Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book Review: Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case by Frank Turek

It was with great anticipation that I began reading Frank Turek’s latest book, Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case. It was just this past October I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Turek speak in Mt. Airy, MD on the topic of “Is Jesus Intolerant?” I walked away from that talk impressed with Turek’s ability to address culturally “hot button” issues with razor sharp logic coupled with winsome grace. I hoped that Turek’s book would offer more of the same and I wasn’t disappointed.

Introduction
From the very onset of the book, it is clear that Turek has the so-called “new atheists” in his crosshairs and his main contention is that “atheists are using aspects of reality to argue against God that wouldn’t exist if atheism were true. In other words, when atheists give arguments for their atheistic worldview, they are stealing from a theistic worldview to make their case. In effect, they are stealing from God in order to argue against Him.” [p. xviii]

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (02/20- 02/27)

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (02/13- 02/20)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Spiritual Life of an Apologist—MP3 by Tim McGrew and Tom Gilson

This audio is from the The Defend the Faith Conference, held January 4-9, 2015 on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The event was organized by ICA, and streamed and recorded by Tactical Faith, and had scores of lectures in apologetics and evangelism by some great apologists. (Tactical Faith past events lectures can be found here.) Watch this blog post for information on accessing all the talks from the event.

In this lecture, Tim McGrew and Tom Gilson discuss: The Spiritual Life of an Apologist.

Full Lecture MP3 Audio here (70min)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Terminology Tuesday: Supposition

Supposition: A supposition is a sentence which begins with the word 'suppose' or some synonym. For example, someone who is thinking about current experiments on genetically modified crops might say, 'suppose these experiments do risk dangerous contamination of other crops...?' Such a sentence does not commit the speaker to the view that these experiments do carry a dangerous risk; he or she is simply speculating about what would be the case IF this were so. Reasoning from such starting points is often called 'what if' reasoning. This kind of reasoning is very common in theoretical contexts. The police have to use it a good deal too, for example asking 'What if Smith really was in Amsterdam at the time of the murder...?'1

1. Alec Fisher, Critical Thinking: An Introduction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), p. 241.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Apologist Interview: Andy Bannister

Today's interview is with Andy Bannister, Canadian Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He talks about his work with RZIM, cultural and moral shifts, the Burning Questions DVD project, Short Answers to Big Questions, the most popular apologetics questions, how to be a good listener/answerer, common pitfalls when answering tough questions, dealing with emotionally charged questions, pointing questioners to Christ, and more. Lots of great insights.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (45 min)

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Review: Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change your Life by Eric Metaxas

“History,” writes Eric Metaxas in the introduction to his book entitled Miracles, “comprises subjective accounts of human beings, and from those subjective accounts we arrive at an ‘objective’ truth” (xii).  He asserts that we need to ask ourselves whether those subjective accounts are reliable by sifting through the information and considering the witnesses as one would do in a court of law.

This, he says, is what we must do when we hear accounts of miracles.  We must “examine (them) with the greatest rigor possible” to determine whether something is truly a miracle.  Otherwise, we could deserve the label of “gullible” that those who reject the very idea of supernatural events sometimes use to describe us.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (02/06- 02/13)

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

The AMP Apologetics Conference 2015


AMP hopes to cultivate in all believers an awareness of issues key to today’s outreach efforts. This year’s theme, Equip to Evangelize, is designed to prepare Christians to use apologetics tools in their evangelism and to become confident witnesses to a skeptical world. AMP 2015 is a two-day apologetics conference [Feb 20-21], hosted by Eastside Christian Church. The conference will feature 10 speakers, all leaders in their respective fields as well as committed evangelical Christians, ready to share their wisdom and experiences in spreading the Good News. Partnering organizations include Reasons to BelieveRZIM, and Biola. Register today using promo code "315" for a discount!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Developing an Apologetics Ministry by James Walker

This audio is from the The Defend the Faith Conference, held January 4-9, 2015 on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The event was organized by ICA, and streamed and recorded by Tactical Faith, and had scores of lectures in apologetics and evangelism by some great apologists. (Tactical Faith past events lectures can be found here.) Watch this blog post for information on accessing all the talks from the event.

In this lecture, James Walker speaks on: Developing an Apologetics Ministry.

