Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (04/10 - 04/24)

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Book Review: Peril in Paradise by Mark S. Whorton

The problem of suffering and evil is one of the most persuasive challenges against the Christian worldview. As defenders of the true worldview, Christians need to be prepared to address this challenge. Interestingly enough, this challenge does not only come from unbelievers but also from those within the Church. The idea that animals died before humans arrived on the scene (and fell into sin) is a stumbling block for many to coming to Christ, yet the natural world tells of a history of animal suffering and death prior to humanity. It seems as though the scientific evidence and the claims of Christianity are at odds with one another. In his book Peril In Paradise (paperback and Kindle), Mark S. Whorton addresses this supposed incompatibility directly. His confrontation of the issue is in the context of a long discussion with Christians who support such an incompatibility (which appears to give the unbelievers' concern credibility). The book is 233 pages divided into four parts and sixteen chapters. This review will provide a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book's content, but it is not meant to replace reading the book to dig more deeply into the details of the arguments presented by the author for his conclusions. The review will conclude with this reviewer's thoughts and recommendations.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/27 - 04/10)

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/20 - 03/27)

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/13- 03/20)

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/06- 03/13)

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Friday, March 06, 2015

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (02/27- 03/06)

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The Cell's Design by Fazale Rana - 2.99 on Kindle
Five Views on Apologetics - 2.99
• Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Faith and Keep Your Friends - 2.99
Finding the Real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians and Skeptical Seekers by Lee Strobel - 1.99
Why Trust Jesus? by Dave Sterrett - 0.99
Does God Exist? by William Lane Craig - 0.99
Is the Bible Sexist, Racist, Homophobic? by Jonathan Morrow - 0.99
VeriTalks books, cheap on Kindle
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel - 1.99

WEEKLY LINKS:
Easter Resources 2015
Jesus is not your invisible magic friend
The Christian Faith Is An Evidential Faith
Claims of Contradictions May Display Prejudice
The Case For The Real Jesus, Free Audio Book
Common Objection #24- "There is no evidence for God."
Using a Detective’s Approach When Deciding How to Interact
Confident Christianity Apologetics Conference Auckland - April 2015
Debate Audio: Dr. Gordon Stein vs. Dr. Greg Bahnsen- Does God Exist?
What do ancient non-Christian sources tell us about the historical Jesus?
Mike Licona explains the As, Bs, Cs, Ds and Es of New Testament reliability
Video: How Did the Bible Become Compiled into One Volume? by Mike Licona
New study: scientists discover that inverted retina / blind spot is not a “bad design”
Chapter One Review: The Resurrection of Jesus- A New Historiographical Approach by Mike Licona

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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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