Archives / 2014 / April

Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Horus Myth?

What if I told you there was once an ancient religion whose God was conceived by a virgin named Meri and had a stepfather named Seb (Joseph)? What if I told you this God was born in a cave and his birth was announced by an angel, heralded by a star and attended by shepherds? He attended a special rite of passage at the age of twelve (although the ancient texts describing this God are silent about ... »

A Critique of White’s Reply to Harwood’s Message

I started writing a review of James White’s recent critique of Adam Harwood’s talk at Truett-McConnell, but then decided against it because White’s initial comments are extremely distasteful. Nevertheless, people need to know the truth and it is worth wading through the bad stuff to get there. First I will deal with White’s initial comments, then I will deal with the more relevant objections... »

A site with dozens of contradictions – help?

This is my first post on this message board, and am relatively new to apologetics.  I’m working on developing my debating skills, and someone has posted a link to a site that has 194 “contradictions”. At the outset, it seems like pretty easy work to go through and refute these based on taking the quoted verse out of context, or by using a different translations. Has anyone else c... »

Covenantal/Presuppositional apologetics: JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

Baptizing in the name of the Father, Michael the Archangel and God’s personal force. When examining someone’s belief system that claims biblical authority as at least part of their foundation, we must find where this religious person has erred in such a way that they do not believe in the biblical Jesus or His Gospel. Why? John 3:36 36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting lif... »

Two Hidden Science Facts in the Passion Week

I’ve been on the road for several weeks, training Christians in churches (and at conferences) prior to the Easter holiday. Much of this training has been focused on the Gospel accounts of the Passion Week. Why should we trust these accounts, and how might we evaluate their reliability? As I first examined the Gospels, I found two pieces of hidden science lending credibility to the eyewitness accou... »

Rights vs. Good in Political Society

Arguably, it is plain to see that modernity, understood in the context of most democratic liberal societies, has yielded a highly individualistic conception of freedom, specifically in terms of rights. This transmutation of freedom and justice into talk about rights undergoes a further transmutation where rights in general have become more narrowly construed in terms of economic rights, and even m... »

Public Theology and the Public Square

Following on from my previous two blogs posts (here and here), in this post I would like to consider briefly the idea of ‘public theology’ which is increasingly becoming of a term of art and of endearment. The idea has been considered and somewhat popularised by noted Christian theologians such as Max Stackhouse and Jürgen Moltmann. Stackhouse calls ‘public theology’ specifically ‘public’ because:... »

Theology Plus Political Theory: a Critique of John Rawls

In my last post, I suggested that when it comes to analysing society it is important to consider not only theology but also social theory. In this post, I look at how political theory also crucially informs our understanding of society, especially the public life thereof. I offer the example of the famed political philosopher of Harvard, John Rawls. Rawls has had a towering influence in the discus... »

So-Called Secularization of the West: Theology Plus Social Theory

The famed sociologist José Casanova has argued for what he calls the ‘deprivatization theory’ which has to do with the role of religion in public life (cf. José Casanova, Public Religions in the Modern World (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994). This (rather well-received) argument suggests simply yet profoundly that, contrary to classical secularization theory, as the more modern a countr... »

A Simple Note about Changing the World

Many Christians (indeed, many people generally) think that social change takes place in quite a linear fashion: great thinkers think thoughts; those get passed down to the masses; and society changes accordingly. It is one thing to trace the genealogy of an idea; it is another to appreciate a second crucial dimension in analysing social change: the sociology of knowledge. Take for example the so-c... »

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