Full Lecture MP3 Audio here (70min)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Terminology Tuesday: Dualism

Dualism: Any philosophical theory that posits two distinct primary substances or that is built around a fundamental distinction between two elements. The term is used in a variety of contexts to designate entirely different kinds of theories. For example, ancient Manichaeism was a form of dualism postulating two equal but opposing divine realities, a good power of light and an evil power of darkness. Theism has a dualistic dimensionin that it makes a clear distinction between God and the created order, between the infinite and the finite. Theories positing that the mind (or soul) and the body are distinct substances are also referred to as dualisms, though there are important differences among Platonic, Thomistic and Cartesian forms of mind-body dualism.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), pp. 36-37.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Apologist Interview: Michael Patton

Today's interview is with Michael Patton, president of Reclaiming the Mind and Credo House Ministries found at reclaimingthemind.org. This is a ministry of theological development for lay people. He blogs at Parchment and Pen @reclaimingthemind.org/blog and is also responsible for the development of Credo House of Theology found at credohouse.org. He talks about Credo House, Credo Courses, his ministry experience, dealing with depression, how burnout comes in ministry, common warning signs, sharing struggles, advice for a long-term view, and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (42 min)

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Friday, February 06, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (01/30- 02/06)

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

What Evidentialism Is and Isn't—MP3 by Lydia McGrew

In this audio, Lydia McGrew speaks on the topic: "What Evidentialism Is and Isn’t”. The talk was delivered on January 20, 2015 at the Western Michigan University Chapter of Ratio Christi. This talk was an expanded version of Lydia's blog post "What Evidentialism Is Not”, which can be found here. The talks includes some Q&A as well.

Full MP3 Audio here (1hr 51min)
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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Tools for Tough Questions—MP3: Tim McGrew

This audio is from the The Defend the Faith Conference, held January 4-9, 2015 on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The event was organized by ICA, and streamed and recorded by Tactical Faith, and had scores of lectures in apologetics and evangelism by some great apologists. (Tactical Faith past events lectures can be found here.) Watch this blog post for information on accessing all the talks from the event.

In this lecture, Dr. Timothy McGrew speaks on: Tools for Answering Tough Questions.

Full Lecture MP3 Audio here (77min)

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Terminology Tuesday: Monotheism

Monotheism: The belief in one God (mono-theos) as opposed to belief in many gods (polytheism). Although monotheists may acknowledge the reality of other supernatural powers (such as angels and demons), they believe that all such powers are ultimately under the control or authority of the one God who alone is supreme. Monotheism in its various forms is the teaching of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.1

1. Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 81.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Apologist Interview: Joel Furches

Today's interview is with Joel Furches, a Christian author in the area of Christian Apologetics, Philosophy, and Biblical Scholarship. He writes a Christian column for The Examiner and has done research and writing for Bible Translation Magazine, including contributing a chapter to a book on Biblical Criticism. He is author of Christ-Centred Apologetics: Sharing the Gospel with Evidence. He talks about how he got into apologetics, Ratio Christi chapters, his work as a writer, the themes in his book, defending the centrality of Christ, the cumulative case for Jesus and the Gospel, focusing on evangelism, the importance of hearing counter-arguments, tips for speaking with others, and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (52 min)

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Sunday Quote: Richard Lewontin on Materialism

"We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.

It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door."1

- Richard Lewontin

1 Richard Lewontin, Billions and billions of demons, The New York Review, p. 31, 9 January 1997.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review: Who's Afraid of the Multiverse by Jeff Zweerink

As a Christian who is deeply interested in the sciences and what they bring to the table for defending the existence of God (and the truth of the Christian worldview, specifically), I have often encountered the idea that multiple worlds may exist, which seems to explain away the beginning of the universe and its designed features. When I heard that astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink (Apologetics 315 Interview) wrote an introduction booklet addressing that very challenge, it caught my attention. Who's Afraid of the Multiverse? (Video) provides an introduction to the concept of the multiverse and what its implication is for arguments for God's existence. It is a short read at only 53 pages.

The Multiverse Landscape
Zweerink spends the first half of the book setting stage for why discussions of a "multiverse" is even necessary and explaining what scientists mean by the term. Various observations of the universe have led scientists to believe that the universe experienced a period of expansion speeds exceeding the speed of light. Though the evidence is strong that this took place, exactly how and what caused it to begin and end are currently under investigation. One of the types of multiverse is a necessary implications of the fact of inflation, and one of the others types is a necessary implication of a particular model for the possible mechanism of inflation. Each progressive type becomes more speculative and enjoys less scientific evidence than the previous one.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (01/23- 01/30)

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Burning Questions DVD Documentary

Burning Questions is an apologetics documentary that takes six big questions and explores them from different angles. As well as interviewing many wonderful Christian thinkers, the documentary also interacts with leading advocates of other worldviews (such as Peter Atkins and Stephen Law on atheism). The series was broadcast on national TV by RZIM. The website www.burningquestions.ca has trailers and free online content, such as a study guide for churches and small groups. The DVD series is available internationally. This is a great resource—both for sitting down and watching with non-Christian friends or for getting Christians fired up and equipped for sharing Christ more effectively.

Check out Burning Questions here.
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