves, ed., The Whole Works of Richard Graves, vol. 1 (Dublin: William Curry Jun. and Co., 1840), pp. 116-17.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Book Review: Jesus and the Eyewitness
by Richard Bauckham

Can we trust the Gospels? Did reliable eyewitnesses pen them? In our search for the “historical Jesus”, should we consider them accurate sources?

At one point in time, these questions would never have been asked. The historicity of Jesus was taken for granted as was the reliability of the accounts of his life. Thanks largely to the rise of form criticism and theologians such as Rudolph Bultmann, the Gospels came to be doubted. Today, in our post-modern culture in which all historical information is considered suspect, we are faced with having to defend the Bible and the fact that Jesus did indeed walk this earth. This task is made easier by scholars such as Richard Bauckham who has delved into the issue of the dependability of the Gospels in his book Jesus and the Eyewitnesses.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (11/30 - 12/07)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
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The No True Atheist Fallacy

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Is God Just a Human Invention?

If you haven't read Is God Just a Human Invention? by Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow, now it the time to pick up the book. The Kindle version is only $2.99 for a limited time. Pick it up and use it for your own apologetics study: Read Along with Apologetics315 is a weekly chapter-by-chapter study through Is God Just a Human Invention? and Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists by Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow. This is a chapter index for the study, pick up the book and delve into a great resource!

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Series Introduction (includes link to authors interview)
Chapter 1: Is Faith Irrational?
Chapter 2: Are Science and Christianity at Odds?
Chapter 3: Are Miracles Possible?
Chapter 4: Is Darwinian Evolution the Only Game in Town?
Chapter 5: How Did the Universe Begin?
Chapter 6: How Did Life Begin?
Chapter 7: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life?
Chapter 8: Has Science Shown There is No Soul?
Chapter 9: Is God Just a Human Invention?
Chapter 10: Is Religion Dangerous?
Chapter 11: Does God Intend for Us to Keep Slaves?
Chapter 12: Is Hell a Divine Torture Chamber?
Chapter 13: Is God a Genocidal Bully?
Chapter 14: Is Christianity the Cause of Dangerous Sexual Repression?
Chapter 15: Can People Be Good Without God?
Chapter 16: Is Evil Only a Problem for Christians?
Chapter 17: What Good Is Christianity?
Chapter 18: Why Jesus Instead of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Enjoy reading along.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Book GiveAway: Jesus iWitness & Resurrection iWitness

Resurrection iWitness by Doug Powell is a book on the resurrection like no other. First, its dimensions make it a foot tall and ten inches wide. This is like a one-inch thick coffee table book, containing 32 pages chock-full of color graphics and text on the resurrection of Jesus. Powell's background as a graphic designer and Christian apologist combine to make this into a very engaging interactive book—practically every page has fold-out notes, maps, diagrams, and other pieces of evidence that build the historical case for the resurrection of Jesus. Here's a video demo.

This is exactly the kind of format that can be appealing and engaging for those not particularly turned on by the idea of text-dense, academic works of apologetics. And this was the experience with this book in my own "field-testing"—it was laid on the desk and nothing was said about it. But it was soon picked up, "wowed over", paged through, and the comments were along the lines of, "this is a great book!"

So if you are looking for a visually engaging way to learn, interact, or share the historical case for the resurrection of Jesus, or a Great Christmas Gift, you might consider Doug Powell's Resurrection iWitness. (And there's even an iPad app version!) And the second book in the series is Jesus iWitness, with the same format, but Jesus iWitness takes you on a visually immersive, interactive tour of his earthly life using vintage photographs of the Holy Land along with richly colored historical paintings

The book winners were Ryan and Dewayne. Congratulations!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Craig Blomberg Interview Transcript

The following transcript is from an Apologetics 315 interview with Craig Blomberg. Original audio here. If you enjoy transcripts, please consider supporting, which makes this possible.

BA: Hello, this is Brian Auten of Apologetics315. Today I am speaking with New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Colorado. Blomberg has written on a diverse range of issues, including wealth and poverty, parables, eschatology, hermeneutics, and women in ministry. However, his academic work has tended to focus on the historical Jesus and gospels research. And so the purpose of this interview is to ask Professor Blomberg questions surrounding the reliability of the gospels, and how the Christian apologist can best defend them. Thanks for joining me today, Dr. Blomberg.

CB: You’re very welcome, thanks for having me.

BA: Now Dr. Blomberg, your area of specialty is in New Testament studies, and one of your most renowned books, written over twenty years ago, is The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. So, I’d like to ask you questions surrounding the reliability of the gospels, but before I do, can you tell me a bit about how you got into this field of study?

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Terminology Tuesday: Contingency

Contingency: A characteristic of finite things that exist but do not exist necessarily. Those who support the cosmological argument believe that the contingency of the natural order shows that it must have its ground of existence outside itself and that the ultimate ground for the existence of contingent things must be a being whose existence is not contingent but necessary -- a being identifiable as God. 1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 113.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Apologist Interview: Douglas Jacoby

Today's interview is with apologist Douglas Jacoby. He talks about his background and ministry, the importance of apologetics and training, being widely read, common objections to the Bible, building a case for Bible reliability, archaeology evidence and the Bible, touring the Holy Land, where the Bible gets its authority, knowing through experience, objections based in the disagreement amongst Christians, the benefit of formal debates, his debate with Robert M. Price, the role of rhetoric on both side of the engagement, advice for better communication, being a good reader, advice for apologists, and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (40 min)

Books by Douglas Jacoby include:
• Compelling Evidence for God and the Bible: Finding Truth in an Age of Doubt

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Sunday, December 02, 2012

G. K. Chesterton on Atheism

"If there were no God there would be no atheists."

- G. K. Chesterton
Where All Roads Lead, London 1922

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Book Review: Was Jesus God? by Richard Swinburne

In Was Jesus God? Richard Swinburne presents a unique cumulative case for Jesus as God incarnate. The case can be seen as linking together the answers to the following questions: (1) Why think there is a God? (2) What might we expect God to do in response to evil and suffering? (3) Do we have evidence that God has made a response?

Why think there is a God? Swinburne presents the barest outline of his arguments for God’s existence and refers the reader to other books[1] for arguments leading to the conclusion that a divine person exists. He notes however that his arguments from natural theology yield only the conclusion that God the Father exists. Christianity, of course, posits that the Godhead is triune. Swinburne then presents an ingenious argument suggesting that because God the Father is a perfectly good being, there would be two other divine persons.[2] He notes that if his argument is correct, then the existence of two further divine persons is a necessary consequence of God’s essentially good nature. Therefore, Christian theism cannot be accused of violating Ockham’s Razor. In any case, the doctrine of the Trinity has been consistently and almost universally expounded by the Apostolic Church, which (as he will later argue) serves to further underwrite its plausibility.

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