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The Juvenilization of American Christianity

One of the best books to come out recently is Thomas Bergler’s The Juvenilization of American Christianity. Bergler shows that much of what is ineffective in the Christian church today has its roots in the advent of youth programs during the World War 2 era. According to Bergler, entertainment was used to attract youth to church programs, and when those youth grew up, they expected the enter... »

Is Abortion Morally Right or Wrong?

One of the most debated questions today is whether or not abortion is morally acceptable, and, if it is, until what stage in the development of the substance which is created by the fertilization of a human egg by a human sperm?[1] The argument that I will be advancing is based upon arguments and definitions that I have advanced in a blog series that I did on What it means to be a Human Person, pa... »

What is Science?

A common topic of discussion, not only in apologetic circles and academia, but also in mainstream media and education, is the relationship between science and religion, or science and faith, or some such thing. Questions like the following pervade these discussions: Do the findings of the scientific community make trouble for religious belief? Is the practice of scientific research compatible with... »

Ferdinand WHO?

No doubt many of you have had experiences like this one, but having it actually happen to me in person sort of brought it home. Once I  went out shopping for a new desk. I decided on a relatively inexpensive but sturdy one produced by a company named “Magellan”. When I brought my ticket to the desk, the clerk there – who will remain unidentified in any way – asked for help from one of the other cl... »

How Does God Cause Evil? Part 1

How Does God Cause Evil? Part 1

Back in July, Gregory Boyd wrote a post on interpretation methods and their relevance to OT passages.  The most common interpretive method today by evangelicals is that the meaning of the text is what the author meant it to mean (which we can call, Authorial Intent).  Boyd believes this to be a relatively new development, even placing its birth in secular thought.  He believes that prior to Author... »

Thoughts on Joseph Atwill

Thoughts on Joseph Atwill

Did the Romans invent the Christians? Let’s talk about it on Deeper Waters. There has been much talk lately about Joseph Atwill and his claim that Jesus was invented by the Romans. It’s still bizarre to think the Romans would create a religion that they would go out and persecute. Still, many are claiming that Atwill is a biblical scholar as even the press release about the announcement said. Real... »

Building the Kingdom of God: a living apologetic

Building the Kingdom of God: a living apologetic The world is in the grip of a culture of materialism dominated by greed and self-interest. Predictions of social, economic and environmental catastrophe indicate that this consumerist worldview may well destroy us. Neither political parties nor governments, neither economic gurus nor commercial institutions seem to have any answers. But Christians d... »

The Central Problem for Cosmological Arguments

The Central Problem for Cosmological Arguments

In this post I hope to sketch out the problem of actual infinities as is often utilized in the Kalam cosmological argument, the response that I am unable to respond to, and the basic question whose answer would settle the issue for me but I am unable to answer. First, a quick note on mathematical symbols to clear things up for those who are not familiar with mathematical notation or the notation I... »

A DEFENSE OF AQUINAS’S FIRST WAY

A DEFENSE OF AQUINAS’S FIRST WAY

In this article I will first outline Thomas Aquinas’s first way, then comment on the premises.[1] Aquinas says that this is the most evident or manifest way to demonstrate that God is.[2] It should be noted that if this argument demonstrates that a divine being exists, it is not a demonstration, or a making manifest, of the nature of God, but, of the fact that God exists, or is. It is a demonstrat... »

Cluttering the Timeless Text

Many apologetics answers rely on returning the Bible to its original contexts. I once received the following response from a Skeptic to one such answer I gave”: Is common language for that civilization? shouldn’t be your god’s word universal and consider that his creations (us) will be reading that for the eternity?  My answer sums up the matter:    No, there’s no reason Go... »

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